This post on The Next Web.com, which is a news site about all the latest trends in technology and the internet, has basically that; the trends in design and news design across multiple platforms. “10 Web Designs You Can Expect To See In 2014” discusses the major trends seen in today’s innovative design. Simpler color schemes, videos in place of text, and more interesting typefaces are just a few of the attributes discussed. The post also mentions how longer scrolling sites are becoming more common. “Several years ago, it was common to have long scrolling sites that where slammed with content. Well, now we are seeing long scrolling websites but the content is more organized and in a much easier format to digest,” Amber Turner, the author, says. Also, large hero areas are becoming more common. Sites are starting to have large, open, intro areas instead of just opening right to the content. Ultimately, I think these findings basically say we are moving to cleaner, simpler designs focused less on text and more on interactive, video, photo, and graphic content.
This article from The Independent focuses more on newspaper in general and their future. It starts out by saying that all these old newspapers, like The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, were bought by new media, wealthy men. This article tries to answer the question of, “why?”
It is because they recognize that people need news and so news outlets that have strong internet platforms will succeed in this new market. The article finds that a large amount of people now get their news through links shared online and through social media and news outlets can not take this community for granted. And just as design is shifting more to videos, the article says, “Bell Labs in the United States estimates that the ratio of video watched on demand (as opposed to rigid TV schedules) will shift in the next seven years from 30:70 to 70:30. Much of the new video content that audiences will consume in 2020, according to Bell, will be created by companies such as INM, once only in the print business.” In any case, news is headed in an interesting direction.
The Telegraph has an awesome design for a newspaper. At least that’s what my limited knowledge tell me so. It has a great use of colors (black and white) and a wonderful masthead. This site is different because of its use of colors. Unlike most papers, this has a black background to accompany its mostly white layout. The dark background makes the rest of the content pop and the black navigation bar sets a clear line between the content and navigation. Sometimes the navigation on news sites can be confusing but The Telegraph does it well. The typeface of the masthead also distinguishes voice and audience clearly, which is sophisticated, informed, and worldly.
This news site is also really awesome, but this time for its layout. When you go to MSNBC.com, you’re greeted with a giant picture of some news event/person and to the left you see these rows of other news events with the first highlighted to indicate that you are on the first one. As you scroll down the long scrolling page, you scroll down news stories, each one represented with a giant picture and highlighted row to the right. This design is simple, clean, and doesn’t bombard you with a thousand news stories like the New York Times’ site does. All you have to do is click the picture and it takes you to the story. I haven’t seen anything else like this and am quite impressed.