All posts tagged Nairobi

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 […]




Being in an African newsroom, when the big story erupts

[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, while on-site working with my client news organizations. My current visit with The Standard in Nairobi, […]




Designing in Africa: What’s that like?

[For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] By Ron Reason  [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 […]




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 […]