All posts tagged newsroom

Want a more creative publication? Skilled staff? Conduct art classes

Often the road to redesign brings happy surprises (beyond, one hopes, a smart looking publication). Prototyping and other goal-setting can suggest workflow restructuring, clarification of roles and responsibilities, and training needs. All came about at our redesign this spring of Crain’s Detroit Business, where redesign project manager Pierrette Dagg was promoted to Creative Services Director shortly before the relaunch. She […]




22 things to never say to a designer or art director

Following up on my last post, “Things to never say to a photojournalist,” we have the classic list that inspired it. Reprinted from The American Editor, the journal of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, these gems were originally compiled by Brenda Shoun, who for a long time was a genius designer/editor with the Orange […]




Tampa Tribune unveils design, content changes today

Today’s front page launches the new look. Click image twice to view entire page. Update: See an expanded gallery of page design images from the first two weeks of the redesign. [TAMPA, Oct. 12, 2010] The Tampa Tribune debuts some new design elements and added content today (Oct. 12, 2010). Media General hired me in […]




Want more zip? Grade your publication’s spirit

Great conversations with creative directors and production managers here in Toronto, with the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. There aren’t a huge number of the art folk here, but they are smart and passionate about their papers, digital products and overall brand. Several have shared this concern: with the tightening of news hole, and down sizing […]




Journalists, you’ve got troubles?
Here’s an inspirational reality check

By Ron Reason Update: This item was posted Aug. 2, 2009. Since that time, NeXT launched its daily edition, and celebrated its 500th week of publishing on Sunday. Congrats to all there. I’ve told the story below of Ruona and her dad dozens of times, and whenever I hit a rough spot with my U.S. […]




Newsroom visit: The Harvard Crimson student paper

[CAMBRIDGE, Mass.] I enjoyed a visit this week with the editors of The Harvard Crimson, whose redesign I directed a few years back. No time like the present to see how this classic, sturdy design has fared, and to see what plans if any are in store to move it forward. A few observations of note: […]




Newsroom as a blank slate:
designing for a multimedia future

Today I had a chance to visit the brand-new newsroom of a client, shown above. A few desks from the circulation department are currently sort of squatting in the space, but will be cleared out soon, leaving quite a large open area which the newsroom will occupy. It seems almost the size of a football […]