Lauren Rabaino


Tools of the day: Markup.io and Connect a Sketch

As someone who has worked in product management, I’m always on the prowl for any tools that can make the process of planning a web project easier.  These two tools […]

Five free tools for finding design inspiration

Whether you’re working on a personal project or a package for your news organization, there will be times when you simply hit a wall and have a hard time moving […]

News design trends in Google’s Chrome apps

As a proud recent pilot tester for the Google Chrome Notebook, I’ve switched over to the device as my primary laptop and have thus been consuming more and more news […]

What 10,000 Words is thankful for this year

1. Blackbird Pie Twitter made it easier than ever to embed tweets in blog posts this year, thanks to the introduction of Blackbird Pie. Blackbird Pie is simple: In goes […]

Four major sins of news design

by Lauren M. Rabaino Let’s be honest: In general, news site design isn’t pretty. I know I’m not the first or last to say it, but I do have a […]

Six must-have WordPress plugins for newsrooms

by Lauren M. Rabaino Last year, the Online Journalism Blog brought you 85 plugins for blogging journalists. I’ve narrowed my own selection down to six plugins, not necessarily for individual […]

What you missed: Top three design highlights from #ONA10 in D.C.

From Thursday through Sunday, about 900 journalists from throughout the United States and abroad joined in D.C. for our annual explosion of online news geekery, otherwise known as the Online […]

Five ways journalists can use QR Codes

by Lauren M. Rabaino Today there has been a lot of buzz on Twitter about Amy Webb’s Ultimate QR Code Game that will be ongoing during the Online News Association […]

Applying multimedia skills to non-multimedia jobs

by Lauren M. Rabaino Even if you’re not a full-time journalist in the trenches, being able to use multimedia to tell a story is a vital and powerful skill. Those […]

Kinetic typography as a storytelling technique

by Lauren M. Rabaino You’ve seen the technique before. On TV commercials, on viral music videos, as user-created fan art — words swooping into the screen with flashy graphics while […]