The Daily Blog

By Mario R. García on Oct 24, 2014

New role for me:  Senior Adviser on News Design at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism

Steve Coll, the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has named me the Senior Adviser on News Design. I am honored to maintain my association with the School and look forward to my work with students and fellow faculty.

Tags: Columbia Journalism School, USA, Columbia Journalism Review (CJR)

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By Mario R. García on Oct 23, 2014

It’s presentation day: stand up, deliver with pride—and smile.

Many of those who choose design as a career don’t know it, but they should take a couple of courses in the art of presentation, not necessarily a theater course, although it might not hurt. You see, presentations are key to taking your design project to market—and selling it.

Tags: design, the craft, Medium

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By Mario R. García on Oct 22, 2014

Montreal Gazette: new look, new strategy across four platforms

The Montreal Gazette is the second of eight Postmedia newspapers of Canada to introduce a new look and visual identity. It is also a total rethinking of how news is edited, designed and distributed in the digital age.

Tags: case study, design, multimedia, media quartet, Canada, The Montreal Gazette

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By Mario R. García on Oct 21, 2014

Thumbs up and on the screen for the new iPhone 6 Plus

It is not enough to just keep the finger happy when it comes to those bigger iPhone screens that are now a reality.  We must make sure that the design is fit for the thumb—that king of all fingers.

Tags: usability, iPhone 6, USA, Quartz

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By Mario R. García on Oct 20, 2014

De Telegraaf: one week later, the taming of a lion

It's been one week and two weekends for the team of De Telegraaf to get used to its new tabloid format and all the design/storytelling challenges that come with such change.  The report card is a B+ grade.  Take a look at some of the most recent pages.

Tags: case study, design, newspapers, Netherlands, De Telegraaf

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By Mario R. García on Oct 17, 2014

Vox Sentences: the short of it all—-in the evenings.

It is a new entry into the curated world of at a glance journalism that aims at making us become addicted to a briefing—this one, in the evenings!

Tags: curation, frequency, media quartet, web, USA, Vox

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By Mario R. García on Oct 16, 2014

The new meaning of audience loyalty

Notions of loyalty and frequency have dramatically changed for everyone in the newsroom. How we approach them could make the difference.

Tags: James Webster, media quartet, USA

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By Mario R. García on Oct 15, 2014

Millenials: how to attract them

We in the media have always spent considerable time figuring out how to attract the young. It is a sort of pastime in executive rooms everywhere. Today's millenials pose different challenges, but we know one thing for sure: they like to consume news via mobile devices.

Tags: legacy, the craft, Buzz Feed, Circa

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By Mario R. García on Oct 13, 2014

What’s state of tablet editions today?

It is my turn to speak at the WAN IFRA Tablet Summit 2014 in Amsterdam today: preparing for this presentation allowed me to review the short, but fast evolving history, of tablets in our midst.

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