What’s Next in News Design

My first article was a surprising find in that it shows how far reaching the ideas of news design stretch. I (being new to the design world) was excited to see that enthusiasm in news design is quite global. The link below is accompanied by two videos but shows the ending “words of wisdom” from the New Delhi News Design Conference in India. A journalist by the name of Javier Errea was quoted as saying that newspaper design templates should be done away with because they make newspapers monotonous. Who wants to look at the same design on every paper they read?….I surely don’t.


The second piece I found was about the lack of criticism in design. Alexandra Lange’s commentary essay talks about how the pride that designers have in their profession leads to a lack of criticism of those higher up. The design world is now starting to receive much warranted attention so and journalists/designers are so caught up in the “hoopla” of the fame that design is now getting that people are reluctant to speak about anything negative that designs may contain. The question is, though, how can we really progress if no one will criticize and subsequently suggest how we can improve?

An Anatomy of Uncriticism (click here)

This particular news page (left) is the India based newspaper Times of Oman. This news publication is innovative to me because of the bold pictures used on the front page. Typically from what I’ve noticed with newspapers is that the front page tends to be focused on the highlighting noteworthy stories.Front pages can, at most, display a huge  Instead we can see from the A1 of this publication that there are “magaizne-like” advertising and story pictures. The colors are quite vivid almost similar to a high-end travel brochure, but the colors altogether are engaging.

The publication pictured (below) is the front page of the San Jose Mercury Newspaper of San Jose, CA. This is an innovative publication because of its merge between a news and “zine”. When I saw this paper I immediately thought of the cover of time magazine. Think an innovative publication will try and blend a readers common likes between news sources. For example, the clarity and newsworthiness of a newspaper and the aesthetic appeal of a magazine. This technique is especially effective, from what is pictured, because it immediately stands out from the typical line-up of newspapers with blocks of text set off by a bold flag.

The rules and box around the main photograph puts emphasis on the story without relying on a large picture to draw attention. The small blocks of text underneath the main photograph are unique because I have not noticed a placement of text like this before.


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  1. I think we can safely say that news publications, and newspapers specifically, are not among the designs and design groups that have escaped reproach. In fact, we get kicked about on a regular basis—and that’s probably a good thing.

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