USA Today changes print typeface after readers complain about new design

USA Today tweaked its print redesign, Editor-in-Chief David Callaway told readers in a front page note Monday. "We've darkened and enlarged the typeface throughout the paper," Callaway writes. The weather map gets more color, and the crossword is back where it was.

Callaway's note to readers

When USA Today redesigned its print paper in September, it went from a font called Gulliver to one called Chronicle Grade 1 for body copy. "It is the same size as the previous font, Gulliver, but is less condensed and a lighter-weight font with more contrast, providing enhanced legibility," the organization announced at the time.

The redesigned uses a sans-serif face for body copy.

USA Today may be hearing from readers on another point Monday: Callaway's note includes a typo: "We take critique from our loyal readers seriously and want you to know we're listening."

The paper's front page in full, courtesy of the Newseum (click above to view larger image).
  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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