spoof design by uppercaise
The work now going on to redesign the NST and the Berita Harian is being directed by Garcia Media, the newspaper design shop of Jose Mario Garcia. He’s the big cheese of the newspaper design racket, having fiddled with the Singapore Straits Times, the Wall Street Journal (and its Asian and European editions) and The Star.
Of these jobs, the Star redesign ended up in the desk drawers of Steven Tan, then managing director, and never emerged again, according to the company legend that floats around Section 16. The Star got Garcia on the cheap: he was doing the Singapore ST at the time and would fly up over the weekend to give directions for the design editor formerly known as Khoo Kay Peng (hired away from the NST) to implement.
This time, his work (or rather that of his Europe-based desgn director) will, all things being equal, see the light of day in Malaysia.