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Plain Dealer redesign

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by CitizenTino, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. CitizenTino

    CitizenTino Active Member

    Any thoughts on the Plain Dealer's redesign, which went into effect today? Here's my $0.02:

    - Was the world clamoring for two-deck headlines on just about every story?

    - If your editor and publisher come out and say a lack of space is your biggest problem, why are you junking up 1 1/2 columns on every section front on a rail promo'ing lesser wire stories that appear inside the section? Are we incapable of turning the page?

    - Your first day rolling out a new design and the promo you splash across the top of A1 is that Jon and Kate are getting divorced? Right below this, we see: "Read by 1,305,203 in print and online each week." Not for long, guys.

    Boo-urns all around.
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I didn't think it was too bad. It wasn't ground-breaking, nor was it a complete trashing of the product like the Sun in Baltimore. (My imagination or are they cleaning up that FUBAR a little bit?)
  3. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Pretty much my reaction: meh...
  4. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Now The Plain Dealer isn't good enough for Ace to work there.
  5. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Wow. Just looked at A1 on Newseum.org.

    That's flat-out unattractive. Just bad on all levels. Oy.
  6. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Very. Well. Played.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

  8. I Digress

    I Digress Guest

    It's a lot of headlines. I don't mind the index.
  9. BigSleeper

    BigSleeper Active Member

    Compared to some of the hideous redesigns upchucked in recent years, this was refreshingly simplistic and subdued.
  10. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I actually like more two-deck headlines. Not necessarily from a design standpoint, but for how they allow the headline writer to do his job: TELL THE STORY.

    Too many times large, one-deck heads can only serve as labels --- or tired cliches --- because there are not enough counts (or the story is just too complicated). The other day I had a six-column head to write for local MLB team winning. But the head was so big (and in ALL CAPS) that I could only get 2 words in those six columns.

    That being said, it's hard to believe that Plain Dealer page is the product of a redesign. Looks more like a "Before" page in a "Before - After" comparison you would show someone after a redesign.
  11. ClevelandWill3

    ClevelandWill3 New Member

    I kind of like the design.

    It plays well for the sports section.

    Kind of an "old school" throwback look.

    However, it was an interesting choice to go with no border below the section head.
  12. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    I also looked at A1 on newseum.org.

    There is a damn good reason you're supposed to use one deck over four legs. Whoever decided differently should be forced to write an essay supporting inducting the Jonas Brothers into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. It'd make as much sense.
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