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A New Design

Allan Joseph | Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Turn the page.

That’s the goal of this newly redesigned Observer – to get you to turn the page. And then to do it again, and again and again.

In years past, our design had a tendency to get in the way of our stories. The way we inserted headshots into stories made text look funny, our headlines weren’t very good and our printed copy was just a strain on the eyes. No longer. Now, the stories you want are easier to find and read, keeping you better informed on the Notre Dame community.

The new design starts at the top of this page with our brand-new logo. That logo, however, doesn’t mean much without the words to its right – our original mission statement. From our very first issue 46 years ago, we’ve tried to live up to our mission of uncovering the truth and reporting it accurately. Today, we’re putting that mission back where it belongs – at the top of every paper we produce. The new logo reflects that sense of uncovering and invites you to – what else – turn the page.

Before you do, however, you’ll see we’ve made it much easier for you to find out what’s inside each day’s paper. We recognize that at a quick dining-hall lunch, you want to read the stories that most interest you.

While the format and layout of the paper has remained largely unchanged, we’ve updated to a more modern set of fonts to make our award-winning coverage easier to read. We’ve also reduced the number of distractions in the text of articles, made Page Two more relevant to your day-to-day life (check out that upcoming-events calendar!), added photo teasers to our inside stories from the front page and found a way to add a Sudoku puzzle.

I hope you’ll find this new design at once fresh and familiar. While you probably did a double-take the first time you picked it up, it shouldn’t take you long at all to adjust to our new layout. If you do have feedback for us, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. We know change can be controversial at times, and we’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on the new and improved Observer.

This is a new chapter in our history as the primary voice of the Notre Dame community, and we’re unbelievably excited to get started on a new academic year. We’ve got some great things planned for the year ahead, and we can’t wait to reveal them. We really hope you love our new design, and we think it’ll let us do a better job of bringing you the news you care about in a more user-friendly way.

But don’t just take my word for it.

Turn the page.