It may seem like we mention Christian Schwartz every other week, but that’s only because he makes news that often. (Also, he has a nice soul patch.) This time, the big news is a newspaper. The revised Houston Chronicle marks a milestone in newspaper design as it’s probably the first modern paper to use a venetian oldstyle for body copy. The typeface was designed by Schwartz under the direction of the omnipresent publication designer Roger Black. Mr. Schwartz was kind enough to provide us with a PDF [124K] detailing the paper’s new typography.
Along with Schwartz and Black, masthead man Jim Parkinson had a hand in the Chronicle‘s new logo, which is based on something they used in the first half of the 1900s. The star, taken from a monument to Sam Houston, suits Texas to a tee. Unfortunately the resident staff got too excited about it and wear out the symbol by plugging it into every section title. I’m told there’s even a “Star” section in which there is no name at the head of the page, just the yellow five-pointer. Crazy Texans.
Today’s front page, sporting the complete redesign, looks very nice. Cheers go to Susan Barber (Chronicle AD) and Dan Cunningham (Sports Editor) who headed up the redesign team. Also to Theo Fels of Danilo Black, who spent many weeks in Houston to finish everything up.
Other groups talking about the new Chronicle include Newsdesigner.com (who also show a front page before/after), Hypulp, and VisualEditors.com (registration required, but worth it), where a Chronicle designer defends the big fat star, saying “let’s be glad we didn’t put a tumbleweed rolling through the flag”.