The Morning News
April 2, 2002 7:27 AM   Subscribe

The Morning News relaunches as a weekly broadsheet featuring longer format pieces from a crack staff.
posted by coudal (12 comments total)
It's interesting. I like the new content and the new approach, but the look-and-feel is surprisingly plain. I wonder if they'll spice it up as it grows...?
posted by dreamsbay at 7:50 AM on April 2, 2002

I kinda like the plain. Let's the content do the talkn'.
posted by dong_resin at 8:10 AM on April 2, 2002

Er. lets.
posted by dong_resin at 8:10 AM on April 2, 2002

the morning news had always been a bit plain, dreams. black and white and red all over, as they like to say. i see they've also found a few Big Names to write for them.
posted by moz at 8:38 AM on April 2, 2002

ooh. paul ford joins rosecrans. bliss!

As for the layout - it's pretty, but it almost looks like it'll be difficult to scan through. I rarely read every word of the daily news, for instance, preferring to scan over it, but these blurbs seem longer, or somehow denser.

Also, if someone's listening, I didn't realize the black titles were links ("A Letter to the Reader", etc.), and clicked on 'Editorial' thinking that was the equivalent of [More]. I think this is caused by the fact that all of the other links on the page are in red. Red's flashier, anyhow.
posted by Marquis at 9:50 AM on April 2, 2002

aww, i was looking for longer format pieces from a staff on crack.
posted by deftone at 10:28 AM on April 2, 2002

or perhaps pieces of crack from a guy with a longer staff
posted by coudal at 10:42 AM on April 2, 2002

Maybe I need to get used to the new version, but I think I like the old version better - there was a sense of depth that the plain-ness of the new one doesn't express.
posted by panopticon at 12:16 PM on April 2, 2002

True, the old version was plain, but it was the little glimpses of black and white photos that added that depth for me.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm a longtime TMN fan, and the addition of the new writers is fantastic. I guess I'm just a little disappointed in the extremely minimalist UI, considering how beautiful some of their past designs were (the "vacation" postcard included), and I think they have an opportunity to create something truly fantastic. Especially since I agree wholeheartedly with their philosophy.

I just hope they put some of the photos back, so the depth of their look-and-feel matches the depth of their writing.
posted by dreamsbay at 6:19 PM on April 2, 2002

I didn't know about The Morning News, and at first I thought the link was for the paper in Dallas, Texas. I haven't had a chance to actually read anything yet (but I will, so thanks for the link, coudal), but I think the restraint of the home page is very cool, as is its use of white space.
posted by diddlegnome at 7:46 PM on April 2, 2002

I think spinning shiny 3-D logos are also cool. Some red text on a black background also communicates well, I've found.
posted by rodii at 9:14 PM on April 2, 2002

only if it's teeny tiny, rodii
posted by y2karl at 9:39 PM on April 2, 2002

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