Tribune debuts redesign

The Chicago Tribune joined its Tribune sister papers in the “Summer of Redesigns” this morning with a striking new look. Tribune graphics editor Steve Cavendish gives us an inside look into the project and also shares a slide show of the first day’s edition.

Chicago Tribune launches redesign from Steve Dorsey on Vimeo.

The Trib debuted its new look with a city-wide campaign announcing the changes, including a special section in the Sunday paper. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the official redesign site complete with video introductions and section by section demos here.

Sara Quinn weighs in over at with a Q-and-A with design director Jonathon Berlin.

Chicagoan and design guru Ron Reason also weighs in with his take on the new Tribune.

Fellow Chicagoan Robb Montgomery goes out and about to talk with readers on the day of the Trib redesign launch.

Chicago Public Radio weighs in as well.

About Steve Dorsey

is @GateHouse_Media @CNDaustin VP. Boards: @INMAorg, @SND. He was the 2011 president of the Society; 2015 Lifetime Award recipient. Relocated Detroiter; Syracuse grad.


Just realized that there’s a very important name missing from this due to the quirks of editing (and everyone’s busy schedules) . . .

Jonathon Berlin, our design director, has been a HUGE force behind the redesign.

Originally, JB was scheduled to be there when Dorsey came for the interview. The craziness of the last few weeks precluded getting his comments in there.


How many thousands of dollars went into this “redesign” when the look of the paper isn’t the thing that’s hurting this industry? We can keep repackaging the S.O.S. (or, worse, SAY we’re offering “different” content when all we are truly doing is offering the same content in a different form) or get serious about REAL changes in how we operate.

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