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Cate Brett, Editor
Sunday Star-Times, New Zealand's largest newspaper

Richard Beene, President & CEO
The Bakersfield Californian

Bill Kunerth, Publisher
Idaho State Journal

Morgan Dickerman, Publisher
Wilson Daily Times | Wilson, N.C.

Sandy Rowe, Editor
The Oregonian

Ian Fennell, Editor
Idaho State Journal

Bob Rose, Assistant Managing Editor
St. Louis Post Dispatch

Randy Cox, Senior Editor for Visuals
The Oregonian

Nelson Brown, Assistant Managing Editor
The Virginian-Pilot

Tim Harrower, Author and consultant
Digital Ink

Bob Allen, Assistant Managing Editor
Crain's Detroit Business

Jon Kellogg, Executive editor
Republican-American | Waterbury, Conn.

Janet DeGeorge, President
Classified Executive Training

Sally Ellis, Classified Ad Manager
The Bakersfield Californian

Kathy Pope, Classified Ad Manager
The Daily Record | Dunn, N.C.

Crain's Detroit Business

We imposed on Brass Tacks Design the burden of creating a new look for a publication that its readers loved. What we got was an elegant newspaper that finally looked like a business publication. The new flag looks wonderful. Even now, nearly two years later, I could just weep with joy.

Reader response to the redesign was almost unanimously positive. The entire staff, editors and reporters alike, love it.

Speaking as an editor, it is easier to write headlines. Speaking as a designer, it's almost impossible to create an ugly page, thanks to the headline typography. And if you apply yourself, you can create pages that make you look a lot more talented than you probably are. The true test is that our inside pages sometimes can look as good as our display pages.

This design allows the nature of the news to determine the design of Page 1 – no more of that "dominant-art-of-white-guy-in-suit" stuff. And, no, we didn't sacrifice anything on deadlines. Nor did the quality of our reporting and editing suffer as a result of the changes.

Alan didn't merely give us what we wanted. He had us take a hard look at many of our assumptions about the way we did things. The process wasn't stress-free, but it was educational and, more often than not, fun. We began this project with the goal of looking informative while remaining informative. Mission accomplished.

Bob Allen, AME/Design

The Virginian-Pilot

The Virginian-Pilot continually assesses how we can better serve our readers and our communities. During a recent review, I was struck by the consistently high marks we have gotten from readers about the new design you created for and with us.

In every reader focus group we've held in the past two years, the vast majority of comments about the design have been positive. And in our two major quantitative studies – a readership satisfaction index and a complex consumer segmentation analysis – questions involving the organization, attractiveness and ease of use of the paper draw high marks.

We also appreciate your willingness to work with us when new design or production challenges arise. You have sustained your commitment to help us achieve our objectives that guided you throughout the design process. Thanks again for your contribution to the success of The Virginian-Pilot.

Cole Campbell, editor

Portland Press Herald

We wanted a traditional-looking newspaper that was reader friendly but true to the spirit of Maine.

Alan listened to us, he understood and delivered just what we asked for.

Warren Watson, managing editor

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Brass Tacks gave us the design to be a better newspaper and the tools to make us better editors. Our redesign not only has changed the way the paper looks, but it is a cornerstone for changing the way everyone in the newsroom works.

Brass Tacks Design helped us redesign quicker than almost anyone in the company thought possible.

Bob Rose, AME/Graphics

The Intelligencer

Our new design is cleaner, neater and better-organized. But what astounds me is that our desk now does things — good things — it never did before, as if Brass Tacks Design built something into the design that makes people more creative.

Lanny Morgnanesi, executive editor

North Jersey Herald & News

We at The Herald & News are very happy with the redesign and feel, more now than ever, that we were fortunate to have you redesign our paper.

I've worked with a number of designers in my 20 years, and I rate you as one of the best. All designers say they understand the market, the product, the mission, but few come with unique solutions. Your design does.

Again, my congratulations on something original and creative. You're making the newspaper business 'fun' for the first time.

Richard Vezza, publisher

Sunday News

Overall, the reaction was good. The word from the staff was that people they ran into Sunday and Monday really liked it, and compared it favorably to the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer.

My personal reaction? I think we look great. I am deliriously happy with the way we look. It's classy and when I saw our stack of papers at a convenience store on Sunday, I said Wow.

Marv Adams, news editor

Daily Record

When Alan came to our site, he blew all my consultant stereotypes out of the proverbial waters. The man knows newspapers, and he knows the pitfalls of the redesign process. He wasn't afraid to challenge our notions and ask the hard questions. He didn't just help us make our paper look great, but his pragmatic, hands-on guidance helped our paper read great. Alan knows that content is king and that great design is only great if it is packaging great content.

Alan was a pleasant straight-shooter who defused egos and took a lot of the pain out of the redesign process. The bottom line for me is that our readers have a better paper because of Alan's efforts.

Lucas Roebuck, editor

News & Record

We told Alan we needed a look that would set us apart. He gave us a bold design that excited our readers and delighted advertisers.

Tom Corrigan, AME/Graphics

The Flagship

Alan is aware of industry trends and quickly assesses the ability of users to take advantage of improvements.

His recommendations are direct and candid, and they always yield a quick return on investment.

Susan Kelly-Gilbert, general manager


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