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ICCJA: Chuck Burke on the Chicago Tribune Redesign

Tribune Tower, Hood & Howells, architects, ope...Image via WikipediaChuck Burke, an Eastern alumnus who is a designer at the Chicago Tribune, spoke to the Illinois Community College Journalism Association conference tonight. Burke is a community college alum as well, so he shared some of his experience and also gave the students a preview of the Trib redesign that’s coming out Monday.

There are some interesting design changes in the offing, but Burke also said that the redesign was part of an effort to transition the Tribune’s storytelling style as well. Instead of having five top stories on the front page, there are now going to be a couple of stories on the front and pointers to inside pages. I’ll post a photo later.

Burke showed some of the early prototypes, including the one that was leaked onto the Internet last month. But he also said the prototypes were just to push the envelope of creativity as much as anything like changing the name of the paper.

There’s going to be a new features section starting next week as well. Burke said the Trib is also working on a web site redesign, but focused on the print redesign first.

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