Production & Design

Getting the most from your time with ideas for design, photography, advertising, etc.


Chess—and design

February 12, 2018

A man, they say, is king of his castle. That may be so, but there’s a word for the man who thinks he’s really in charge at home: “Bachelor.”

Empty space—or negative space?

December 29, 2017

When I was still working at a newspaper (many more years ago than I care to remember), I showed the cover of a special section to my managing editor. I’ll call him Joe.

Newsprint suit could affect U.S. newspapers

December 29, 2017

Strong opposition by the National Newspaper Association and industry printing partners was registered with the Department of Commerce in December as an investigation into alleged unfair trade practices from Canadian newsprint suppliers looms as a growing threat to community newspapers.

Nitty-gritty design top 10

December 28, 2017

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

Teaching an Old(ish) Dog

December 28, 2017

I remember the first time I spoke in Chattanooga, TN. The year was 1994, and I had just developed a new way to create and transmit newspaper ads.

Focus groups can change the way you create your newspaper

October 16, 2017

I guess it comes with experience (that sounds better than “age”). In the “old days” when I visited a newspaper, it was almost always related hardware, software or some other type of technology. These days, it might be just about anything.

Is your ‘designer’ a designer?

October 16, 2017

During a recent phone conversation with a publisher, she told me: “We have a designer who does that.”

Design is: How it works

September 13, 2017

That’s it. In one brief sentence. Of course, readers want a newspaper that looks right, and feels right. They want the look and feel of their paper to reflect their community.

What they said

August 23, 2017

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!

Questions from my readers

July 11, 2017

Convention season has been a lot of fun for me this year. I just returned from visits with associations across the Midwest U.S. and western Canada and there is a definite intensity brewing among community newspaper publishers. There were more publishers wanting a private moment to discuss their thoughts, and longer lines of folks waiting to talk to me after sessions.


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