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The Old Grey Lady: The Times Needs to Get Over ‘Snow Fall’

Like most people, I have a fear of getting really old. You know how sometimes you see an old, grey lady in the supermarket grumbling about the price of milk and scowling at the clerk who tries to help her? I don’t want to be her one day. Other times, I see a woman of the same, grey age on the street with a cooler handbag than I currently do, tweeting her way down 6th Avenue with friend and think, ‘there you go! That’s how I’m going to be!’

The New York Times is both of these grey ladies, all of the time. 

By asking Scrollkit to take down their replica and reference to ‘Snow Fall,’ the Times looks a little cranky. I’m no Lawrence Lessig, but like Cody Brown, I can see how his video ‘could be’ fair use. Asking him to cease and desist using any mention of the Times on their site? That’s a little draconian. But what do I know. 

In any case, the New York Times has been, and still is, a benchmark of decent journalism and decent survival rates online. But it’s going to have to play nice. 

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News design trends in Google’s Chrome apps

As a proud recent pilot tester for the Google Chrome Notebook, I’ve switched over to the device as my primary laptop and have thus been consuming more and more news through the web apps in the Google Chrome Web app store.

Because Chrome web apps have yet to be adopted at a mass consumer level, it’s an opportunity for news orgs to experiment with new displays of news without really impacting ad potential or frustrating the standard user. And that’s just what they’re doing — experimenting.

If these apps (which are all accessible from a web browser, even if you don’t have Chrome or the Chrome notebook) are any indicator of where the future of news design is headed, here are the trends I’m noticing:

Grid layouts

Every news app in the Google web store has a drastically different layout from its respective site and iPad app. The most common layout is a grid-style set of tiles which includes headlines, excerpts and photos for various sections or topics, as shown below in the NPR app, Salon app, and New York Times app.

Keyboard shortcuts

Switching amongst stories is intuitive in the Chrome store. It never made much sense from a UX perspective for a user to use the browser’s back button, then find the next story on the list to click in order to go through posts chronologically. Most of the Chrome apps allow you to navigate amongst articles and sections using simple keyboard strokes. Read more