Mark Porter

Editorial design

New work: The Guardian iPad app

October 13th, 2011

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Hooray! The Guardian iPad edition is in the app store at last. It’s been such a long wait I’m guessing that expectations will be very high. Well I for one am happy that it succeeds in what it sets out to do — deliver the content of the printed paper on the iPad in a form that feels completely at home on the device.
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New SvD iPad app

September 23rd, 2011

My friends at Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm have a new iPad offerring in the app store.

The design is by SvD art director Anna Thurfjell, and I did a tiny bit of consulting on it — just a couple of hours here and there encouraging them to get out of print-centric thinking and advising them on how to make the most of the Woodwing system they are using. (UPDATE:  a few words removed here at the request of Woodwing).

The interesting thing here is the publishing idea. SvD runs a lot of long stories, especially at the weekend, and they realise that these often don’t all get read. In addition there are frequently images that dont make it into the print layout, and sometimes associated mulitmedia that gets buried on the website. So they are gathering together the best of a month’s slower-paced content and repurposing it as an iPad magazine. There is a limited amount of high-quality Swedish-language journalism available on the iPad, so they hope that it will attract some non-SvD readers who will then get hooked and seek out the main paper and website.

I can’t vouch for the quality of the writing as I don’t speak Swedish, but I’m told it’s pretty good. The app is free for now, and will be paid for later.


Ethics and infographics

May 12th, 2011

Over the weekend, Juan Giner and Alberto Cairo wrote an article for Nieman Watchdog about the blurring of fact and fiction in newspaper infographics following the death of Osama Bin Laden. I was asked to endorse it and was happy to agree. As it happened I had been discussing exactly these issues with Michael Robinson, head of graphics at the Guardian and Observer, a couple of days before. Read the rest of this entry »

Svenska Dagbladet site going live

March 16th, 2011

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Gosh it’s a long time since I blogged. So long, in fact, that I forgot my Wordpress login. Since I left the Guardian and started the studio we have been working so hard on projects that blogging has been sadly forgotten. And of course, Twitter seems to have taken over (@IamMarkPorter if you don’t follow me), but being long-winded by nature, the 140 character limit is real pain for me sometimes. So I hope to mix it up a bit more in the future.

One of the projects that been keeping me busy (and had me spending a lot of time in the SAS lounge at Terminal 3) is the redesign of the Svenska Dagbladet website which goes live tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

More Courrier International

September 16th, 2010

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(Click to enlarge) Issue #2 cover, by excellent in-house art director Sophie-Anne Delhomme (who is also a talented novelist and is married to the brillliant Jean-Philippe Delhomme).

New work: Courrier International

September 15th, 2010

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The first project from my studio since I left The Guardian is on the streets: Courrier International, published in Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

Design Week profile

July 15th, 2010

There’s a profile of me in today’s Design Week by Jim Davies. Subscribers only on the website unfortunately, so if you want to read, it you’ll have to buy the magazine.

A wonderful book

June 4th, 2010

I was presenting a magazine design in Paris yesterday, the preparation for which goes some way towards explaining my lack of posts, tweets, sleep etc in the last week. So I missed the chance to comment in a timely fashion on the Times website and the great ipad magazine layout debate.

After the meeting I had a late train back to London so I managed to spend some time in one of Paris’ very civilised book shops, where I found this…

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SND Italia (2)

May 22nd, 2010

On friday, SND Italia moved to Rome for a conference in — weirdly — a building where I lived in the 1990s when I was working on Colors magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

SND Italia

May 19th, 2010

I’m in Italy for the first SND conference of the new Italian chapter. It was Milan today, and I’ve just got the train to Rome for a meeting at Internazionale tomorrow, and another day of talks (same speakers) in Rome on Friday. Read the rest of this entry »