Mathew Ingram: Google’s AMP project should give publishers reason to hesitate

Google’s recently announced Accelerated Mobile Pages project aims to make the mobile web faster, but Mathew Ingram writes that there’s reason for publishers to be hesitant about whether to jump on board. AMP pages would likely require publishers to abandon Javascript-based analytics and tracking, which Ingram says has the potential to heavily affect their monetization. […]

Google is aiming to speed up the mobile web with Accelerated Mobile Pages

You might have heard: Google was expected to announce its own version of Instant Articles, with a group of publishers as partners But did you know: Google announced Wednesday Accelerated Mobile Pages, its answer to Facebook’s Instant Articles. Accelerated Mobile Pages speed up mobile page load times through a new open framework called AMP HTML, […]

Fox Sports increased site traffic and engagement in 6 weeks through design changes intended to keep users on the site

In just six weeks, Fox Sports has seen a 23 percent increase in pageviews and a 37 percent increase in time spent per visitor, which Sahil Patel writes is the result of several design changes. Those three key changes are: a “semi-infinite” scroll that shows four consecutive stories, personalized article recommendations based on the user’s […]

Why senior-level employees need to understand design: ‘Good design is good business’

In an interview with McKinsey’s Hugo Sarrazin, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers design partner John Maeda says it’s critical for senior executives to understand design because it’s about more than just appearance. Maeda says design is about systems thinking as well, and it’s what drives people to buy products now: “We have enough processing power, […]

Highlights from 2015’s Online Journalism Awards: Winners include coverage of Baltimore riots after Freddie Gray’s death and Charlie Hebdo attacks

At the 2015 Online Journalism Awards, news organizations including, The Baltimore Sun and The Wall Street Journal took home awards for coverage of events such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the riots in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death. won the award for “breaking news, small” for its real-time coverage of Charlie Hebdo, […]

Why The Washington Post’s redesigned website includes a print-style hierarchy

The inspiration from The Washington Post’s recently launched homepage redesign comes from a familiar place, Mario Garcia writes: Print. On the new homepage, only a few stories are placed at the top of the page, which Garcia says conveys the top stories readers should know about at the moment in the way a newspaper front […]

News startups are looking to avoid the viewability issue by designing ad-friendly sites from the start

You might have heard: Digital media is wrestling with ad viewability, with little agreement on whose responsibility it is to move the industry forward But did you know: Ad viewability is a contested issue with publishers and advertisers, but some news startups are hoping to get around the issue by designing websites that are ad-friendly. […]

How The Washington Post’s homepage redesign was inspired by print

The Washington Post’s redesigned homepage was revealed last week, the final piece of its sidewide reboot. But it’s not drastically different from its predecessor, which director of digital products and design Joey Marburger says was intentional. The new homepage was inspired by the print front page, as the Post was looking for the ability to […]

How GQ cut its page load time while redesigning its website

Prior to redesigning its website, GQ’s pages took up to 7 seconds to load, an unacceptable lag as its mobile traffic grows. As its website was redesigned, GQ migrated to a single CMS and decluttered its article pages, cutting load time to under 2 seconds. The company Rigor helped GQ optimize its site performance. Its […]

Why an article progress bar might be a design step backwards

To give readers a better idea of the length of a story they’re reading, some publishers are using article progress bars to let readers know how far they’ve gotten and how much they have left. However, some designers say the feature is more distracting than helpful for readers. A better solution may be one similar […]