As we all know, the future of print is slowly becoming extinct. In order to prevent this from happening, I think it is up to our generation to spark new ideas and initiatives. This is a video of newspaper designer Jacek Utko speaking about the future of newspapers and how designers can save them from disappearing!
Wanting to become a magazine designer in the future, I am glad others are also passionate about keeping the print industry alive. In this video, Utko speaks about why newspapers are dying : People do not want to pay for them, New technology such as your computer or iPhone are much easier ways of accessing news, and environmental issues of wasting paper. Utko expresses the importance of type, color and images and creating the entire newspaper together as a whole.
One of the most important aspects he also mentions (which I discussed in my reflection blog) is the important of a designer to be involved within the newspaper from the beginning. Doing this will not only improve the work of the designer, but will improve the newspaper as a whole.
“Give power to designers” – Jacek Utko ( I like this guy 🙂 )
Another article I found describes the future of news design : Web design.
This author stresses the importance of learning web design JUST IN CASE one day in the future, newspapers are no longer around. This article kind of scares me , because although I think it is a good idea for designers to have some knowledge about web design, I do not want to be forced to only having the option for designing for the web. I feel that designers should be well versed in several different medias of design, but should always have the option of designing through both print and online medias. Let’s find new ways to save newspapers and magazines so there wont need to be a plan b!
This front page from The Times – Picayune uses extreme white space to draw attention to it’s readers. Obviously there is white space between each article, or rules to separate each article from another, but creating a larger gap between certain articles can make an article stand out even more. In this front page, the designer easily made the article “A Solemn Season” the most important on the page by leaving a large amount of white space on both the left and right hand sides. Such an easy task of adding more white space around an article has drawn the reader right to the center of the page.