EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA: NEW DESIGNER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Files under General | Sep 28th


A few weeks ago we posted two comments about the terrible design of The New York Times Book Review, and now, oh my God!, we can announce that our voice has been heard.

Yes.

Steven Heller is out, Nicholas Blechman is in.

Heller, an excellent writer about design, but a terrible newspaper design editor, goes out for a 6 month sabbatical…

And next week, Nicholas Blechman, one of the most brilliant designers of The New York Times (working now in the Sunday section The Week in Review, that has improved a lot under his tenure) is taking over.

The readers of The New York Times are the winners.

What a great opportunity to change the Book Review!

My 10 first suggestions:

1. Tell me about the books, but also about the authors and the publishers.

2. Include more and more comments from readers (compare with Amazon reviews), authors and book publishers.

3. Add references and suggestions about similar books and similar issues.

4. Develop great cover-stories like:

“Is still New York the capital of the book publishing world?

“The next Da Vinci Code: The leading best candidates”

“The print book is dead. God save the printing book industry!”

“Why young people read more books and less newspapers than ever”

“Who is going to be the next Harry Potter according J. K. Rowling”

5. Compare best-selling lists, and explain the differences.

6. Publish the biggest flops, and tell us why these books fail.

7. Interview the world best on and off line book reviewers.

8. Expand the reviews to digital books, and to the new digital publishing industry.

9. Link, link, link to blogs, websites, chats, forums… and interact with your audience on and off line.

10. Improve the design dramatically, and after his 6 month sabbatical, fire Seteven Heller.

Amen.



5 Responses to “EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA: NEW DESIGNER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW”

  1. d patterson says:

    How about More .More reviews .More ads

  2. More ads?

    Wonderful!

    More reviews?

    No.

    Better ones, with better design, more authors, readers and publishers interaction, and more creative and COMPACT reviews.

  3. Shorter reviews. Much shorter.

  4. how mean-spirited of you! i don’t know steve heller personally, but he did give me a half-hour of his time once to talk about my work and design in general, and i found him to be a stand-up guy. he also happens to be a brilliant art director who has done much to foster the careers of many illustrators and inspire other designers. who are you to take such a mean swipe at him?

  5. Wesley, I do not have any problem with him as a designer, mentor or writer (I like very much his books) but all my comments were related with his role as “design editor” of a print product that inside and outside The New York Times is seen ascreally bad and needs big content and design improvements, changes that the paper seems is going to do.

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