To be an editorial designer today means being prepared to learn continuously and relentlessly. Here are some of our recommended resources for ongoing education, which we'll add to and update over time.
This book by Jason Santa Maria (former creative director for Typekit; co-founder of Editorially, now with Vox Media) looks at how typography impacts the act of reading on the web.
A heavily principled guide of essays on typography by Jan Tschichold, first published in 1975 after his death, translated in 1991 by Robert Bringhurst, and reprinted in 1997.
You might think you already understand the web and what users want, but Paul Ford sums it up perfectly: “The web is not, despite the desires of so many, a publishing medium. The web is a customer service medium.” Might as well read everything on ftrain.com while you’re there, too.
The UX archive saves screenshots of user flows for a range of tasks on the iPhone. When we suggested adding “Reading” as one of the tasks, cofounder Arthur Bodelec (also one of the creators of the news reader Feedly) happily obliged. Compare how different apps design the read- ing experience and note the changes in iOS versions.
Boxes and Arrows is one of the longest-running peer-written online journals for information architecture and interaction design.
Contents is an online magazine “at the intersection of content strategy, online publishing, and new-school editorial work.” Edited by Erin Kissane (author of The Elements of Content Strategy), the site features smart reads such as Paul Ford’s “10 Timeframes” and “Inside The Silent History,” an interview with Eli Horowitz about his iOS serial novel.
Articles by working professionals across the field and essential reading for anyone making websites.
This book by Jeffrey Zeldman is the gold standard for understanding the role of design and the designer on the web.
Kristina Halvorson, Colleen Jones, and Erin Kissane are all must-read authors on the subject of content strategy, but Karen McGrane’s Content Strategy for Mobile is a quick yet essential guide for anyone publishing serial content online. How your con- tent loads on readers’ smartphone and tablet browsers is only going to become more crucial. Not all readers will buy your app, but anyone curious about what you’re doing will come to your website.
Francesco Franchi, the gifted art director for IL (Intelligence in Lifestyle), a monthly magazine bundled with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE, presents a beautiful, detailed look at the state of information design in journalism.
Veteran creative director Robert Newman’s blog compiles “magazine, newspaper, book, and LP covers, posters, illustration, and other graphic visual joy” from the past and present.
Similar to OmniGraffle but less costly, with a great community for sharing.
This talk given by Wilson Miner at the 2011 Build Conference addresses the opportunity and responsibility of building new digital tools and how each of the things we make creates a new environment.