Following on from our print relaunch in June, CR launched a new website this month (which you will know because, well, you’re looking at it!). The site makes a lot of previously unavailable content available for the first time online and brings our web presence in line with the magazine.
The homepage has a very flexible, modular design, allowing us to switch between having one big lead feature story with full-width imagery, to a smaller lead feature, to carousels of multiple, smaller stories depending on what we ned that day and what users respond to.
There are separate sections for our main themes and the subjects we cover: so, if you are mainly interested in Graphic Design, there’s a page just for you that brings together news, analysis and a wealth of archive material from the magazine. And the themed approach we have been taking on the magazine is replicated online with collections of content around areas such as Health, Music and the Olympics.
For the first time, all the content by our regular columnists – such as Daniel Benneworth-Gray and Paul Belford, as well as regular writers such as Rick Poynor and CR staff – is available via dedicated author pages.
We have also made a huge amount of content from the print magazine available. At present, this dates back ten years but we will be adding further content in due course.
And we have brought back the ability for people to submit their work direct to CR via the website. All you have to do is register at our Work section and you can send projects direct to us.
As with our magazine, the site principally uses the Schear Grotesk display face created for us by Robert Holmkvist of Essen International alongside Portrait and Marr from Commercial Type. It was designed in-house by Oliver Powell and CR art director Paul Pensom. Icon designs were by Stephen Petch. Development work was by Interconnect IT in Liverpool, based on the WordPress platform.
There’s still much to tweak and tidy up. Comments will be coming back soon and we will shortly have a redesigned newsletter in place. But we hope you are enjoying the site so far – judging from the avalanche of hilarious Gifs on our launch day it seems so!