Monday, December 15, 2008
Well, it seems like the "new year, new look" concept came early for CNN with today's debut of a new graphic design. Much less cluttered -- the network and program logos are now combined in the lower right of the image, while the lower left contains information about the report (or the reporter, as above).
But the biggest change is... no more ticker! In a look far more similar to what is used on International, at the bottom of the screen there is now white space with black print (or vice versa) that presents a complete phrase at a time. On some programs, there is also a clock there as well.
I've never been a huge fan of the ticker, so I like the new look. I do think they can speed up the timing of the info on that line -- American viewers are accustomed to reading closed captioning and absorb the writing much more quickly than these are displaying. (If you've ever wondered -- and I'm quite sure you have not -- there are studies done periodically to get an idea of how fast those captions can display and be understood by the viewers.)
Oh, and it looks great on HD, too.
Here's a clip from this morning -- Michael Ware on yesterday's shoe-throwing incident:
Here are some other recent International clips from Michael on various issues...
BackStory from 12/11 -- the suicide bombing in Kirkuk:
World News on 12/13 -- SecDef Gates visits Iraq: