All posts in category Design Q and A

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 […]

How to make something from nothing?

From the Design With Reason inbox: “What are the ways to make Page One attractive on a dull day?” Sajeev Kumar T.K, Visual Editor, Kerala Kaumudi (Kerala, India) Coincidentally I received this query at the start of my daylong visit last week with editors and designers from the Indiana Daily Student, at my alma mater, […]

‘Sorry! F*ck passion! Fight more!’ A Dutch mag with attitude

[SUPER BONUS: A CHECKLIST OF SIX QUESTIONS from RON REASON NEWS DESIGN, BELOW, TO ASSESS OR CREATE YOUR OWN COVER DESIGN STRATEGY.] Follow me on Twitter to be alerted to new posts like this one! See end of post for numerous fun and informative links. YEARS OF TRAVELING the world for my consulting work, photography […]

‘What’s the biggest mistake designers make?’

The design mailbag weekly seems to offer up an inquiry such as this one, from Lucija Å ilić, studying at Faculty of Graphic Arts, in Zagreb, Croatia: “I am writing a thesis about evaluation criteria in newspaper and magazine design. I would appreciate if you can recommend some books, papers or web sites. (Of course, I […]

IFRA asks: What’s the state of news design?

Brian Veseling, Senior Editor of the IFRA magazine “Newspaper Techniques,” wrote recently to ask me a few questions about the state of the art of news design and redesign. Here are his questions and my answers: 1) How has newspaper design evolved in the past few years and how much do you expect it to […]

How to reinstate/reinvent business coverage?

Received this inquiry from an editor at a 60,000-circulation daily: “Ron – I was looking over your Web site. We are considering reinventing our daily and Sunday business pages and section. We are basically starting from scratch, since we have not put much emphasis on business coverage in the last few years. “Do you know […]

Do page-one teasers boost single copy sales?

From the mailbag this week, another editor writes to ask if  promos (throws, teasers) in the mast or nameplate area really boost single copy newspaper sales: Mr. Reason, We are examing how we use banners/teasers on our front page to make sure they are as effective as possible. Right now we often rely on a […]

A thriving life after newspaper design? Yep. Here’s how

[Chicago] Every day brings new conversations with editors, news designers, photographers and students on the subject: what sort of life, and career, can there be after newspapers? And in this economy? To that end, I posted an entry yesterday questioning how we define ourselves, our lives, our work. I recently got back in touch with […]

The new Trib tab: How’d they do that?

[Chicago] It’s a big week of change and not just in D.C. Here in Chicago, newspaper readers like me woke up today to another innovation from the Tribune – a new compact format of the daily newspaper. (The company’s tabloid sibling, Red Eye, has been around for a while, but it’s a different creature: a […]

Doing journalism in Africa: What’s that like?

[For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] By Ron Reason  [Lagos, Nigeria] I have worked on redesigns or conducted training programs in about 25 countries, but no destination has elicited the “wow” factor like Africa, among people who […]