The Macon (Mo.) Chronicle-Herald, a small GateHouse daily about an hour west of Mark Twain's Hannibal, Mo., underwent a transformation with the recent launch of its redesign. Here's a little about the community from Terry Hackett, editor:
"Macon County has a population of over 10,000 people. Macon, the county seat, is the largest town with a population of around 5,600. Farming is the number one manufacturing business in the county. Macon is unique because of the innovative people in the community that are constantly creating ways to draw visitors to the area. If a family loses their home and belongings to a fire, or a neighbor is diagnosed with cancer the community will immediately pull together to lesson the burden."
The redesign included a new set of fonts, a handful of templates and a style guide to ensure consistency.
There's always some mental preparation when tackling a redesign, "I suggest taking a lot of notes. Breathe deeply, and do the best you can," Hackett said.
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