All posts tagged tabloid design

7 Things to Love About The Stranger: An Illustrated Guide.

[Update: Since this blog post was first published in 2010, some design elements of The Stranger may have changed, but the spirited visual mission has not. Find lots of fun new links celebrating the paper’s 25th anniversary at the bottom of this post. To be clear, this was not one of my redesign projects; rather, it’s among […]




Reader’s cover this week:
‘Type attack’ to the rescue

Love, love, LOVE this week’s cover design from former client Chicago Reader. Great example of a “type attack” conveying a kick-ass point better than a mug shot or some corny illustration with dollars being stuff into a back pocket. Kudos, as always, to art director Paul Higgins, Editor Mara Shalhoup and staff. Chicago’s professional watchdog […]




6 things the news industry can learn from the Chicago Reader (print edition)

[ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 40TH BIRTHDAY] Last year I wrote an admiring post here on Seattle alt weekly The Stranger, praising the paper (as well as its integrated, smart and funny marketing and digital efforts), and pondering: This is a paper I’d really seek out if I lived in Seattle. What is it about […]




Will newspaper tabloid conversions finally take off?

It’s not quite a tab, but a new smaller shape is being considered by several U.S. publishers of broadsheet newspapers, reports Poynter Online this week. This report has caused a bit of a stir and led to a number of inquiries asking: is now the time when we move closer to tabloid in the States? Of […]




Chicago Reader redesign:
‘Will it get me to pick up the paper?’

“READER Week” continues, heralding the April 28, 2011 relaunch of the Chicago Reader. This post previews key changes that aim to make the print edition more appealing to readers and advertisers. There are dozens of smaller improvements to navigation and new content, but below are the biggies. In editing this post, I decided to address […]




Chicago Reader redesign:
A new music section to flip for

[Prototypes for covers of B Side: Chicago’s Music Magazine, the new music section of the Reader. Click to enlarge] Welcome to “READER Week,” a series of posts looking at the April 28, 2011 relaunch of the Chicago READER, the alternative newsweekly celebrating its 40th year. To kick things off, we look at what may be the […]




Chicago Reader redesign: Questions, background about the paper and project

I’ve been fielding questions about the Chicago Reader since formally beginning consultation on its redesign in September 2010. Below are a few questions about the redesign since it launched, as well as some basic background and links relating to the paper as of April 2011. For more about the relaunch of the paper on April […]




20+ things to never say to a photojournalist

In light of The Washington Post‘s achievement this week in scoring a Pulitzer for its excellent photo coverage from Haiti, I thought I’d dust off this list which originated in my days as Director of Visual Journalism, and faculty member, at Poynter. There, along with my colleague Kenny Irby, we tried hard to help gain/earn […]




Don’t want a generic redesign? Learn from those who focused

Occasionally I get emails from prospective clients, or people working on their own redesigns, or others just interested in publication design, that are worth sharing on the blog. Here’s one that came through over the weekend: Question: “We’re interested in doing a redesign, but concerned about looking like everyone else. Our community is distinctive and […]




Good alt weeklies: ‘The indescribable savoriness of salty, sweet, sour, bitter’

A good alt-weekly. It’s like the journalistic equivalent of umami – the indescribable savoriness that goes with salty, sweet, sour, bitter. It’s just a texture more than anything else and it celebrates being intangible.