Media Magazine

The Celebration of Print Continues

Posted on the 07 August 2011 by Themarioblog @garciainteract

TAKEAWAY:  How refreshing, while window shopping in Luxembourg, to see that a hip, cool store aimed at the young chooses to build create a whole “window dressing” theme around a fictitious newspaper called The MetropolitanAND: The New York Observer goes broadsheet

Celebration of print: The Metropolitan

blog post image

Take a look at these bundles, hot off the press, as Mexx stores develop their new Fall/Winter 2011 fashion campaign around a newspaper called The Metropolitan, seemingly in a tabloid or Berliner format with very small headlines that appear to be set in Bodoni—-how iconic of a retro newspaper can you get?

However, the good news is that bundles of printed newspapers can be seen as selling to a clientele of primarily young adults.

Celebration of print 2: Viva le Berliner!

blog post image

Beginning August 24, The New York Observer will be printed in what it describes as a mini-broadsheet format, which is, in essence, a Berliner.

The mini-broadsheet is a shorter, narrower version of the traditional broadsheet, the format of The Wall Street Journal. The Observer switched to the tabloid from its original broadsheet in 2007.

Officially, the Observer press release about the matter says that there will be few design changes. However, one cannot simply squeeze a broadsheet newspaper into a Berliner format, so I am sure there may be changes, from the size of headlines and photos to the presence of the Page One, but we will have to wait till it comes out.

In my view, it will probably follow the design style of other famous Berliners such as The Guardian (UK), or Le Monde (France).  But, again, it is now almost 2012 and the Berliner format has evolved, and if I were doing a Berliner with the type of content that The New York Observer carries, I would first get away from the busy “daily newspaper” look that does not fit well for a weekly, less so for a Berliner-style weekly.  I would use the front page for one major story that would get everyone talking, and a super navigator to the best of the inside.

It will be interesting to see what they do, and we will be watching with anticipation.

Meanwhile, there is plenty to celebrate here, since the Berliner format offers a more attractive and inviting canvas, and perhaps it is what USA newspaper publishers need to see to start considering that smaller and narrower format for the many big broadsheets that are long overdue for change.

The major celebration, however, is the fact that the New York Observer rethinks itself, charges forward and does it without fear of experimentation.

For a view of the Garcia Media printed projects’ retrospective


TheMarioBlog post #826

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog