I am honored to have been invited, one more time, to take a look at Auto Bild magazine three years after my first visit. As many of you know, despite of changing and developing many new things in the graphic project, in the last weeks, I am contributing weekly in every issue, in order to develop new approaches and find new ways of telling stories visually in the magazine. Here are examples of pages I designed for the last 2 issues!
In the recent editions of Auto Bild we looked for new ways to tell stories visually that are different from the cliche that normally car publications do.
Here is the result of some pages I designed in the third issue of my work as a consultant for the magazine.
As many of you have been following, one month ago I started giving a consulting in the largest car magazine in Europe to adjust and rethink several aspects of the redesign project that I did 3 years ago.
This is the second edition of the “new” magazine, in which now I not only the development of the graphic project, but also get my hands dirty and design pages by myself, taking the challenge to find different ways and languages to tell stories visually in a car magazine.
Bellow some pages of this second issue of the ”new life”of Auto Bild:
3 years ago I had the honor to redesign Auto Bild Magazine (europes’s largest automobile magazine), being the biggest change that the publication ever had in terms of design and content. The redesign was selected amongst the top3 in Germany last 2014 and was implemented in several other countries where the magazine is published.
Today, 3 years later, I came back to the Auto Bild newsroom, to rethink some aspects of the project, and to identify important points of the original concept that got lost over time.
Among the changes, we made some adjustments in the typography, fully refreshed the color palette, developed new elements and redesigned some other few. We also brought a new approach to the magazine creating some new sections.
In the first week of the release of the “changes package”, I put my hands in the magazine and designed pages for this first issue. In the end of the week, I was surprised breaking my own record of the number of pages designed in a week for a magazine! : )
Below the result of all this:
This week I participated as a speaker in a panel discussion at the 39th SND Annual Workshop & Exhibition in Charlotte, USA, about the impact of the industry economy on news design.
Participating in the discussion with me was Adonis Durado (Muscat Media Group), Nuri Ducassi (Toronto Star), Javier Errea and David Kordalski (Crain’s Cleveland), exposing the different realities of visual journalism in different parts of the world.
I highlight here one of the most interesting points raised in the end by Javier, exposing the need nowadays, when we have so much visual innovation, to return and don’t forget the basis and foundation of journalism that is and should always be our guide.
“It’s about using a visual narrative that makes the reader think ‘that’s an impressive story’ rather than ‘that’s an impressive design’. ”
This week I gave an interview to Inside.app Magazine, where I talk about news design and my work at Axel Springer.
The latest facts have shocked the world. It is impossible not to be moved by the images we have seen coming from Syria.
One of the most challenging exercises when working in a newspaper (either for print or online) is certainly when we have “breaking news”. Changing the newspaper in a short time and looking for the best way to bring visual elements that translate the story in the best possible way, in a short time, is a challenge for every visual journalist.
Below, my most recent work (pages from the latest edition of Bild am Sonntag).
Now it is official. I am happy to share: 7 awards at the “SND – Best of News Design Competition” in the USA this year with Bild am Sonntag! Becoming the most awarded publication from Axel Springer and one of the most awarded popular newspapers in the world.
For me, this is again the confirmation that is possible to bring “visual storytelling” to a popular newspaper language.
Douglas Okasaki, president of the Society for News Design shared very kind words about it:“The pages design from Bild am Sonntag has a strong voice. The typography plays a strong role in the page combined with the pictures. It’s impossible not call the readers attentions. It’s a unique style for a German newspaper”
Here are the winning pages:
Category: Opinion Design
Category: Opinion Design
Category: News Design
Category: Breaking News
2016 has been an incredible year. I had the opportunity to give workshops to newspapers from Latin America to Eastern Europe. I met incredible professionals, amazing newspapers, magazines at full throttle. The result of everything? I learned a lot.
During this “lecture tour”, I have been able to show and explain what I have studied and tested in practice over the last 10 years in more than 30 newspapers around the world where I collaborated: the power of visual narrative in journalism. The power of telling stories in a more captivating way, no matter to what kind of publication you work.All this goes through two basic paths, which have become my focus of study and working tool: “cognitive psychology” and the “generation of emotion”.
While Professor Colin Ware writes that we should think of information design tools and cognitive tools that enhance and extend our brains (diagrams, maps, information graphics, visual instructions, technical illustrations), it helps us solve problems through a process of Visual thinking. Cognition is about understanding!
On the other hand, visual storytelling has the unic power to generate emotions. We can engage our reader to the story with emotions. Like a soundtrack in a movie!
And here, we touch very important area from our readers: the subconscious.
Roger Ebert once said:”Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions never lie to you”
According to many cognitive scientists, our first reactions to new external stimuli are determined by our conscious minds, but by the parasympathetic nervous system, which causes our bodies to produce immediate physical and chemical reactions, such as the production of tears, laughter, or adrenaline.
It’s only a few milliseconds after the most involved computer processing parts of our brain are involved, adding logic and explanation to this instinctive emotional outlet.
Sometimes we forget that, as visual journalists, we have lot of power in our hands.