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Old 09-28-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default Ugly? Or is it just me?

The Washington Post is (desperately in my opinion) redesigning everything and the first is the newly redesigned Sunday magazine which we received yesterday.

The editor's note made me very uneasy--this is a new editor:

"Why the changes? Well, because, if you're anything like me, you also have a giggling, gurgling baby; a first-grader going on middle-schooler; and neighbors who wish they had more time for ... well, just about everything.

"That's why we've reimagined the Magazine. It has more to entice, but takes less time at each stop. Its clean look--the creation of Art Director Janet Michaud--provides clear navigation and fewer jumps. The typography is simple, the layout sophisticated."

What do my neighbors have to do with the time I have available to read this magazine?

"taking less time at each stop" is not enticing to me and seems to contradict an earlier statement ("You'll continue to find deeply reported articles...")--where the old magazine had 2 or 3 "deeply reported articles", this issue has 1.

"clean look", "simple typography" and "sophisticated layout" are belied by the examples attached below.

It's UGLY. The look is more cluttered not only in the attached example but all through the magazine. The font chosen is less sophisticated as is the layout.

I've attached 3 scans. The first two are full page scans showing the page layout for the old design (first scan from the left) and the new design (second scan from the left). The last scan show examples of the font in the old design (left) and the font in the new design (is that Times Roman?).

What say you? Is it ugly or not?

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