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May. 16th The marketing of the South China Morning Post relaunch

TAKEAWAY: While we labored over typographic styles, photo sizes and color palettes, the marketing department of the South China Morning Post worked right by our side for the past 8 months.  Anne Wong, marketing director, wanted to know every detail in the process before creating her campaign.  That campaign, Make Everyday Matter, has now accompanied us thru the relaunch and has enough power to become a brand statement for years to come.

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Apr. 24th TheiPadLab: e-reader apps with something extra

TAKEAWAY: Today’s iPadLab segment takes us to Austria, to the financial daily WirtschaftsBlatt, published in Vienna: its iPad app combines the intuitive turning of the page that e-readers provide, but with the ability to update selected stories throughout the day.

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Apr. 20th The iPad Lab: Creating the Advertising Suite

TAKEAWAY: Make room for ads that go beyond the linear in your news iPad app.  Let the user experience advertising content in a way that would make it easy to access and to enjoy.  Create the “advertising suite” that invites and keeps the user inside the app.

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Apr. 19th Type as expression: share the fun here

TAKEAWAY: Type—-it is more than letters, numbers and punctuation marks.  It is what gives our publications’ design that “ten seconds” of instant recognition, acceptance, rejection and, most importantly, when used well, what makes the information easy to read.  Today we look at some interesting type considerations that go beyond an analysis of ascenders, descenders and serifs. Take a look at expression through type

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Apr. 18th The universal language of design

TAKEAWAY: No matter what language or alphabet is involved in the design changes to a newspaper, website or tablet, there are some essential, universal values that prevail, as our recent work shows.

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Apr. 15th The concept of editions for news iPad apps

TAKEAWAY: It is a subject where there are not many easy, well researched answers: should a news iPad app be updated constantly, once a day, more often?  Our work with the development of five news apps to date have taught us a few valuable lessons which we share in our weekend post of TheMarioBlog.

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Apr. 14th A front page that reflects today’s modern newspaper

TAKEAWAY: Take a look at this front page of today’s Il Secolo XIX, of Genoa, Italy.  The use of this lead mini poster allows the editors to display two important stories of the day, without the old dilemma: which one goes higher than the other?  We share the page and our comments with you.  PLUS: New An Nahar pages of today

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Oct. 31st Monitoring Change in Texas

It’s easy to tell why The Monitor is one of the most successful newspapers in America. From their state of the art new presses, to the ambitious leadership and devoted newsroom staff, everything about the way this south Texas daily serves their community seems right. But perhaps the most impressive and telling key to their success is their unwavering commitment to giving their readers exactly what they want

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Jul. 25th Your news, your way in Australia

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Jun. 1st Mario Makes The List

Mario Garcia Sr., CEO and founder of Garcia Media, is listed in PEOPLE En Español’s list of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics.

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May. 8th First Blog Post

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