I’M DELIGHTED with the results of the redesign of Legatus Magazine.
It’s a publication distributed to a limited but powerful group of Catholic business leaders.
The redesign has been a long-term project. Actually, I began working on it last April, with Editor Patrick Novecosky and designer Shawna Kunz.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with the first issue. It’s colorful. It’s crisp. It’s contemporary. It’s bold. All of those qualities we had worked on when I visited with Patrick and Shawna last spring in Ave Maria, FL.
A half dozen pages from the first issue follow. If you want to see the entire final proof of the inaugural issue, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a link!
Thanks, Patrick and Shawna…for a wonderful redesign experience and a great first issue!
THIS HAPPENS. A LOT. Not only to web designers, but to other designers (yrs truly included) as well.
Those of you who are designers know what I’m talking about. You will laugh/cry at this link: How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell at the oatmeal.com.
And it isn’t only web or publication design. If you’re an ad designer, you’ve had this happen to you about, oh…a bazillion times!
Thanks to follower Laurie Shillings for sending this one along.
JEANETTE HAS BEEN WATCHING this blog for some time, and has offered some pages in the past. Now, she comes to us with a redesign…exciting!
Her note follows, then the pages, with comments from Ed.
We recently went through a redesign, so I thought I’d send in an old and new version to see what you think? If you’d like to see a couple more, let me know. Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks!
1. You say you “went through” a redesign. This is unclear. Did you do the redesign yourselves or were you helped by an outsider?
2. The nameplate is more open and contemporary, the teasers are much easier to navigate.
3. Looks like you’ve returned to justified text in some stories. Do you have a style guide that spells out why and when that is to occur?
4. The new Bureau Grotesque typeface is, perhaps, a bit dated nowadays. But it’s certainly an improvement from your previous sans serif display face.
5. I wish you had allowed more negative space between packages. It still feels very tight.
Overall, it’s an improvement but I’m concerned that it doesn’t go far enough.
Reax from the rest of you would help Jeanette. What do you say?
MY FRIEND MIKE DOWTY, Managing Editor at the Livingston Parish News (Denham Springs, LA), sends along this page for review and comment.
Mike and I worked on a redesign of the Livingston Parish News last year and we’re delighted with the results. The paper is more open, more comfortable and more compelling. The credit for that goes to others there, including graphic artist Paul Hatton, who designed this front for the Arts & Entertainment section.
From Mike’s note:
“The package was designed from material on the museum provided by Arts & Entertainment Editor Carol Stuart. The concept was to showcase the museum and its programs by first drawing in the reader with compelling graphics, then present the information in a concise orderly way to make it useful as a “how to find what you want” guide. Not every entertainment event lends itself to such a presentation, but this is the ideal we shoot for. I think the creative use of black suggesting the atmosphere of a planetarium was particularly effective.”
So do I, Mike. So do I. I think the page is a standout.
OK…what do you think?
APPARENTLY, READERS of the Hartford Courant weren’t all that happy with the vertical nameplate that came as part of the newspaper’s redesign last September. So, now with new management at the helm, the newspaper has decided to return to a more traditional look.
The Courant surveyed readers (and even threw an u-g-l-y reversed blue flag into the mix!) and those readers were pretty strong for the horizontal nameplate.
It’s mistake I wouldn’t have made in the first place. But I gotta applaud them for listening to their readers and being willing to take a step back,
How about you? Would you have done it? What are your thoughts?
[Thanks to friend and editor Patsy Pelton]
THE FRANCIS A. HENNINGER Grant Program finally received mention in Editor & Publisher magazine. Well, the Fitz & Jen blog. If you want to see it there, click on this link and then scroll down to the fifth post. No need to, though: Just check out the screenshot above.
I learned the lesson all over again about going to the right person. I had sent the release three times previously to someone else at E&P with no response. Then earlier this week I contacted Jennifer Saba (the Jen of Fitz & Jen) and she placed the post yesterday.
Persistence pays off.
I’m finding that persistence pays off also in my continuing to place the Francis A. Henninger Grant Program before publishers at small newspapers.
The program is simple: It’s a way for small newspapers to benefit from a professional, market-driven and customized redesign at a significantly reduced investment. The amount of each grant is based on criteria such as ownership, staff size, cycle and circulation.
I’m on a mission: To help small newspapers, through the grant program, to receive professional design help.
Please help me to spread the word. If you know someone who’s interested, please ask them to contact me.
SAM LUCERO, News and Information Manager of The Compass, sent along this recent front page. The Compass is the diocesan newspaper of Green Bay, WI.
I was delighted to see that The Compass had been awarded first place for General Excellence by the Catholic Press Assn.! I had worked with Sam to redesign The Compass.
“Wow!” I thought. “I must be pretty good! First, the Western Catholic Reporter…and now The Compass! I am one very-fine designer..!”
Sam brought me back down to earth this afternoon with the news that the papers submitted were before the redesign had been introduced.
“OK,” I said. “That just means that you’ll have to win it again next year!”
Redesign and awards notwithstanding, The Compass is a fine newspaper and I’m proud to have worked with Sam, who is also an excellent photographer.
Sam and I welcome your comments on this page.