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The redesigned Cincinnati Enquirer: Readers Guide, first pages

Congratulations to Editor Carolyn Washburn, Gannett Design Team Supervisor Ryan Hildebrandt, and their teams today as they debut a new look, format, and spirit for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The paper is the second major title in the U.S. to convert to a folded, tall-tab format called “Super Compact/Three Around,” and Washburn took the opportunity over […]

Prototyping Secrets, Part 2: The Mechanics of Redesign

TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF TEXT, VISUALS, AND ADS  By Ron Reason My recent post dissecting the process of redesign brought an interesting question from a blog reader: How realistic should the text and photos be that are used on prototypes? I think the mechanics of redesign – the use of images, text and ads […]

Prototyping Secrets, Part 1: The Process of Redesign

TIPS FOR LEADING AND MANAGING YOUR PROJECT TOWARD EXCELLENCE  By Ron Reason Editorial redesigns often follow a similar process, which I have refined in my work from Delhi to Dubai. In this post I’ll share thoughts about how to make the most of  the process of prototyping, but I will outline the other steps I often follow […]

Production hubs and newspaper redesigns: Project management advice

In the last few years, the bulk of my consulting work has come from redesign projects for newspaper “hubs,” or centralized staffing centers where shared templates (with, perhaps, a controlled amount of customization) allow for streamlined production. First off was a shared design created for the three large “metro” newspapers of Media General, in Tampa, […]

In Cincinnati, strategic prep
for the new ‘super compact’ format

The current Enquirer page size, left, compared with approximate dimensions of the ‘super compact’ canvas, right. The design is expected to change substantially. Originally published December 2011. Update: We’ve launched!  [CINCINNATI, Ohio] I’ve just returned from an invigorating three days helping to advise the staff of The Cincinnati Enquirer on the paper’s conversion (around October 2012) […]

6 things the news industry can learn from the Chicago Reader (print edition)

[ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 40TH BIRTHDAY] (Related: How our redesign flipped the Reader’s iconic music coverage into its own brand, “B Side.”) Last year I wrote an admiring post on Seattle alt weekly The Stranger, praising the paper (as well as its integrated, smart and funny marketing and digital efforts), and pondering: This is […]

A business newspaper redesigns – ‘from a position of strength’

[The first live edition of the redesigned newspaper. From the logo to the body text, all type was reconsidered. For the first issue, a more magazine-like centerpiece was planned to grab attention. See additional design variations in prototypes below, and compare the new look to the old look from recent issues.] [LITTLE ROCK] Arkansas Business, […]

‘Only got a mugshot?’ Fear not! Impactful designs are possible

CONTEST ALERT! SEND IN YOUR BEST “ONLY GOT A MUGSHOT” COVER AND WIN A BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER COPY OF THE INSPIRATIONAL PHAIDON BOOK, “A SMILE IN THE MIND: WITTY THINKING IN GRAPHIC DESIGN.” (DETAILS BELOW) Two things got me thinking again this week about creating impactful designs when you’ve “only got a mugshot”: A plethora of […]

Osama Day 2 front page: Dissecting
St. Pete’s mastery of editing, design

Today’s second-day front by the St. Pete Times is a standout. Here are three reasons why. I may be an average consumer of news about the Osama capture/killing – viewed the press conference, and listen to NPR in the morning, spend 20 minutes or so surfing stories on the web, follow Facebook/Twitter feeds and review […]

3 unglamorous (but excellent) details from a campus newspaper redesign

The Cult of News Design loves to fawn over magazine covers and newspaper front pages (that’s what wins awards, after all), much to the neglect of small details and inside pages that comprise 90% of a newspaper or magazine. This post zooms in a bit on some smaller but impactful work that came out of […]