MONOCLE, AGAIN, SELECTS EXPRESSO

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Monocle’s November issue has a cover story (subscription only) about the future of print media.

Tyler Brule’s magazine selected only a few newspapers.

One of them is Expresso from Portugal, which was also included as a trendy paper in the inaugural issue of the magazine.

In their own words:

“Less text, more information” was the principle behind the 2006 redesign of the Portuguese weekly.

“We wanted to cut the fat out, make it leaner,” explains the editor, Henrique Monteiro.

“We had the professional audience but we wanted to attract younger people.”

Pairing up with Javier Errea from media consultants Innovation, Monteiro made the switch from broadsheet to colour Berliner format.

Mário Feliciano, a Portuguese typographer, delivered fonts inspired by 18th-century Iberian text.

Bullet points, fact boxes and small Q&As now sit next to more white space to help readers digest the big stories.

As a result, 25-34-year-olds have replaced 45-54-year-olds as the core demographic.

Female readers are up from 42 to 48 per cent, while circulation has risen 9 per cent in the past year to 130,000.

(Thanks to Gabriel Sama)



NEWSPAPER QUOTES

“The Internet is not a problem for magazines and newspapers.

It is a problem for the paper industry.”

Emilio Arzcarraga Jea, President of Televisa, Mexico.



THE APPLE iPHONE MANIA GOES WILD

Files under Apple, Steve Jobs, UK, iPhone | Oct 28th

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Just two and no cash.

Apple restricts the iPhone sales to two phones per customer and requires credit or debit card payment on those phones to discourage unauthorized resellers and maintain enough stock for the holidays.

As you can see on the Web site, you can buy the iPhone in the UK for $800 USD (twice what the price is in the USA).

“iPhoneAnywhere picks up the iPhone in the US for you, installs the necessary software, pops in a non-AT&T sim for testing then ships the iPhone straight to your doorstep!”

So … where are the experts who said that the iPhone was going to be a failure?

More than 1.4 million iPhones were sold in the three months that ended Sept. 29, topping Steve Jobs’ forecast of 730,000.

About 270,000 were sold in the first two days after the product’s June 29 debut.

Imagine the sales as soon as the iPhone is available outside the USA.

The UK is next in a few days.

Wait and see how the British go crazy.



IPHONE HACKERS

Files under Apple, Steve Jobs, hackers, iPhone | Oct 22nd

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These guys couldn’t wait!

And Steve Jobs has announced that the iPhone will be open to these external developments.

Once again, iPhone fever.

(Via Jean-Luc Grellier)



AGAIN, APPLE BEATS THE MARKET AND THE ANALYSTS!

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I told you a few days ago.

The analysts’ estimates from a few weeks ago were: 0.99 | 0.824 | 0.70 (High | Mean | Low).

So … again and again, these analysts (of what?) don’t have any clue about what’s going on in the market.

For the quarter that ended Sept. 30, Apple earned $904 million, or $1.01 per share, compared with $542 million, or 62 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

Apple’s fourth-quarter revenue totaled $6.22 billion, compared with $4.84 billion in the same quarter last year.

Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected earnings of 86 cents per share on $6.07 billion in revenue for the period.

You just have to have an iPod, a Macintosh or an iPhone to know more than these poor experts.

As I said, the iPhone is one of the most dramatic developments for the future of journalism.

It’s the first multimedia tool that’s really handy all the time – all the news, in text, sound and video.

And it comes with no instruction manual!

You buy a toaster and you get a 50-page manual.

You buy an iPhone and you can use it in minutes with no problems and no manual.

Apple should give away some iPhones to these poor analysts, perhaps then they will get it!

I am leaving this Wednesday for Europe and I’ll have two iPhones in my suitcase for two of our European consultants who live in countries where the iPhone dosen’t work yet.

But they can’t wait, they can’t!

Amazing, amazing!



THE NEW DESIGN OF EL PAIS

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I agree with many disappointed readers of El Pais.

I don’t like its last redesign.

At all.

The first design by Reinhard Gade and Julio Alonso was almost perfect.

Since then, all the changes have been just cosmetic.

El Pais, like many newspapers, doesn’t need to change the design, but the content.

The newsroom management.

The news format.

The news stategy.

To attract new and younger readers.

Young readers don’t buy newspapers for the design.

But for the content.

… and, yes, for the nice free watches (hopefully they work well).

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APPLE ANALYSTS?

Files under Apple estimates, analysts, earnings, predictions | Oct 20th

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Q4 2007 Apple earnings are expected to be announced next week.

The analysts’ estimates from a few weeks ago: 0.99 | 0.824 | 0.70 (High | Mean | Low).

Please join me to see if they are good or bad predictions.

My take:

Apple will beat them, for sure.



THE NEW DIARIO DE NOTICIAS IN MADEIRA (6)

One week after INNOVATION’s editorial and graphic redesign, Diario de Noticias is doing very well.

With exclusive cover stories like today’s:

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BABIES SELL

Files under Austria, KLEINE ZEITUNG, babies sell | Oct 20th

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A sure front page winner.

In Austria and everywhere.



READER CANDY

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Luis Vilches has designed three great pages in The Virginian-Pilot today.

The paper asked its readers to send pictures of costumed pets and the editors selected a few animals to came to the newsroom and the result is this portfolio of amazing pictures by intern photographer Joy Lewis.

Good idea, great pictures, smart captions and better design.

Pets sell.

And good design too!

Luis is another young Spanish designer working in the United States.

His award-winning portfolio shows that his passion for journalism is equal to or greater than his design skills.

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