All posts tagged tabloid design

Innovation in U.S. papers: Where is it? How to define it?

>> How do we define innovation in newspapers? It’s tricky. Let’s start by giving credit to those trying bold new ways to connect with audiences. Here’s a look inside some very different print publications: a Seattle alt-weekly, the San Francisco literary publisher McSweeney’s, and the Chicago Tribune. One of the fun things about being a […]




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 […]




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 […]




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 […]




Relaunch: the time to ask, ‘Why not? What if?’

A few utterances from my presentation for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies here in Toronto: “Does your paper look like a lecture or a conversation? A press release, or a party?” “Why just redesign? Rethink. Revisit. Reinvent. Not just the look, but what you do, who you serve, and how.” “Why is it that Taquitos […]




Table of Contents pages: WHY?

DISPATCHES FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLIES One bonus of attending a journalism convention is you get to see a ton of samples of fresh papers in one fell swoop. No reader ever sees newspapers this way, but it gives me a chance to think in fresh ways about why and how we do what […]




Creative Loafing relaunch, Issue 2 highlights

. [ATLANTA] The second issue of a relaunch always brings tweaks and adjustments, and a creative energy that often the heat of launch week might not allow. Such is the case with the new look for alt weekly Creative Loafing. Here are a couple of section openers that really caught my eye. . . They […]




News boxes get arty in Atlanta

[Related post: Inside the Creative Loafing redesign and a first peak at live pages.] [ATLANTA] Redesigns should be a chance to have a little fun, interact with the community, and generate “buzz” in new ways. I loved Creative Loafing’s outreach to the Atlanta arts scene, inviting notable artists to paint news boxes around town. Below is […]




Tuning up your newspaper, or your newsroom? Consider these new services

The time (or your budget) may not be right for a full redesign, but a number of smaller efforts may help you serve readers and advertisers better in this challenging market.