All posts tagged Chicago

Grid, Week 2: Inside view from the publisher, plus new pages

Publisher: “We’re going like hell and trying to do something great – there are no rules here.” It’s always great to see a client move into the second week and beyond after a new launch, and not see any evidence of working out the kinks. Thus is the case with this batch of pages from […]




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 […]




Chicago Reader redesign: Questions, background about the paper and project

I’ve been fielding questions about the Chicago Reader since formally beginning consultation on its redesign in September 2010. Below are a few questions about the redesign since it launched, as well as some basic background and links relating to the paper as of April 2011. For more about the relaunch of the paper on April […]




Marketing campaigns for newspaper, magazine redesigns

One of the primary reasons clients seek out my services is that I approach design from a content and usership standpoint. Trained as a journalist, and having spent many years working closely with newspaper and magazine clients, I understand clearly that every client has a good story to tell – whether this is an annual […]




Injun Summer, meet Tribune Summer

x I have vivid childhood memories of my grandfather, a longtime Chicago Tribune reader in Valparaiso, Ind., pulling out the paper each autumn and showing us kids John T. McCutcheon’s “Injun Summer.” At the time it appeared regularly on the inside back cover of the Trib‘s glossy Sunday magazine (ah, those were the good old […]




Don’t ever say I don’t run
your illustrations large enough …

I have known Andrew Skwish for so many years, I lose track. I originally helped hire him at the St. Petersburg Times years ago to design the then-innovative (and widely imitated) kids section, Xpress. Giving him a long leash, he had fun with the dynamic features section, using photos, illustration, and type in creative (and […]




Newspapers dying? Don’t tell these 5 startups

Perhaps hard to believe with the current business climate, but people are still boldly starting up newspapers. Five startups have been among my projects within the last year: Crain’s Manchester Business, a U.K. offshoot of the most notable city business publications in the U.S. This weekly title is a fully original, locally produced product and […]