Journalism Experiment #4: The grid is your friend…use it

If you’re a journalist thinking about building your own site from the ground up, good for you. Here’s a word of advice, though. If you’re one of those coding amateurs out there like me, save yourself some trouble and use a grid. For starters, a grid will give you that “fit and finish” you see in all those good-looking sites not built by journalists. A grid also makes it easy to transfer your design from Photoshop to the Web, which is the basic process for all good Web design (thanks Richard Koci Hernandez for that secret). Continue reading

Journalism Experiment #2

This is my second experiment testing out the skills I’ve been picking up along my multimedia journey. For this experiment, I’m turning my attention to graphic design. Something I’ve learned since entering the world of multimedia journalism is that so much we do for the Web depends on design: from type of font to colors to the way they are arranged.

So I decided it was about that time to work on my design chops. Continue reading