New York Times redesigns its print-edition feature sections

The redesigns of New York Times features sections begin today with the new look of “Science Times.” A Times release says: “The sections, created during the 1970’s, have each been refreshed and updated repeatedly over the years, but this is the first time all of the weekly feature sections have been redesigned as a whole.”
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From the release:

“With this redesign, our journalism will be even more accessible and, we hope, more dynamic,” said Rick Berke, an assistant managing editor who oversees The Times’s features departments and weekly sections. “But we preserved and enhanced the content that our readers have long looked for in our print feature sections. I can’t wait to see this all come together in Sunday’s paper.

The release is after the jump.


The New York Times Redesigns Its Feature Sections in Print

Tuesday’s “Science Times” is First Feature Section to Debut Print Redesign

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2013 – The New York Times has redesigned its feature sections in print. The redesign, which began today with Tuesday’s “Science Times,” will continue to roll out this week with each day’s feature sections, from Wednesday’s “Dining” to Sunday’s “Arts & Leisure.”

The sections will deliver the same high-quality content Times readers enjoy, in a familiar but renewed format, as part of The Times’s continuing investment in its print product.

“We are devoted to an excellent reading experience for all Times readers, in print, online and across mobile,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor, The New York Times. “Our paper is the cornerstone of our journalism, and this redesign speaks to our ongoing commitment to our valued print readers.”

The sections, created during the 1970’s, have each been refreshed and updated repeatedly over the years, but this is the first time all of the weekly feature sections have been redesigned as a whole.

“The New York Times is constantly evolving visually, both in print and online,” said Tom Bodkin, design director, The New York Times. “The goal was not to create an entirely new look, but to develop a more coherent, accessible, underlying structure across all sections.”

The redesign introduces new tools to strengthen sections’ individual identities and to differentiate content types within sections. Renewed packages and section content include:

“Well,” a self-contained pull-out spread dedicated to personal health, combining news briefs and shorts from the popular Well blog on NYTimes.com, running in Science Times

“In Transit,” a revamped page with calendar items, including tips and deals, plus news briefs, running in Travel
“Vows,” retooled as a standalone package, like Well, now with highlights of quirky and eccentric weddings, running in Sunday Styles

“With this redesign, our journalism will be even more accessible and, we hope, more dynamic,” said Rick Berke, an assistant managing editor who oversees The Times’s features departments and weekly sections. “But we preserved and enhanced the content that our readers have long looked for in our print feature sections. I can’t wait to see this all come together in Sunday’s paper.”

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