Francesco Franchi’s perceptive book about the future of the news and media industries in our digital age.
In Designing News, award-winning editorial and infographics designer Francesco Franchi conveys his vision for the future of the news and media industries. He evaluates the fundamental changes that are taking place in our digital age in terms of consumer expectations and the way media is being used. The book then outlines the challenges that result and proposes strategies for traditional publishing houses, broadcasting companies, journalists, and designers to address them.
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
Release Date: September 2013
Format: 18,6 x 30 cm
Features: 240 pages, full color, hardcover
Catalog Price: €49.90 / $78.00 / £45.00
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Franchi’s findings in Designing News are based on his own work for Il Sole 24 Ore as well as case studies by the top media insiders Richard Turley of Bloomberg Businessweek, Daniele Codega of Thomson Reuters, Steve Duenes of The New York Times, Mark Porter formerly of The Guardian, Matt Curtis of The Times, Oliver Reichenstein of Information Architects, Adrien Bosc of Feuilleton and Desports, and type designers Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz.
Designing News explores how today’s media outlets can become credible, cross-platform news brands. Franchi advocates redefining reporting as telling a continuous narrative across a broad range of traditional and digital media. To this end, he proposes a new, integrated role for editorial designers in advancing the evolution of media for the future.
«Designing News is a complete and well-illustrated dissection of the state of the world of information circa 2013. Why everyone working in the media today should read it!» — Mario Garcia
«An investigation into the future of designing news by one of its leading exponents … an important, timely book with a wealth of examples.» — Creative Review
«A wonderful exposition of the theory and engineering of editorial design, defining it almost as science.» — Jeremy Leslie, Magculture
Designing News has been selected like notable “Theoretical, historical, critical research and publishing project” for the ADI Design Index 2014.
ADI Design Index is the annual selection of the best of Italian Design and is an integral part of the system of selection for the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award: each year, through the ADI Permanent Design Observatory — a working group made up of more than one hundred experts, also drawn from outside the association — it examines the design of new products that have gone in production.
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With Designing News, Franchi conveys his vision for the future of news and the media industry. Based on personal insight and experience, he offers valuable analysis and perspectives on the fundamental changes that are taking place in the way media is being used. Franchi explores consumer behaviors and expectations that represent the biggest challenges facing traditional publishing houses and broadcasting companies as well as journalists and designers.
For Franchi, reporting is not merely filing a story once, but rather telling a continuous narrative in a way that is most relevant for a broad range of traditional and digital media—from breaking news to analysis, from interviews to commentaries, and from photo essays and illustrations to information graphics and interactive visualizations of data. In this book, Franchi explains the ramifications of this development and how newspapers can become credible, comprehensive news brands.
In Designing News, Franchi also outlines a new, integrated approach for editorial designers. If they show enough dedication, creativity, and talent for interdisciplinary teamwork, Franchi sees editorial designers as playing a key role in advancing the evolution of media.
Photos by Malvina Monteggia
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Media Coverage & Reviews
- Eye (UK, Eye no.88 vol.22 2014) —Designing News reviewed on Eye (All the news in theory and in action, by Simon Esterson)
- étapes (France, 15/10/2014) —Designing News in the issue 219 of étapes
- Creative Review (UK, 01/02/2014) —Designing News reviewed on Creative Review (I read the news today, oh boy, by Andy Cowles)
- Corriere delle Comunicazioni (Italy, 01/02/2014) — Designing News featured on Corriere delle Comunicazioni (Nasce il giornadesigner, è la stampa bellezza, by Patrizia Licata) — View page
- Rivista Studio (Italy, 01/02/2014) — Designing News featured on Rivista Studio — View page
- Jennifer Daniel’s blog (USA, 24/01/2014) — Designing News on What Would Jennifer Do
- Klim Type Foundry’s blog (New Zealand, 05/01/2014) — Designing News on the blog of Klim Type Foundry
- L’Uomo VOGUE (Italy, 01/01/2014) — Designing News featured on L’Uomo VOGUE (Un nuovo design editoriale per salvare la carta stampata? Può darsi, by Cesare Alemanni) — View page
- Novum magazine (Germany, 14/12/2013) — Designing News featured in the January issue of Novum
- Grain Edit (USA, 06/12/2013) — Designing News featured in the Grain Edit 2013 Gift Guide
- Rum Magazine (Denmark, 04/12/2013) — Designing News reviewed on Rum Magazine
- magCulture (UK, 02/12/2013) — Designing News on magCulture.com by Jeremy Leslie
- SPD – The Society of Publication Designers (USA, 02/12/2013) — Designing News featured in the 2013 SPD Holiday Gift Guide
- CoverThink (UK, 29/11/2013) — Designing News on Coverthink blog by Andy Cowles
- Fonts In Use (USA, 29/11/2013) — Designing News featured on Fonts In Use
- Klat Magazine (Italy, 27/11/2013) — Designing News reviewed on Klat Magazine
- Village Foundry (USA, 25/11/2013) — Designing News on vllg.com
- Subtraction (USA, 22/11/2013) — Designing News reviewed on Khoi Vinh’s Web Site, subtraction.com
- Monocle (UK, 22/11/2013) — Designing News on Monocle issue 69, December 13 / January 14, page 284
- Internazionale (Italy, 15/11/2013) — Designing News reviewed on Internazionale magazine, a weekly selection of the best writing, photography, and cartoons from all over the world (Ripensare i giornali o morire, by Giuliano Milani) — View page
- Port Magazine (UK, 15/11/2013) — Designing News in the winter book reviews on Port Magazine
- Il Futuro dei Periodici (Italy, 04/11/2013) — Designing News on the Italian blog Il Futuro dei Periodici
- Mario Garcia’s Blog (USA, 04/11/2013) — Designing News will be required reading for Dr. Mario Garcia’s Columbia University students in spring 2014
- PAGE (Germany, 01/11/2013) — A full page feature on Designing News in the November issue of PAGE magazine — View page
- DoppioZero (Italy, 30/10/2011) — Designing News reviewed on doppiozero.com
- Il Corriere della Sera (Italy, 27/10/2013) — Designing News on La Lettura, Sunday cultural supplement of the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera (L’informazione è molto più di un disegno, by Serena Danna) — View page
- Il Sole 24 ORE (Italy, 27/10/2013) — Designing News reviewed on Domenica, the leading cultural weekly in Italy, Sunday supplement of Il Sole 24 ORE daily newspaper (La notizia bene in vista, by Stefano Salis) — View page
- Il Manifesto (Italy, 23/10/2013) — Designing News reviewed on the cultural section of the Italian daily newspaper Il Manifesto (La professione del futuro è il «visual journalist», by Antonio Sgobba) — View page
- 5election (27/10/2013) — Designing News on 5election.com, the international coolhunting magazine
- i Jornal (Portugal, 22/10/2013) —Designing News reviewed on i Jornal (“Designing News”. Revolução servida às páginas, by Tiago Pereira) — View page
- W&V (Germany, 21/10/2013) — Designing News recommended in the issue no.43 of W&V, Germany’s leading magazine for marketing, advertising and media — View page
- Style Our Souls (UK, 18/10/2013) — Designing News on stylesos.co.uk
- Selectism (USA, 17/10/2013) — Designing News on selectism.com
- Clotheshorse (UK, 17/10/2013) — Designing News on clotheshorse.org
- European Journalism Observatory (Switzerland, 08/10/2013) — Designing News in a review on ejo.ch
- Coverjunkie (Holland, 02/10/2013) — Designing News on coverjunkie.com
- Il Post (Italy, 29/09/2013) — Designing News reviewed on ilpost.it
- Aisle.One (USA, 24/09/2013) — Designing News on aisleone.net
- Bloggokin.it (Italy, 24/09/2013) — Designing News reviewed on bloggokin.it
- Think.BigChief (Italy, 23/09/2013) — Designing News on think.bigchief.com
- Rivista Studio (Italy, 16/09/2013) — Designing News in a review on rivistastudio.com
- Camillo (Italy, 10/09/2013) — Designing News on camilloblog.it