Tag: design

by Alex Remington

Does page design affect the way the brain processes news stories? Yes — and we have experimental lab results that prove it. Key takeaways Reader experience can be significantly improved by: Formatting the text of the story into shorter paragraphs. Highlighting important story facts and terms. Clean, uncluttered page design. Similarly, the following distracting elements accompanying the […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Blocking ads can cut network traffic 25% to 40%, study shows (Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat) 2. The problem with the backlash against Reddit’s CEO that nobody’s talking about (Derrick Clifton / Daily Dot) 3. How we changed the Facebook friends icon (Caitlin Winner / Medium) 4. Why Amazon should fear Alibaba (Helen Wang / […] more »

by Meagan Doll

While many university students were finding routine in another fall semester, a group of students at University of North Carolina and Syracuse University immediately began brainstorming ways to visually represent Liberia’s Ebola outbreak. UNC’s Steven King and Syracuse’s Ken Harper teamed up after the Liberian Ministry of Information requested the project from Harper, who made […] more »

by Heather Chaplin

Since September, I’ve been director of a new program at The New School called Journalism + Design. I’ve been fighting to get this program off the ground for more than four years, and now that it’s here, I exist in a state of constant terror. I can explain with ease what we’re trying to do […] more »

by Rachele Kanigel

When I walked into my media entrepreneurship class at San Francisco State University last week, I felt a little like a kindergarten teacher. Construction paper? Check. Toilet paper rolls? Check. Colored markers, scissors, glue sticks? Check, check, check. Pipe cleaners? Oh no! They were at home, in a shopping bag along with the pieces of […] more »

by Amy Eisman

Like many of you, I embrace the guide-on-the-side model for teaching vs. the sage-on-the-stage version. That’s why each spring, about five weeks into the semester, my Writing and Editing for Convergent Media course at American University transforms from a classroom into a newsroom, complete with assigned roles, Google spreadsheets, closed Facebook groups and ethical issues […] more »

by Ian Lamont

In part 1 of this series, I described several tools that can help authors and publishers gather and analyze data relating to their e-book releases. Now what? In this post, I am going to describe how metrics can be used to inform product and marketing decisions. I’ll wrap up with some examples from my company, […] more »

by Carla King

Ever dream of quitting your day job to become a full-time writer? Learning how to create a small business that captures, markets and sells to readers can help you get there. Here are seven resources that will help you not only understand, but implement, the business end of publishing so you can start actually making […] more »

by Kathy E. Gill

What should journalists call people who are living in the United States unlawfully? Research at the University of Memphis reveals that 9 out of 10 times, journalists use the labels “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien.” But Jose Antonio Vargas had a different message for the journalists, students and educators gathered at the Online News Association […] more »

by Carla King

In the two years since I wrote a “A Self-Publisher’s Primer to Enhanced E-Books and Book Apps,” the development of user-friendly tools for authors to build rich-media books has boomed. Aerbook Maker and Kwik are two easy-to-use tools for authors of graphically rich enhanced e-books and apps. Mimetic Books is developing a tool for photographers […] more »