All posts tagged newspaper

The redesigned Cincinnati Enquirer: Readers Guide, first pages

Congratulations to Editor Carolyn Washburn, Gannett Design Team Supervisor Ryan Hildebrandt, and their teams today as they debut a new look, format, and spirit for the Cincinnati Enquirer. The paper is the second major title in the U.S. to convert to a folded, tall-tab format called “Super Compact/Three Around,” and Washburn took the opportunity over […]




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 […]




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.)




Reader’s “Best of …” issue: Viral marketing innovations, strong ad sales

More than a year out from its redesign, I now keep an eye on the Chicago Reader as, well, a reader. Things are never dull for what has been, for 40 years, one of the most influential alt-weeklies; most recently, its sale to Sun-Times Media Group caused a stir. But the summer event I look […]




Goodbye to a lover (mostly) of local newspapers

[Mom and dad read the daily papers. Photo circa 1980s.] La Porte County (Indiana) newspapers may have lost their most faithful reader with the passing of my mom, Carolyn Reason, on Thanksgiving Day. Sadly, crosswords will now go unsolved. Typos will go undiscovered. Comics, columns and coupons will go unclipped; the tomfoolery of local officials […]




Advertising innovation requires a systematic approach

I feel strongly that innovative solutions for advertisers have to be a part of any news redesign (and it’s often the starting point of my process). Why just move things around or dress them up, when you can improve the financial health of the enterprise? This blog post walks you through how we created a […]




The Panorama experiment: What newspapers and magazines can still learn

What if you redesigned your newspaper, or published a start-up, that elicited reactions like this:




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 […]