I recently had the opportunity to take the lead on a redesign the Woolwich Observer. Knowing how many details would need ironing out, simply getting started seemed overwhelming.
First thing was first … I got myself a latte.
Coffee in hand, I began to obliterate a helpless piece of paper with disjointed notes and sketches outlining the many tasks that lay ahead. Selecting headline and body fonts was at the top of my to-do list. Sounds fun! Right?
After an hour of scanning through countless typefaces, my latte was gone, along with my enthusiasm for the redesign and my will to live. I decided to try a different approach.
I scoured the web to find out what other publications were doing. Here are some of my favourite fonts that are commonly used in newspaper design. (Click on the font title for a preview)
15 free tools for better online storytelling Whoever said “practice makes perfect” was a liar. Human beings have been... [below]
15 free tools for better online storytelling
http://www.newsdesigns.com * TO READ MORE PRESS THIS LINK Whoever said “practice makes perfect” was a liar. Human beings have been practicing storytelling for over 35,000 years (that we know of), and there is still plenty of room for improvement.
For all intents and purposes, storytelling is the art of making people interested in what you have to say. If you can get them to remember what you’ve said … bonus points.
Early storytellers quickly learned that a tale could be far more riveting (and as result, more enduring) if it captured one’s imagination and invoked thought.
Every time the skies open up and a new technology arrives on the scene, we take a stab at reinventing one of the oldest traditions known to man. And guess what … it’s about that time again.
Just like the early storytellers of our past, we have stumbled onto a new way of capturing imagination and invoking thought.
The invention of the internet, and the tidal flow of information that followed, has equipped us with a way to tell stories that Neanderthals would have drooled over.
I always try to keep my eyes open for new ways of visualizing news. When I find a really good one, it gives me a glimmer of hope that one day the news industry is going to collectively embrace everything that the web has to offer.