Ya gotta have a plan 6/11/18

By Ed Henninger

Many newspapers pay little attention to consistent organization from issue to issue. For example, content that readers find important – such as obituaries and comics – will float throughout the paper. In one issue, the obits will be on page 6. In the next, they could be on page 8. And in still another issue, obits could be on page 5.

Readers have a right to expect consistency from you, and you get that consistency by creating a sequencing plan.

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Jumping inside 5/22/18

By Ed Henninger

Readers would prefer we not jump our stories. Ever. But if we're gonna do it, let's work to do it right. Here are some tips.

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A tale of two ad pages 4/10/18

By Ed Henninger

This ... is the tale of two ad pages – pages that have the same purpose but different approaches.

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Empty space ... or negative space? 2/12/18

By Ed Henninger

Negative space, just like text, headlines, photos and other design elements, is very much an important part of your design – especially on features pages and photo pages.

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Nitty-gritty design Top 10 1/16/18

By Ed Henninger

A client recently asked me to put together a presentation for his newspapers on nitty-gritty details that can make or break a design.

I came up with just a bit more than a couple dozen. But thinking about them more, I've now narrowed them down to a Top 10.

My thinking is that any one of these can make your design better, but leave one out and your design suffers.

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Rookies make mistakes 12/12/17

By Ed Henninger

Let's face it: If you have a "new kid" doing design on your staff ... well, you'll have some design mistakes in your paper from time to time.

It takes a while – perhaps months – for the design rookie to learn what works and what doesn't. And during that time, he'll do some things that may make you cringe. It's OK – as long as you work with him to make sure he doesn't repeat them.

Here are "Top 10" mistakes you can watch for – and correct:

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Is your 'designer' a designer? 11/14/17

By Ed Henninger

How do you tell if your "designer" really is a designer? Here are some of the things I'd look for.

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Design is: How it works 10/10/17

By Ed Henninger

Readers want a newspaper that looks right ... and feels right. They want the look and feel of their paper to reflect their community.

But what they want most of all is for their newspaper to work right for them.

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What they said 9/26/17

By Ed Henninger

During the past few years, I've used quotes about newspapers to lead off my weekly blog updates. Those of you who follow the blog will recognize some of these. Those of you who don't ... well, here's what some people say about who we are and what we do!

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Taking a closer look at your design: Part 2 8/22/17

By Ed Henninger
Last month's column focused on design critiques: working at improving your design by taking a look at what you've recently done.

I suggested then that those critiques be done every quarter ... at least every six months.

In that column, I offered a laundry list of those elements that need to be reviewed during the critiques. This column focuses on how to conduct the critiques. How do they work? Who's in charge? MORE