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The Yorker gets a redesign

Now I understand if most of you don’t know what The Yorker is, but just for reference before we get going; it’s my baby.

As an undergraduate at York I did a little bit of English Literature degree and a lot of journalism, web design and writing. When a friend of mine asked if I’d like to do a recipe page (apparently I looked the type) little did I know how much I’d come to love The Yorker.

York is pretty renowned for its student media, the two campus newspapers Nouse and Vision regularly win Guardian Student Media Awards and I was lucky enough to work alongside some of the individual winners at The Yorker.

Anyway to cut a long story short we decided that York deserved something new for a new online type of student. We set up a homepage, gathered the stories, designed the pages and launched in 2006. Then followed a whirlwind of activity, as we live blogged controversial University news, learnt the pros and cons of the readers ‘right to reply’ and brought in writers, photographers and techies to help keep the site up to date, fresh and relevant; we made it happen.

And then we graduated. It’s a very strange process handing over your role to a willing second year but we all did it (I was Lifestyle Editor in case you’re wondering), and of course I pop over to check on them every so often and find out the campus goings on.

Imagine my horror then yesterday when it didn’t look like my Yorker any more. I was genuinely alarmed, and I definitely didn’t like it.

This morning though I went back a little calmer and I have to admit I prefer Yorker 2.0 to 1.0. It looks professional: it’s easier to navigate, it’s easier to read, it’s better organised. The Yorker has grown up.

It would seem that I’ve moved on to bigger and better things and so has The Yorker. Our first steps created a foundation for the next generation to evolve into something better. The result demonstrates the creativity and passion of the great people we handed the batton to as they continue to make it theirs.


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