[quote=“maoman”][quote=“Taffy”][quote=“sandman”]Jesus! It’s got EVERYTHING! Godawful layout, godawful fonts, godawful colours, right down to the un-asked for cheesy music!
Just unbelievable! [/quote]
It’s quite spectacularly bad, isn’t it? It’s as if they hired a crack team of designers and then deliberately ignored all their advice.[/quote]
It’s going to die a quick death. They will get absolutely NO traffic, apart from the first few days of rubberneckers checking out the trainwreck. Contrast the Taiwan News with Canada’s Globe and Mail, which made the following announcement yesterday:
[quote]Welcome to the most significant redesign in The Globe’s history - a newspaper that has colour on every page and several pages on glossy stock, starting with the editions on sale today - and welcome to this website that underwent its own transformation Thursday evening.
For a moment, look beyond that. The redesign is not just about design, or paper quality, or our new online navigation, or social media groups. It’s about confidence. A few years ago, The Globe and our printing partners came to a profound decision: that quality newspapers such as The Globe have many years left as a printed product. Our printers, in turn, invested hundreds of millions of dollars in state-of-the-art German printing presses, the ones that reproduced our redesigned newspaper Thursday night in six Canadian cities. Our part of the bargain was to create a newspaper that was equally daring - one that did not seek to prolong the past, but burns to invent the future. We crafted new designs, developed a variety of story-telling forms, took a chance on more expensive newsprint and convinced a great range of advertisers that print is not dead. If done beautifully and intelligently, its latest chapter - a thriving, ambitious, newspaper - has just begun.
Why change? Over the past year, our weekday print circulation grew 5 per cent last year, and 6 per cent on weekends - when our competitors were all in retreat. Our online traffic is up 20 per cent. Our mobile traffic is up 500 per cent. And our journalism keeps winning international recognition - this week with our second consecutive Emmy Award for our work in Afghanistan.[/quote]
It’s all about the management.[/quote]
The Globe and Mail print edition was far better when it wasn’t obfuscated by huge full page ads for overpriced & luxury fringe products. I know they have to shore up their revenue accounts in the days of diminishing subscriptions, but I think they’ve gone a little over the top with all the adverts. I hardly buy it any longer due to all the ads, preferring to read the on line version, the ads of which are easier to overlook.