Post redesign - 32 days to go
Coming towards the end of an 11-hour day working through the 1001 things I need to do before The Post relaunches as a compact on Monday October 20. Sometimes the days pass quickly and much is achieved and sometimes I seem to work flat out and still only clip a few things off the list.
Today has been quite productive
My work is all done in a large office tucked away round several corners on floor one. It used to be a store room for our library, and has three ante-rooms off it. I have taken over one side of it, and now have lighting and on-line Pcs - and a view across the car park.
It is very cold, but very quiet, so I can at least get on with my work.
Our designer, Terry Watson, has set out the design for all types of Post pages: news, features, business, sport, listings etc and I have converted them into InDesign, which is the programme we use to draw the Post pages. Fonts have been changed and slight tweaks made, but Terry's design underpins the whole thing. The front page is looking like this:
I think it looks classy, confident and bright, with lots of space to give stories the space they deserve. But one main reason for doing this blog is that I really hope people will tell me exactly what they think. Great, awful, progress or sacrilege...let me know and we can talk about it.
My time today has been spent starting the process of unravelling each page so that it can be made into templated designs and text instructions. This means our sub editors - they are now multi-media production journalists (MMPJs) - can click a button and text will turn into a style I have set out, for captions, lead headlines, sports results, shares listings - anything we need. There will also be dozens of whole pages saved as templates so that planners can bring in a design and fill it with new stories. As long as there are enough variations, the pages can look as bright and sharp as any others, but are so much easier to assemble.
I have also had a chat with Terry about a possible change to the headline font (what do you think?) had a meeting about how our new folios (the page number and dateline at the top of the page) are handled and I have just been taught how to put this photo on the page (I hope it has worked!) and how to take pictures with our new Nokia n95 phones and upload them on to the web as well.
Actually, quite a busy day. I'll update things as often as possible - and may even find time to tell you about the Post Ghost I encountered in this room a few nights ago......