Design Category

May. 16th The marketing of the South China Morning Post relaunch

TAKEAWAY: While we labored over typographic styles, photo sizes and color palettes, the marketing department of the South China Morning Post worked right by our side for the past 8 months.  Anne Wong, marketing director, wanted to know every detail in the process before creating her campaign.  That campaign, Make Everyday Matter, has now accompanied us thru the relaunch and has enough power to become a brand statement for years to come.

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Apr. 24th TheiPadLab: e-reader apps with something extra

TAKEAWAY: Today’s iPadLab segment takes us to Austria, to the financial daily WirtschaftsBlatt, published in Vienna: its iPad app combines the intuitive turning of the page that e-readers provide, but with the ability to update selected stories throughout the day.

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Apr. 20th The iPad Lab: Creating the Advertising Suite

TAKEAWAY: Make room for ads that go beyond the linear in your news iPad app.  Let the user experience advertising content in a way that would make it easy to access and to enjoy.  Create the “advertising suite” that invites and keeps the user inside the app.

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Apr. 19th Type as expression: share the fun here

TAKEAWAY: Type—-it is more than letters, numbers and punctuation marks.  It is what gives our publications’ design that “ten seconds” of instant recognition, acceptance, rejection and, most importantly, when used well, what makes the information easy to read.  Today we look at some interesting type considerations that go beyond an analysis of ascenders, descenders and serifs. Take a look at expression through type

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Apr. 18th The universal language of design

TAKEAWAY: No matter what language or alphabet is involved in the design changes to a newspaper, website or tablet, there are some essential, universal values that prevail, as our recent work shows.

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Apr. 15th The concept of editions for news iPad apps

TAKEAWAY: It is a subject where there are not many easy, well researched answers: should a news iPad app be updated constantly, once a day, more often?  Our work with the development of five news apps to date have taught us a few valuable lessons which we share in our weekend post of TheMarioBlog.

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Apr. 13th An Nahar and Hindustan: one day after launch of new look

TAKEAWAY: The first reports are in 24 hours after Lebanon’s An Nahar and India’s Hindustan premiered new looks, new content Tuesday. PLUS: Links of interest today

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Jul. 23rd At The New York Times: How effective is a Page Two navigator?

TAKEAWAY: True, readers value direction, but the best navigational tools appear on Page One, the ultimate map to your destination.

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Jun. 16th Subheads are effective mini navigational engines

For impatient scanners who sweep through the pages with a huge appetite for information, and little time, subheads are like sweet M&Ms on a plate—-irresistible.

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Nov. 26th An “In-house” Redesign

Welcome to GarciaMedia.com 5.0. As you may have noticed, today we’re introducing a new look for our company site that we hope meets not only your needs as visitors, but our business needs as well. In redesigning our online presence we wanted a site design and interface that was more relevant to today’s new media consumers.

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Jul. 25th Your news, your way in Australia

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Jun. 1st Have a (live) mint

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