|Newspapers and magazines
are the print venue for humanity's expression. They keep
people informed, entertained, and, in some cases, change
the course of political destinies.
Publications on the Web function in much the same
way, although there's the exciting element of access to a
much broader range of titles that might otherwise require
a lot of effort to find. These include papers and
magazines from cities, states, and countries all over the
globe. This is the so-called Information Age in action.
Online publications are, in fact, one of
the hottest types of Web sites. As such, there are many of
them, so I urge you to go exploring and find ones that
meet your interests, as well as those offered here, for
the purpose of design commentary and learning.
First up is the Tucson Weekly Online, a
small-town paper that has captured national attention for
a number of reasons, including the discussion here:
navigation. Large amounts of data require user-friendly,
intelligent means of maneuvering the space, and the Tucson
Weekly provides a very admirable example.
Next up is Word, a very popular 'zine
that is a fine study of interface development. This
extends the more specific ideas of navigation into a
broader-spectrum learning for the designer: How to drive
content by understanding how to contain it.
The Boston Phoenix's online offering is
visually rich, with many beautifully designed image maps.
Client-sided mapping is becoming the popular choice.
You'll walk through an example of how to do this with the
marvelous program MapEdit.
The next publication on the rack is The
Brink, a 'zine that seeks to exploit hypermedia in
artistic and cutting-edge ways. How can you use the Web as
an artistic medium? Find out as I explore this on-the-edge
online creation. On the more traditional front, the
Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune offers up an attractive
site with a variety of highlights, including downloadable
Out.com is an alternative magazine that
not only represents community, but fosters it via its
interactive, global messaging forums. Designers wishing to
implement this type of technology have the opportunity to
think about some of the conceptual ways to present such
forums. Do you think conversation might get scalding on an
interactive system? It's always far above room temperature
at the Phoenix New Times Online, which teaches how to keep
content hot by making sure it's fresh.
La Nacion Online is one of Argentina's
contributions to the global mien, and text alternatives
and consistent navigation are discussed as you'll tour
their contemporary site. MoJo Wire is an example of
appropriate design, a simple-but-effective approach to
making sure just the right amount of color and design
enhances, but does not detract, from written content.
The last page of this tour is Dark
Alliances, a journalist's project that is a fine example
of what has been termed Way New Media. This is the
combination of journalism with interactive, multiple
medias. Dark Alliances provides a comprehensive look at
how that can be done while maintaining respect and
consideration for the variety of Web browsers and