All posts tagged layout

Need a short-term creative director or visuals editor? Here’s how that works

[Looking for traditional redesign help? Start here.] Expanding on recent client interest, in addition to traditional redesign consulting I’m now offering two new services: guest creative direction, and remote design editing and production. These may be of particular benefit to smaller publications, who may need these services but have limited need or budget for full-time staff to take them on. […]




For Montana Newspaper Association: Editing and design resources

I’m looking forward to speaking at the 130th Montana Newspaper Association convention this weekend in Big Sky, MT. My topic will be design and editing techniques to make newspapers more engaging for readers and advertisers. Following are resources for attendees that will be mentioned in my talk:




Who needs an artist? Tips for using Google maps for news stories

[FOLLOWING IS ONE OF SEVERAL HANDOUTS POSTED HERE ESPECIALLY FOR MEMBERS OF THE ALBERTA WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION – BUT ANYONE IS WELCOME TO READ AND ENJOY!] In a review of more than a hundred news pages produced by the members of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, at whose conference I was invited to speak this weekend, I […]




Magazine redesign: Exploring display typography during prototyping

One of my favorite things about working on magazine redesigns is exploring the possibility of display type to create energy and excitement throughout the pages. I learned long ago not to be put off by potentially dry or academic content – every story has potential to be made more visually inviting with display type.




It’s a tabloid! It’s a magazine! It’s … Super Compact!

 




Thumbs up for Sun-Times’ backpage nod to Ebert’s legacy

“Do you go to work every day and try to master your job and feel deeply that it matters? Do you believe that you can, through sheer excellence, make it matter even more? Roger Ebert did.” When big news breaks (and in Chicago, Roger Ebert’s death has been big news), those who still love newspapers, […]




Redesign offers big impact in smaller format for heroin investigation

I’ve always been a big fan of the tabloid newspaper format. I especially like how, for an important investigative series, the smaller page can shine a spotlight on the news in a way that a multi-topic broadsheet front page, with all its distractions, might not. The tab format, when information is smartly “segmented,” also makes […]




Grid, Week 2: Inside view from the publisher, plus new pages

Publisher: “We’re going like hell and trying to do something great – there are no rules here.” It’s always great to see a client move into the second week and beyond after a new launch, and not see any evidence of working out the kinks. Thus is the case with this batch of pages from […]




Meet ‘Grid,’ a Chicago business mag with a focus on careers, networks

When asked by Chicago Sun-Times Media Group late last year to help with the creation of a new weekly business supplement, I was a bit skeptical. Nice to have the work, but hadn’t the paper been cutting back on business coverage (and staff)? And with the Crain’s flagship business weekly in town, the Trib down […]




New year, new clients: hello again,
Sun-Times, and U of Chicago

By coincidence as much as anything, I’ve had a history of really interesting clients, and 2013 has dawned with a couple that are no exception. First, for several months I’ve been helping the Chicago Sun-Times create a new business magazine (details and prototype images to come later). This paper has seen its share of change […]