All posts tagged design

Production hubs and newspaper redesigns: Project management advice

In the last few years, the bulk of my consulting work has come from redesign projects for newspaper “hubs,” or centralized staffing centers where shared templates (with, perhaps, a controlled amount of customization) allow for streamlined production. First off was a shared design created for the three large “metro” newspapers of Media General, in Tampa, […]




Election 2012: Nice work by client newspapers

Visit a selection of Election 2012 front pages from our former clients. Nice to think of how many of these will be keepsakes for years to come, for many readers. Good work all around!




Client references and recommendations

Following are recommendations from former clients. With the exception of the final testimony from Judy VandeWater, all are excerpted from my LinkedIn profile. Jeremy Weate Multimedia Director, Timbuktu Media, Nigeria (I worked with Jeremy and his team on custom newsroom training programs and the creation of multimedia strategy for the startup news organization NEXT.)




An illustrated trip through time
with The Chicagoan magazine covers

Windy City publisher J.C. Gabel this month revived “The Chicagoan” magazine, which originally was launched in 1926 and lasted 9 years. Their covers were illustrative, alluring, and dynamic – I’ve posted a few of my favorites from that period over at my Facebook page. Make sure to “LIKE” the page and you’ll be alerted to informative, […]




Warning to coverjunkies: Watch out for paper cuts!

A fun and smart surprise for magazine “cover junkies” has arrived in my mailbox from across the seas: Jaap Biemans’ one-off magazine celebrating the most notable magazine cover designs of 2011. Be warned: despite the cleverly edited title, it IS “an addiction to creative magazine covers that you wanna lick.” Lush, inviting, and expertly crafted, […]




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 […]




From a campus mag, a word-visual marriage to learn from

Sharp, focused, relevant words, married up with fun, surprising, captivating imagery – what more could you ask for from a magazine? Over the years it has seemed like pulling teeth to get that out of some of my professional clients, but the student staff of INSIDE magazine at IU-Bloomington (some of whom I have mentored […]




At Burning Man, two alt weeklies stir up some dust

I’ve been in alt-weekly mode with several fascinating clients this year, and some work with the Association of Alternative News, so I was intrigued to find not one but two alternative weekly newspapers circulating at Burning Man, the annual desert festival of art-culture-camping-music-whatever in the remote desert of Nevada. Well, no wifi or cell phone service […]




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 […]




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 […]