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Article findings:

About a week ago, eHow published a guideline called “how to design an online newspaper.” This time, eHow give us 7 basic how-to tips for online newspaper design. eHow selected the New York Times, The Guardian, and MSNBC as the examples of successful online newspapers and created the guideline based on those three. So, the guideline basically tells us…setting the text and background colors for your website, setting fonts for the website – focusing firmly on legibility, designing as the header for your website – comparable to the masthead in a print newspaper, and etc. Check the rest of instructions on eHow.

The second article I found is about Jeff Goertzen, consultant and graphics editor of The Denver Post, and his workshop on Infographics for Print and Online for WAN-IFRA (World Association of News Papers and News Publishers). Goertzen basically talked about how information graphics work well for a newspaper, based on his work experience overseas. He defined design as content, which is more than just changing typography or organising photographs. Design basics, graphics and illustrations with style, illustrating information, investigative graphics, and even spicing up the business pages are all important aspects news publishers and editors must seriously consider.

Newspaper findings:

(top) Metro from Canada, has been recently redesigned. Weekend, January 21-23, 2011

(bottom) the first news section page

(top) dbalears from Spain, July 29, 2010

(bottom) the first news section page

Both Metro Canada and dBalears have something in common. First, their basic formats are very similar to magazines, very colorful and visualized. The two newspapers clearly organize the articles into sections by posting each section number and photos. Both newspapers provide strong visuals aid to information, and add a lot to the articles. For example, the photo of dbalears’s section page, which I posted above, is showing you the story. Both newspapers are visually interesting, so I believe that they might be able to gain more young readerships in the future.