All posts tagged illustration

One-year redesign checkup: healthy covers for a healthcare magazine

Occasionally I like to check in on my redesign clients to see how design elements and strategies for change have been adopted. Modern Healthcare magazine, which I redesigned in November 2013, just passed its one-year anniversary. One of the chief directives from Publisher Fawn Lopez: “Ron, we have got to do something about these covers.” […]

Format busters! 3 clients tell stories
in graphic, novel ways

Going bold with ‘comics journalism’: The Reader, Creative Loafing, and U of Chicago research magazine Capital Ideas [July 13, 2014] The work of three current and former clients reinforces the potential for visual journalism to tell complex stories in eye-grabbing ways – the Chicago Reader and Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, both of which I redesigned several years ago, and Capital […]

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, […]

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 […]

Design Critique: From global warming to teen suicide, important topics

[LAST OF A THREE-PART SERIES CRITIQUING NEWSPAPERS OF INDIA] Our third installment of the special series of India newspaper critiques comes via submissions from Suresh N, Senior Visualiser for the Vijay Karnataka daily newspaper (in the regional language of Kannada) at Bangalore, Karnataka state in India. Hello, Suresh! Example 1: “This page is about global […]

Taking the temp of news design – big scary fever charts and other options

When I create a design training program for a newspaper client, I like to use as many fresh examples of news page and web designs as possible, from recent clients or papers I admire. This keeps the conversation on top of design trends and makes the examples seem more relevant. However, working outside the U.S. […]

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 […]