Fashion and interior design in recent years have deplored what is scathingly called “matchy-matchy,” resulting in clothing and rooms that look like the result of explosions in a textile mill.
This viewpoint seems to have driven the CDT’s format changes as well, but this time the explosion was in a digital type foundry. There always was a point to symmetry in fonts, typefaces and graphic design; namely, to aid readers in visually making sense of their newspapers. And yes, it’s possible to be modern without losing a readable format.
A few years ago I was involved in a project involving historic American newspapers, and on the first day of the CDT’s new format my initial thought was, “who died?” The huge black horizontal lines everywhere are exactly how newspapers of old dealt with the articles announcing the deaths of Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, etc. These mourning bars, in combination with the ugly, oversized bold italic headlines, make me wonder if our next subscription rate increase will be to cover the additional ink costs of the new format.
Looks to me as if longtime print readers have been thrown under the bus carrying those who snatch a few headlines on their smartphones, and don’t actually “read” the CDT at all. I’m certainly reading less and less, as the print edition is increasingly painful to wade through.
Kathleen Wunderly, Bellefonte