News Design

J4500/7500 Advanced Editing and News Design – Spring 2012

Five newspapers named Best in the World

by Nathan Estep

I’m re-posting these not just because I’m nerdy, but because the news ties in with our topic next week. Yesterday five newspapers shared the award for World’s Best Designed Newspaper. Four of them were noteworthy for their use of illustration, especially on their front pages:


Excelsior, Mexíco City, Mexíco

Cir. 75,000 – 174-999 (Daily)

National Post, Toronto, ON, Canada
Cir. 75,000 – 174-999 (Daily)

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Cir. 175,000 & over (Non-Daily)

The Grid, Toronto, ON, Canada
Cir. 25,000 – 74,000 – 74,999 (Non-Daily)

Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cir. 75,000 – 174-999 (Daily)

New rule for blog posts

by Nathan Estep

The subjects that you critique must be unique. In other words, you may not critique something that one of your classmates has already written about. But you are welcome to comment on your classmates’ posts if they interest you. Just pick something of your own to write about in your own post:)

And here’s one more

by Nathan Estep

Remember when I was talking about “keepsake quality?” The Times of Oman won an SND gold medal this weekend for this project

http://www.snd.org/2012/02/second-gold-medal-times-of-omans-ramadan-tiled-poster/

http://apple.copydesk.org/2011/09/02/times-of-oman-observes-ramadan-with-a-page-a-day-for-28-days/

Adonis Durado's Ramadan project

A series of 28 broadsheet pages combine to make one huge poster

In case you’re interested…

by Nathan Estep

Image by Maggie SteberRemember Maggie Steber from last week? Here’s Maggie being interviewed this week by the Image Deconstructed about one of the photo series that she showed you.

http://www.imagedeconstructed.com/post/spotlight-on-maggie-steber

You all should get started on your blog entries. Don’t mind me posting links that I think are interesting. Maybe we can use this blog for a couple purposes.

A preview of what we’ll be talking about this week

by Nathan Estep

http://typographica.org/2012/features/our-favorite-typefaces-of-2011/

Guidelines for critiques

by Nathan Estep

There are few. I’m more interested in reading your ideas about design than I am in regulating how you write it. Twice a month you will:

1. Select some sort of visual communication. I suggest picking newspaper front pages from Newseum because those will be most pertinent to our class. But you’re welcome to look at movie posters, advertisements, magazine covers, billboards, web pages, iPad applications, fine art, needlepoint, business cards, product packaging, tattoos, baseball caps, graffiti, sneakers, blingy fingernail treatments or ANY DESIGNED MATERIAL THAT ATTEMPTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH AN AUDIENCE THROUGH VISUAL EXPRESSION. Upload a pdf or jpeg so that we can see what you’re writing about.

2. In a few paragraphs tell me why you think that the communication is effective or ineffective or both. It would be great if you incorporated ideas and vocabulary from your readings or from class, but I’m also interested in hearing perspectives from life experience or even your gut instincts. Designers aim to create visceral experiences for their audiences, so it’s absolutely correct to “trust your gut” when looking at other designers’ work. One of our goals this semester is to learn to be able to say something a little more complex than “Dude, that’s so cool!” or “Ewww, nasty!” when we respond to design. Tell me WHY you think it’s cool (or nasty), and imagine what sort of decision(s) the designer(s) had to make in order to create the cool/nasty effect.

Got it? And think short. About 150-200 words is plenty. ~N