All posts tagged consultancy

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Goodbye to a lover (mostly) of local newspapers

[Mom and dad read the daily papers. Photo circa 1980s.] La Porte County (Indiana) newspapers may have lost their most faithful reader with the passing of my mom, Carolyn Reason, on Thanksgiving Day. Sadly, crosswords will now go unsolved. Typos will go undiscovered. Comics, columns and coupons will go unclipped; the tomfoolery of local officials […]

Magazine redesign: Anatomy of a news page makeover

News pages of Hispanic Business, before redesign. Click twice to enlarge

I want to design a startup newspaper or magazine: Where to start?

So you want to design a startup newspaper or a brand-new magazine? You may wish to try this yourself, or considering hiring someone to create prototypes and a template for you. Here are some thoughts and links to get you going, from Ron Reason News Design. (I have designed quite a number of startups, as […]

I want to redesign my newspaper or magazine: Where to start?

So you want to redesign your newspaper or magazine? You may be tired of the old look, or confronting a technical change such as a change in your page size. Or you may be considering putting your publication up for sale. Here are some thoughts and links to get you going, from Ron Reason Consulting. […]

Newspaper redesign today:
Start at the bottom line

Now is not the time to be closed-minded in our thinking about new ways to generate revenue, and the newspaper redesign process needs to evolve to make this a huge priority, from the absolute starting point of a project (including search for a consultant), not three months after the debut of a new look.

‘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 […]