Some (very brief) thoughts on the Guardian’s new redesign…
- The masthead sucks – all-lower case and no space between the words make it look like something that is trying desperately to be “hip”.
- I don’t like the white-on-blue either – it doesn’t look like a quality newspaper’s masthead.
- The weighty versions of the font (e.g. the sport masthead) looks bloated and ungainly, rather than bold.
- But the font, in its lighter versions, looks very nice and elegant.
- Despite being all-colour, there still aren’t very many decent photos that take advantage of it, except in the sports section, but I suspect that will improve.
- The strange “continued on page n” symbols (e.g.) look weird not being in the bottom-right corner of the article; still, they are a good idea.
- G2 looks quite nifty in its new mini format.
- The crossword is now forever relegated to the inside pages. Shame.
- The use of hyperlink-style formatting for footnotes (e.g.) looks nasty – it’s the wrong colour and also slightly misleading. The sentiment is nice but I think they should drop it for paper.
- Generally, the layouting is quite nice. I’d prefer more space at the top of headlines, but it’s still quite pleasing and not too cramped.
The early verdict then? It’s all right. Content-wise, not too much has changed on the first issue – no doubt once they’ve had a few weeks to get it out right, they will start thinking more about how to fully exploit the new format. Colour on every page means not only the opportunity for better photos, but also diagrams, infographics etc. This could mean the rise of overbearing, Independent-style pages, with lots of different text sizes, containing hyperbole over the useful content of the story on inside-page stories, but I really hope they don’t go that way.