Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Broadcast News Design on Election Day

Comparing the usability of election news on major network TV ...

"My second job out of Design School was as a Broadcast Designer for the Fox News Channel located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. This was just over 10 years ago before the channel even launched. I was actually part of the design team that launched the brand new station. It was a pretty amazing experience, though I think it also prompted my move to Chicago as I was fairly burnt out after that action packed year. 24 hour Cable news is an intense environment—and looking at the election coverage, the intensity seems reflected in the broadcast design. Here's a high-level breakdown of some general observations:

Fox had lots of blinking, spinning and fading in and out going on in the lower third of the screen—over by the percentages. It took a while to get used to, and the slowly rotating logo didn't help. On a positve, the type was fairly large and easy to read."    (Continued via Logic+Emotion)    [Usability Resources]

Fox Election News - Usability, User Interface Design

Fox Election News


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