Washington Post Redesign as a Wiki
After our last posts on the future of news we have been asked again and again to illustrate:
- What does a newspaper as a wiki look like?
- How can newspapers bring their online and offline identity together?
- What is appropriate advertisement?
- What is an easy to read newspaper website?
Of course we are still not allowed to show the work we did for our client. So instead we made a sketch this afternoon of how the Washington Post might look as a wiki made by iA:
In the meantime it still looks like this:
Here is the direct comparison:
Now of course you want to look at it from close, don’t you? Click on the image to see a 1:1 version:
Please note that:
- this is an just a sketch that illustrates the possibilities as we’ve discussed.
- what you see is a .jpg made from this design. The actual HTML dummy with the original design looks much nicer, as it scales and displays the fonts clearer (only screen fonts used, of course).
- iA is actually working on a project that looks very similar to this, meaning: a) You are not allowed to copy this in any way, and b) we cannot show you the detail of the wiki interface just yet.
- No: Wiki doesn’t mean that users cannot do whatever they like, the wiki is a publishing tool for editors, first of all.
- No: Users will not need to use wikicode. Believe it or not: We found an elegant solution for that.
- Yes, users will be able to see the history of an article.
- We are going to post a flowchart on how a newspaper wiki works very soon.
- Before critizising (not enough ads, not enough stuff, too much like the paper, Oliver is an idiot, etc) please read this, or, if you’re in a hurry, this.