This week, the Orange County Register will turn its twice-a-week newspaper for Irvine into a daily newspaper. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to show how the Irvine World News has looked through the years.
The Irvine World News debuted in January of 1970 as a monthly newspaper. It was owned by the Irvine Company. It looked like this:
In 2000, the Orange County Register purchased the Irvine World News from the Irvine Company. By June of 2002, the newspaper looked like this:
Here’s a look at the Irvine Worlds News as a broadsheet, circa June, 2004:
In 2008, the Irvine World News was converted to the tab style of the Register’s little brother, the OC Post:
Until November of 2012, our Irvine paper basically looked like this:
… which was basically the same way all of the Register’s weekly papers looked:
At the end of the 2012, we began redesigning each of our community newspapers as broadsheets.
This redesign wasn’t just cosmetic. Not only were we going to almost quadruple the amount of content in our weekly papers, we were going to approach our storytelling very differently.
The Irvine World News was at the center of these philosophical changes.
We tell stories using more than just 28-inches of text and a photo. We use graphics, timelines, Q&As, by-the-numbers, pros & cons, lots of lists and a healthy dose of serendipity. We also have a soft spot for huge photos and eye-catching illustrations.
More than anything, we always keep our readers front and center.
Here are several examples from the last half year or so of the Irvine World News:
The inside pages of the revamped Irvine Worlds News also took these sorts of cues. Here are some examples of our opinion/voices pages and school pages, which definitely show how much respect and design love we give our reader-contributed content:
The Irvine World News goes daily on Monday, July, 22, 2013. Here’s a link to the press release about the Register’s newest daily community newspaper:
Here’s a look at the first front page of our new daily newspaper for Irvine:
After the first issue was published on Monday, I wrote the following blog entry about it, which shows what every page in that newspaper looked like: