Media The New New York Times
posted by August 6 at 9:34 AMon
I see a lot of blue bags on lawns and porches on my way to work every morning, so lots of people in Seattle no doubt have opinions about today’s New York Times. With this morning’s issue our only national newspaper—well, now that Weekly World News has ceased publication—got significantly narrower. From the front page…
Starting today, The Times is reducing the width of its pages by an inch and half, to the national newspaper 12-inch standard…. Slight modifications in design preserve the look and texture of The Times, with all existing features and sections and somewhat fewer words per page.
The designers at the New York Times did a great job—I hardly noticed the difference when I read through the A section at Victrola this morning. Until I got to the op-ed pages. The loss of a full column of letters is a pretty glaring alteration, and makes the Times’ editorial column seem louder, more dominant somehow. And the opinion page opposite the editorials and letters seems… oh, I dunno… less like a destination. But the overall impact of the change is much less distracting than I feared it would be. Hell, yesterday I thought I might dislike the change so much I would drop my subscription to the print edition and just read the New York Times online, like everybody else. But now I think I’ll keep those blue bags coming.
Oh, and speaking of redesigns… The Stranger is being redesigned right freaking now. We’ll have all the same content and columns that you’ve come to love and/or hate over the years, but in a new and much more confusing configuration.