Comments on: Against beautiful journalism http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: RajivNunna http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49720 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:09:21 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49720 The aesthetics of Medium and Quartz over-promise & under-deliver on the quality of the content they’re pushing. Without doubt, this is true.

And editors should exercise more vigilance and discrimination over the content they push to their readers. The content-regurgitation-with-snappy-headli ne model of BI and HuffPo is not one Slate or TNR should deign to imitate.

But how readers consume information and how they share it too, figures large. And if you can get a toehold in the smartphone news market early, like Quartz and Medium seem to be doing, there’s some possible value realized there (in having achieved that early mover advantage).

So it’s important for to keep in mind the visual mediums that we or other people imagine the web with too. How content get organized visually – on desktop screens versus tablets versus phones – is a matter of kind, and not just degree.

And there’s huge growth potential in the developing world. Their primary point of entry for the internet will be the mobile phone:

http://mashable.com/2011/02/04/web-devel oping-world/

How to effectively present information through that narrow medium of visualization will be a continuing challenge. And there’s a huge market out there for those developers addressing it, since the physical means by which people interface with and consume their news is by no means a settled process.

If only 10 years ago, our primary physical medium was the actual newspaper, who’s to say what our primary medium will be 10 years hence?

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By: James4Evar http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49614 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:34:10 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49614 Here’s a question: which online news site has the world’s highest-traffic and the fastest-growing ad revenues of any of its rivals?

Found it? Good. Now look at the page layout and compare that with sites like NYT, BBC, Daily Beast, etc. You will notice a rather obvious difference.

This may prove the author’s point I think.

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By: SeeH http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49558 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:04:32 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49558 I approve everything beautiful. Always.

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By: Banj0man http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49552 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:38:17 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49552 People “think” with their eyeballs more than they should. I remember when laser printers first appeared after everyone was used to dot matrix printers. Since the laser printed page looked perfect, they tended to not get proof read the way older, poorly printed copies did.

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By: Banj0man http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49551 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:38:11 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49551 People “think” with their eyeballs more than they should. I remember when laser printers first appeared after everyone was used to dot matrix printers. Since the laser printed page looked perfect, they tended to not get proof read the way older, poorly printed copies did.

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By: JeffVidler http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49548 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:52:22 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49548 Totally agree that “it’s time for websites to put a lot more effort into de-emphasizing less important stories.” Curated (not personalized) story hierarchy is a huge benefit of the printed newspaper that is still largely missing online.

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By: PXLated http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49547 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:42:25 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49547 Having spent the first 25 years of my career in print design and here the last 20 years doing both web and print, I’ve always said that the web set design back 100 years and typography even more.
Of course I’m not surprised, it was set up and developed by geeks. Not a one probably took as much as a single liberal arts course. They knew/know nothing of such things.
We designers have been fighting the systems/code they developed ever since we started using it.

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By: ChadSmith http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49546 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:41:16 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49546 Interesting post. I agree — clean is good. But too clean, something gets lost. And props on the point about being frustrated over not being able to tell how “significant” a story is really supposed to be. I hadn’t even thought of that.

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By: tj2400 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49545 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:37:24 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49545 Now this is a first-world problem, if ever there was one.

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By: dandymandan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/27/against-beautiful-journalism/comment-page-1/#comment-49544 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:34:16 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=23294#comment-49544 I think color coding similar to what we saw during post-9/11 decade…

Green- comics
Yellow- classifieds/contests/ads
Orange- local interest articles
Red- Urgent breaking news, better read/reread this all morning and call off work

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