Week 2 – Space

Format

The New York Times is a broadsheet daily newspaper distributed throughout the world. It is folded in two and can be creased a myriad of ways to read any of the six articles that cover the front page.

The page count of this edition’s news section runs 24 pages, while B is 20 more, followed by eight in section C and eight in section D. The New York Times is probably the most recognized newspaper in the world and every long-term design decision it makes like has a lot of thought put into it. Its format and publishing cycle is iconic, but that doesn’t stop the large broadsheet format from becoming cumbersome to read. The newspaper’s choices are successful, but sometimes I’d rather reach for my iPhone to go on NYTimes.com than deal with 60 huge pages flying everywhere.

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Grid

The margins on the left and right of the pages are about half an inch from the edge to the first columns of type. The bottom margin is the widest, going about a full inch from bottom to the type for the teasers for the inside articles. Gutters are about a quarter of an inch between columns. The margins couldn’t be any closer to the edges. It works because it’s the New York Times, but I don’t think all papers could get away with shoving this much content onto a page. When people open up the Times they’re not really looking to be wowed by a ton of pictures, but rather the news.

There are six columns across a page and each column is about an inch and a half. The top story always goes on the far right. Stories are separated using a thin line that usually doesn’t intersect with crossing lines, leaving a small amount of space.

Content

Sections include news, New York, national, international, business, sports, opinion, arts, styles and home. News always comes first. Sports is usually packaged with the business section, though sometimes it’s separate. The content covers everything you could possibly want to get out of a newspaper each day. There’s everything from Africa’s economy to deflated footballs to wearable looks. One aspect that I find interesting is the prominence of The Upshot on page three. It’s a prime spot for something that started out online, but has made a difference in the news industry using data.

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Layout and white space

Most inside pages have three stories-per-page. The only white space to be found is in the gutters separating columns and pictures, and in the spaces between each story. The long pages give the space for three stories on each page and it doesn’t feel crammed. It’s also pretty easy to navigate and I think that’s a credit to the limited use of white space. The stories are spaced just enough apart where it looks visually appealing and you know it’s separate, but it doesn’t waste space – allowing for three stories on the page.

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