More print redesign advice: Remember e-mail

Jay Small, writing on his Small Initiatives blog, comments on my latest Editor & Publisher Online column about how to smartly redesign print editions of newspapers. One of the key points in my column is that newspapers need to provide MANY more refers and pointers to online and mobile content, in an effort to guide…

My prescription for saving the print edition

Here’s my latest Editor & Publisher Online column, posted today: “Don’t Redesign the Print Edition to Ensure Failure.” It’s an opinion piece about how the wave of print-edition redesigns by the newspaper industry is largely missing the boat. Publishers need to focus on their core older audience when it comes to the print edition, and…

The new (more readable) Boston Globe

The Boston Globe introduced a modest redesign of its print edition today. It’s nowhere near as dramatic as the recent redesigns by Tribune Co. papers, so the paper still looks like itself. Kudos to whoever wrote the redesign FAQ. Sure, there’s the predictable “we’re improving the paper for YOU!” wording, but it’s also tempered with…

Prediction: How geezers will adapt to web, mobile for news

Here’s a little prediction that’s been spinning around my head lately. I’ll release it here on my blog to leave room in there for something else. As newspapers (especially the larger metros, which face the worst declines) continue to lose staff, lose ad revenues, and in general get lower in quality, their loyal older readers…

Dull ink meets new-era design

A colleague at the Chicago Tribune was kind enough to send me a few print copies of the newly redesigned paper. I’ve looked over many editions online, using both PressDisplay.com and the Chicago Tribune Electronic Edition for digital replicas of the print pages. But that online viewing just isn’t the same thing as what Chicago…

This is probably going to end badly for Tribune Co.

I’ve been thinking more about the Tribune Co.’s “radical” print newspaper redesigns, which started with its Orlando Sentinel last Sunday. I’ve checked out the print edition each day this week. Overall, my impressions are big-time negative — not so much from a how-it-looks perspective (the design is nice enough), but rather from a corporate strategy…

Lipstick on a pig?

This Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel will debut a significant redesign of the print edition (prompted, of course, by Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell‘s company-wide call to go crazy and reinvent newspapers). While I’m writing this in advance of seeing the actual paper, there is a nice multimedia presentation that shows what’s coming. So I’m commenting…

What, no avatar yet?

On this blog (and many others), if you post a comment your personal avatar will automatically accompany your comment — assuming that you have an avatar assigned to your e-mail address using either Gravatar or MyBlogLog (both free services). Many of you have yet to assign yourselves avatars. These can be comic characters (as I…

What would you do with your comic avatar?

I’m doing a little market research for a project and would greatly appreciate your advice. My question: What would you do with a personal avatar that looked like a comic-strip version of you? How would you use it? What uses could you foresee for a comic avatar of your face and body, or just your…

How to save money on your design bills

This item is about saving money, not making it. … Look at the top of this page. See the graphic site logo or masthead with the flames? That cost $1.30 to produce. OK, maybe you get what you pay for, you’re thinking … but I kinda like it. So the story is that I found…

How to be fearless and cautious with a redesign

The folks in the online department at the Poynter Institute are working on a major redesign for Poynter.org (aka, Poynter Online). It’ll be the first significant overhaul of the website, a resource and training tool for journalists, in 5 or 6 years. In fact, the last big redesign pre-dated the last two eyetracking studies conducted…

New Poynter.org coming, eyetrack-tweaked

My former colleagues at the Poynter Institute have produced a nice video about the upcoming (significant) redesign of Poynter.org (aka, Poynter Online). I worked with Poynter for about four years (I’ve now been away a couple years), and first arrived just as the team was putting finishing touches on the previous redesign, as I recall….