All posts tagged Kenya

Relaunch sharpens ‘watchdog’ role

While The Standard had always had a reputation as being a government “watchdog” in this important emerging – and troubled – democracy, the redesign seems to be framing this role in a new, clear light.




Measure of success:
Proof is in the pages

AND, A 22% CIRCULATION INCREASE! * Nothing pleases a consultant more than seeing marked growth in the design and editing of a client newspaper at the six-month mark, when the stress of launch is well behind and everyone should be hitting his stride. I have had the chance to review a number of weeks of […]




In the newsroom, when news breaks out

[Nairobi, Kenya] There’s nothing quite like being in a newsroom when news breaks, and that’s one thing I miss about life as a full-time journalist. As a consultant, I have to take that excitement as I can get it, when on site working with my client news organizations. My current visit with The Standard in […]




Designing in Africa: What’s that like?

[Lagos, Nigeria] I have worked on redesigns or conducted training programs in about 25 countries, but no destination has elicited the “wow” factor like Africa, among people who hear about my work. I have worked with The Standard group in Nairobi, Kenya, for almost two years now, and return on Jan. 19, ’09 for two […]




Standard of Kenya: The Obama link

During several months in Kenya over the last year, working with my client, The Standard Group, interest was high at the newspaper and in the community about the candidacy of Barack Obama (whose father was Kenyan). During his visit to the country in 1996, Obama stopped by the newspaper to visit with media leaders. You […]




Launching today:
A new Standard for design in Kenya

In its first comprehensive redesign in years, The Standard of Nairobi, Kenya launches its new design today. Above are shown thumbnails of prototypes and I hope to post live images as soon as I can obtain them. You can read the paper’s announcement of the news here. Meanwhile, here are a few fun facts about […]