Mark Porter

Editorial design

Archive for the ‘Web design’ Category

Aggregator with attitude

October 8th, 2008

Tina Brown’s new endeavour The Daily Beast is now up. It’s basically a news aggregator, but with a strong editorial slant (or as TB puts it, “sensibility, darling”). It’s also the first web product from one of the most distinguished magazine editors around. Read the rest of this entry »

September 16th, 2008

A new Wall Street Journal site launched today. Read the rest of this entry »

Long live the 12-column grid

September 9th, 2008

When I first crossed the great divide from print to web, one of the earliest things I tried to do was introduce a flexible multi-column grid (you know, like a magazine). We tried various options, but in the end the most successful was the classic 12-column which has graced so many great magazines from Twen (above) to, well, Guardian Weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Love child (2)

September 1st, 2008

Plagiarism is so much easier in the digital world — if someone wants to steal your design they dont even have to bother recreating it as they do in print, they can just take your code. has its imitators, but this find only takes a gif (and a name) from us. The rest comes from a different source

Guardian updates

July 22nd, 2008

The last two big sections of have been updated — culture and life & style went on to the new platform last night, and I’m starting to feel like a marathon runner who can see the tape after 26 miles.

It’s a strange feeling to see these new sites going up, as they’re based on design decisions we made over two years ago. But now that the end of the massive migration project is almost here, it’s finally to start thinking about making it all better, hooray!

Wonderful Copenhagen

May 26th, 2008

Just got back from a couple of beautifully sunny days at the Crash news design seminar in Copenhagen. Its a really lovable city with a great design culture. I was talking at Arne Jacobsen’s Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, opened in 1960. Jacobsen designed everything down to the door handles; its been made over since then but the lobby is still pretty authentic, and its a great Danish design experience — lots of Egg and Swan chairs, Poul Henningsen lighting, and Vola taps. Read the rest of this entry »

More flattery

May 9th, 2008 is previewing its new homepage. Nothing amazing here, but the picture trails at bottom right bear a striking resemblance to a feature of a well-known newspaper site (Via City of Sound)

Form & content (danger: quasi-philosophical speculations)

May 8th, 2008

I’m currently preparing a talk for the Crash 2008 news design seminar in Copenhagen later in the month, and I’m making a real effort to collect and synthesise my thoughts about what editorial design means in the digital world. These ideas have been evolving over the last year or so, and are constantly developing as I read and talk to some of the great designers around the world I’m lucky enough to meet and spend time with. Read the rest of this entry »

Khoi Vinh Q&A

May 1st, 2008

Khoi Vinh, web design director at the New York Times, has been answering users’ questions in their “Talk to the Newsroom” slot. He has some nice things to say about me and my team, and gives a fascinating insight into his own views and philosophy, and his role at the Times. Well worth reading

Letters to the editor

April 29th, 2008

Last week the Sport section of migrated to the new platform, and acquired the “new” (18-month-old) look. Just the latest rollout in our redesign and rebuild programme which began with Travel way back in late 2006. A few parts of the network are still in the pipeline, but it’s finally starting to feel like the heavy lifting will soon be over. Read the rest of this entry »