Designer Andy Rutledge says that news design online is broken in this article — one well worth reading for its screenshot-by-screenshot dissection of existing news websites alone.
“In an effort to disguise and mitigate the fact that they have little idea how to publish digital content properly—often sneakily called “differentiation”—some news outlets release apps for digital devices. These apps typically (but not always) do a better job of presenting content and facilitating navigation, but they’re a band aid on a festering abdominal wound. Digital media is simply digital media; if you do it right you publish once and it works anywhere. If you’re using an app to deliver content, you’re doing it wrong.”
But there’s something more interesting in Andy’s piece, and that’s a re-designed New York Times, including frontpage, section and article layouts. Here’s a taste — you can click through for more: