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Old 02-09-2007, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default Edmund Arnold, newspaper design guru

If you ever read a newspaper with pleasure and ease, you owe a debt to Edmund Arnold, who redesigned many papers making them more attractive and easier to read. We owe to him the near-standard 6-column array (now, sadly, in its death throes), so that each line averaged 1.5 times the width of the 9-point Times Roman alphabet — which is considered to be most readable.

He wrote many books — and his Modern Newspaper Design (1969) is still useful reading for any designer (not only those who specialize in newspapers.

He died February 2, 2007, in Roanoke, Virginia. He was 93. The New York Sun has a nice obituary about him.

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