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Cincinnati reader feedback: ‘Truly awesome.’ (Plus: more live pages)

Near the end of the first day of the new look/format/spirit Cincinnati Enquirer, Editor Carolyn Washburn forwarded a selection of reader comments, which I’ve interspersed below with live page designs from the second and third day. (Kudos to Gannett Louisville Design Studio manager Ryan Hildebrandt and his crew.) From my experience in years of redesigns […]

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 […]

Meet ‘Grid,’ a Chicago business mag with a focus on careers, networks

When asked by Chicago Sun-Times Media Group late last year to help with the creation of a new weekly business supplement, I was a bit skeptical. Nice to have the work, but hadn’t the paper been cutting back on business coverage (and staff)? And with the Crain’s flagship business weekly in town, the Trib down […]

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 […]

New year, new clients: hello again,
Sun-Times, and U of Chicago

By coincidence as much as anything, I’ve had a history of really interesting clients, and 2013 has dawned with a couple that are no exception. First, for several months I’ve been helping the Chicago Sun-Times create a new business magazine (details and prototype images to come later). This paper has seen its share of change […]

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) […]

Cincinnati Enquirer: photojournalism gets a more personal voice

One of the real joys of my newsroom visits is being able to see in print or online, sometimes immediately, the end result of our conversations about change in culture,  creativity, the development of personal “voice,” and other topics that go beyond “design.” Two real-life examples followed my recent three-day visit to the Cincinnati Enquirer, to […]

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, […]

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 […]

22 things to never say to a designer or art director

Following up on my last post, “Things to never say to a photojournalist,” we have the classic list that inspired it. Reprinted from The American Editor, the journal of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, these gems were originally compiled by Brenda Shoun, who for a long time was a genius designer/editor with the Orange […]