The Daily Blog

By Mario R. García on Feb 25, 2015

The Guardian: four candidates for editor and their manifestos

It is a rare opportunity, indeed. At The Guardian, four candidates for the title of editor in chief present their views about the state of journalism. Must read.

Tags: newspapers, UK, The Guardian

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By Mario R. García on Feb 24, 2015

And the Oscar goes to Times of Oman for best pages

Now that we know who the winners are for Oscar 2015, let's review these pages from the Times of Oman which show us why the combination of creativity and hard work can still make print so special.

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By Mario R. García on Feb 23, 2015

At the NYT:  digital first more than just a catchy phrase

“Change is in the air at the Times,” reports the Times Insider Weekly Wrap. Big change it is for the brand with all the news that’s fit to print. What took them so long?

Tags: frequency, media quartet, newspapers, USA, The New York Times

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By Mario R. García on Feb 22, 2015

The New York Times Magazine: a celebration for print—-and some key lessons

It’s here. Yes, the new The New York Times Magazine has arrived in its new design. It is, no doubt,  the most discussed magazine redesign of the season.  While it is an attractive look, this redesign is historically significant for how it advances the media quartet concept.

Tags: multimedia, the craft, two tempos, magazines, USA, The New York Times

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By Mario R. García on Feb 19, 2015

Content Studios Gain Traction—so does the debate about them

As native and sponsored advertising become more popular with newspapers and magazines worldwide, we are seeing the rise of content studios often populated by journalists.

Tags: advertising, storytelling, newspapers, UK, USA, The Telegraph (UK)

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By Mario R. García on Feb 18, 2015

Print Summit in Frankfurt April 21

I am honored to be invited as one of the speakers at the Horizont Print Summit scheduled April 21 in Frankfurt, Germany. It's all about the renasiisance of print, the conference organizer tells me.

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By Mario R. García on Feb 17, 2015

The New Yorker turns 90 with lesson on its 9 covers

The revered magazine, The New Yorker, is entering its 10th decade. To celebrate, a series of covers that play upon the iconic image of Estace Tilley, the starchy dandy with beaver hat and the monocle.

Tags: design, magazines, USA, The New Yorker

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By Mario R. García on Feb 16, 2015

Nuri Ducassi: tips for keeping your creativity alive

It’s been a long time since we have revisited the work of the talented art director/designer/illustrator Nuri Ducassi. She is at the top of her game and we chat with her about keeping the creative flame alive.

Tags: design, newspapers, Canada, USA, Nuri Ducassi, The Toronto Star

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By Mario R. García on Feb 15, 2015

Headline templates, formulas and the thrill of violating them

We all know what works and it is no surprise that we try to create templates to maximize effect. Templates to the rescue for both headlines and design.  They are essential, but the good practitioners know how to violate those templates with gusto.

Tags: the craft, newspapers, USA, The New York Times

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