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A comprehensive design overhaul is underway at Hindustan Times, India’s second largest English daily. Renowned newspaper designer Mario R. Garcia, who has redesigned The Wall Street Journal and The Miami Herald, among others, is leading the efforts, according to sources at HT. Garcia designed Mint, HT Media’s business daily, which was launched in 2007.
The 85-year old daily last went under the design scalpel in 2004 under Micheal Keegan, known for his redesign of The Washington Post.
The redesign would cover all the sections, supplements and its popular Sunday magazine Brunch, and would likely be unveiled in stages over the next few months, our sources said.
Garcia has designed quite a few Indian publications, including The Week, Malayala Manorama, The Hindu, The Hindu Business Line, Sports Star, Mid Day and Sakaal Times.
In a crowded print market, Indian publishers are increasingly relying on good design to help a new product stand out on the newsstand and keep the impatient young reader from navigating away from printed pages. RPG Group’s upcoming magazine, Open, has been designed by New Delhi design firm Itu Chaudhury Design and TV18 group has engaged top American designers Walter Bernard and Milton Glacer to design Forbes magazine’s India edition.