All posts tagged Creative Loafing

Follow Bloomberg’s “cover trail,”
chatty new TOC page

If you’re a design nerd (and face it, if you’re here, you are), you may be interested in checking out a few things cooking at Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg’s covers (such as this week’s and last’s, shown above) have really drawn a cult following. They are surprising, often witty solutions that run counter to the traditional […]




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.







Chicago Reader: moving forward (with a quick look back)

Today’s news of a new editor-in-chief at the Chicago Reader is a good push forward for a redesign that has been in the works there (in fits and starts) for a few months. We aim for a spring launch date for the paper soon to be helmed by Mara Shalhoup, currently with Creative Loafing in […]




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 […]




Advertising innovation requires a systematic approach

I feel strongly that innovative solutions for advertisers have to be a part of any news redesign (and it’s often the starting point of my process). Why just move things around or dress them up, when you can improve the financial health of the enterprise? This blog post walks you through how we created a […]




An alt-weekly wish list: Editing, design, spirit

[Newer Post: 7 Things to Love About The Stranger: An Illustrated Guide.] More thoughts from a weekend immersion in the world of alternative weekly newspapers. Fun crowd with lots of talent, energy, and passion, despite the challenges of the current economic climate. Here’s a little fantasizing about where I’d take them in a perfect world […]




Relaunch: the time to ask, ‘Why not? What if?’

A few utterances from my presentation for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies here in Toronto: “Does your paper look like a lecture or a conversation? A press release, or a party?” “Why just redesign? Rethink. Revisit. Reinvent. Not just the look, but what you do, who you serve, and how.” “Why is it that Taquitos […]




Table of Contents pages: WHY?

DISPATCHES FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLIES One bonus of attending a journalism convention is you get to see a ton of samples of fresh papers in one fell swoop. No reader ever sees newspapers this way, but it gives me a chance to think in fresh ways about why and how we do what […]




Creative Loafing relaunch, Issue 2 highlights

. [ATLANTA] The second issue of a relaunch always brings tweaks and adjustments, and a creative energy that often the heat of launch week might not allow. Such is the case with the new look for alt weekly Creative Loafing. Here are a couple of section openers that really caught my eye. . . They […]




A new START for Atlanta’s alt weekly

CREATIVE LOAFING REINVENTS, FROM ATTITUDE TO AD INNOVATIONS [June 10, 2010] “Would you describe your paper as more of a lecture, or a conversation?” That was the question I asked Editor Mara Shalhoup, after I was first invited to consult on the redesign of Atlanta’s Creative Loafing – one of the nation’s better known and […]