All posts in category Design Q and A

U of Montana Journalism course syllabus, “J494: Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption”

By Ron Reason University of Montana School of Journalism Spring 2015 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor  WELCOME TO THE LANDING PAGE for “J494: Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption,” The Spring 2015 Pollner Seminar I taught at the University of Montana School of Journalism. In a nut shell, this course covers innovation, experimentation, transformation and upheaval rocking the news […]




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, […]




2012 forecast: When does a newspaper redesign make sense?

One of the most popular pages on the companion site to this blog (Ron Reason News Design) has been my Q&A on when and how to hire a newspaper redesign consultant. I’ve just updated it to reflect the very different consulting approaches my clients have asked of me within the last year, and my thoughts on […]




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 […]




Don’t want a generic redesign? Learn from those who focused

Occasionally I get emails from prospective clients, or people working on their own redesigns, or others just interested in publication design, that are worth sharing on the blog. Here’s one that came through over the weekend: Question: “We’re interested in doing a redesign, but concerned about looking like everyone else. Our community is distinctive and […]




Landing that design/edit job:
3 tips students need now

For a while I’ve been regularly visiting the Indiana Daily Student campus newspaper, and it’s been fun to follow a few of the students in recent years, track their internships and jobs, and field questions like: what do we need to do to improve our chances in the job market? That topic was tackled again […]




Good alt weeklies: ‘The indescribable savoriness of salty, sweet, sour, bitter’

A good alt-weekly. It’s like the journalistic equivalent of umami – the indescribable savoriness that goes with salty, sweet, sour, bitter. It’s just a texture more than anything else and it celebrates being intangible.







The redesign client weighs in: On working with a consultant

The following article is republished with permission from the Spring 2011 issue of Signature, the flagship magazine of Association Media & Publishing that provides practical information and news about the association publishing industry, addresses current issues and technology, and keeps members abreast of new developments. It was written by Carla Kalogeridis, editorial director of Association […]




The consultant weighs in:
Inside the redesign process

When the publishing team at Catholic Health World decided they were ready for a new look, nothing was off limits to change. As a result, they ended up with just the fresh, contemporary design they were hoping for. The following article is by Carla Kalogeridis, editorial director of Association Media & Publishing, and was published […]




Tampa Tribune unveils design, content changes today

Today’s front page launches the new look. Click image twice to view entire page. Update: See an expanded gallery of page design images from the first two weeks of the redesign. [TAMPA, Oct. 12, 2010] The Tampa Tribune debuts some new design elements and added content today (Oct. 12, 2010). Media General hired me in […]