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The Newspaper Designer's Handbook [Spiral-bound]

Tim Harrower
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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August 1, 1997 0697327205 978-0697327208 4th
Here's a step-by-step guide every aspect to of newspaper design, from basic page layout to complex infographics. Professionals will find it loaded with examples, advice, design ideas, and exercises to help them manipulate photos, headlines, and text; create charts, maps, and diagrams; design attractive photo spreads; add appealing sidebars; create engaging feature layouts; and work with color.

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About the Author

Tim Harrower is a renowned journalism educator and consultant. --This text refers to an alternate Spiral-bound edition.

Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 4th edition (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0697327205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0697327208
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim Harrower has been an editor, designer and columnist at newspapers large (The Oregonian), midsized (The Rochester Times-Union) and small (the Times weeklies in Beaverton, Ore.). He became a journalist in the '80s after his first career choice -- rock 'n' roll superlegend -- fizzled out.

Harrower's first book, "The Newspaper Designer's Handbook," has been a fixture in newsrooms and classrooms around the world, translated into Russian, Chinese and Polish. His follow-up, "Inside Reporting," is America's most popular journalism textbook.

He currently hosts journalism workshops, consults on redesigns, noodles around with multimedia, composes music and writes fiction at his dog-and-frog ranch deep in the Oregon woods.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great handbook for students and new designers August 16, 1997
By A Customer
I actually used this book as a undergrad. I have to admit that, like most harried college students, I usually opted to go out with friends when given the choice to go out or read a textbook. This book definitely gave my friends a serious challenge.

The difference was in the practicality and wealth of information in this book. It was practical in the way that it covered the current newspaper design trends without diverting to an oddball discussion on past trends, like I've seen in other handbooks and journalism texts. It was practical in that it really didn't discuss useless theory. It displayed and demonstrated through extemely well-designed graphic examples.

The wealth of information contained by The Newspaper Designer's Handbook was equal to its practicality. The book covered every part of design that I could imagine, from cutlines to infographics. And it covered all of the elements with detail.

And, unlike most of my college texts, it was easy to understand. It seemed that each and every page had an example of the current topic along with detailed explanations on the how's and why's of newspaper design.

So, even though it's sad to say, I do remember a few nights that this book beat going out. That's one of the reasons that I'm buying the next edition. You see, I hate spending my own money to buy classroom books that may not used often, but I know this book is worth it. My newspaper students really need something like this. A lot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book on newspaper design! January 6, 1999
This book is an absolutely essential guide for anyone planning a newspaper design. I bought it while re-designing our company staff newspaper and found its graphic examples and easy to follow examples excellent.
I've used the publication several times to justify design decisions to my colleagues with great success.
Also, the book doesn't waste unnecessary space describing design basics. While an absolute novice could make great use of this book, it's certainly not 'over-simple' for a professional designer. It's just an example of an author who really knows his stuff and happens to be an excellent communicator.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read it & recommended it MANY times! June 3, 1999
By A Customer
I love this book. My dad owns it -- he took a class by the author -- and I have borrowed it several times, as well as recommended it to friends -- all of whom have been impressed by the humorous and intelligent approach Harrower takes to newspaper design.
If you want to know more about layout and design, but don't want to read a book -- try this one. After reading the first two pages, you'll forget you don't want to read a book and will be spellbound. How many textbooks can claim that?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any high school newspaper! August 26, 1999
By A Customer
I have used this book for three years in my high school journalism curriculum. It seems there is nothing Mr. Harrower does not know about designing a newspaper. He gives multitude examples of layout, but also gives tips on overall design, photos, advertising, the list goes on. My fiance is teaching journalism this year and this book will tops on his birthday list! Note: the material is a bit above the high school level, but his ideas are adaptable and his suggestions fundamental. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Command Visual Information Officer, U.S. Army October 22, 2001
Incredible resource! A must for anyone in the publishing business. Basic, common-sense approach to layout and design. Rich in ideas and packed with useful information explaining the how and whys of modern newspaper production. A perfect addtion to a library that seconds as a resource for "this is why we do it this way!" Tim has long been a advocate for a graphic approach to the print business and this book lets you have it with both barrels.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful but Over Priced - Poor Binding - Worthless CD November 23, 2004
I give this book 4 stars on content alone. But the publisher gets failing grades for price, binding, paper stock, and included CD. With the thousands of books I own, I never had to complain about binding and paper stock until now. I recommend purchasing the hardcover version. I purchased this manual to help me start a local newspaper. I searched through the Internet and there seemed to be few book resources like this one. But there are some good news and bad news related to this book. You decide for yourself. The good news is that this is a wonderful book. It has a little bit of everything. It has lots of examples, defines everything you need to know about a newspaper. It even includes some history. The book makes a big deal of the color added to this edition. I would have suggested it be added several editions ago. The fifth edition even includes a good web design section and a poorly crafted CD. The bad news is that this book is over priced - probably since it has a monopoly on the subject matter. If there was competition the value would be more like $20 at best. The binding is spiral type and the paper is on the thin side so the pages will bend and tear easily. The cover is heavy stock paper as you would expect in any soft covered book. I don't know about you, but when I spend $60 on a book I expect it to be of the highest quality in binding, cover, and paper. I expected the CD to be loaded with all kinds of goodies, examples, and probably a digital version of the book (would have been very handy). After reviewing the CD, it is nothing less than worthless. It looks like a last minute attempt to grab and entice you to buy. The resources provided from the website is not even worth mentioning. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of ancient history
I've moved on to online publication. This book would be great for anyone still doing print, or for student publications.
Published 1 month ago by R. Parker
1.0 out of 5 stars Major quality issues with this book.
This book is so cheaply made that it is basically impossible to use.
Cheap thin paper and terrible coil binding. It gets damaged every time I use it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Bannister
4.0 out of 5 stars Seemed relatively useful.
It's kind of hard for me to rate a textbook. I got this as a cheap upgrade to the much older 4th edition. The newer version was definitely a step up. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Schmapdi
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars! Content, clarity and concision. Couldn't be done any...
I am recently unemployed. I stumbled across a website by a retiree who says he made good money with a zero-content ad paper direct-mailed until he got bored with retirement and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Delashmit
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Newspaper Design Handbook
The most complete guide to newspaper design ever. Great examples, clear and concise explanations. A "must have" for all newsrooms.
Published 7 months ago by W. Trimble
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tricks, but this book is outdated (and expensive).
That this book is outdated should come as no surprise to anyone, really. The newspaper industry is dying and needs some new ideas; this book just shows how it's always been done. Read more
Published 8 months ago by matt w radcliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars Textbook.
I got the book on time and for a better price than at my university bookstore. That's about it to be honest.
Published 15 months ago by Miranda K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Excellent buy and I received my book very fast! I couldn't find this price elsewhere. I would recommend anytime! Thanks!
Published 17 months ago by Diana Pinedo
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
I had wanted to go to his seminar- but ended up buyig the book instead which seems to cover everything. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Dyann Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ!
With no experience whatsoever in the journalism or newspaper industry I decided to start the first Hispanic all Spanish newspaper in central Alabama. This was a life saver. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by waggly toast
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