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NY Times designers have streamlined online article pages and created a more responsive interface with faster load times. So navigating between stories is easier and finding more content that appeals to you is just a click, swipe or tap away.
From Scientific American: E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but reading on paper still has its advantages
From FastCompany: Virtually unchanged since 2006, nytimes.com has debuted a design overhaul that questions the very nature of a publication.
From A List Apart: The internet changed the business of publishing in ways that are excellent for readers, authors, designers, and publishers, but it’s kicked the proverbial chair out from under lots of business models that were established prior to its arrival. Everyone can feel the effects of the publishing industry’s struggle to figure out exactly what value it offers, how to deliver it, and where to go from here.
From NY Times: Some daily newspapers are cutting printing and delivery schedules and shifting their emphasis to the Web, but industry analysts warned that such moves might alienate once-loyal readers.
There have been creeping indications that the magazine business isn’t really about magazines anymore. In 2010, Hearst Magazines bought iCrossing, a digital marketing agency, and the company has since christened publications that have no print version. Every day, my in-box swells with announcements that this or that glossy now has an iPad app, nearly all of them trumpeting “amazing interactive features that take you far beyond a traditional magazine experience.” Over and over we are told that a magazine is really just one vehicle for a brand that scales across platforms. But all of that is pretty small beer compared with last week’s news that Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the United States, would be run by Laura Lang, who was the chief executive of the digital advertising agency Digitas. Talk about your loud and clear knock on the door. That digital future we are always talking about is here.
From NY Times: One of the biggest newspaper chains in America is run by John Paton, who thinks that print is, if not exactly dead, dying a lot faster than anyone thought.
From Society for News Design (SND): Roger Black talks about what’s ahead for visual communication in the 2010s. The resulting interview is presented in both transcript and webcast format on their website. “The number one thing that we as designers need to think about is changing back to being art directors…. We have to come up with ways that we can focus on the news story — the storytelling — instead of the little vagaries of layout…”