© 2019 Simon Sun

The Harvard Crimson

From 2015 to my senior year of college in 2019, I was heavily involved in our student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. Over the years, I’ve held multiple positions across two boards. 

 

On Technology, I was a software engineer working on both frontend and backend projects for our Django-based website. Over the summer of 2017, I stayed on campus to work specifically on bugfixing the recent homepage redesign and repairing the online advertising system that had cost us thousands in revenue. 

On Design, I held positions including daily designer, web designer, and comp director before being elected to Design Chair at the end of 2017, a position I held until the 145th guard turned over leadership of the organization to the 146th guard in 2019. As Chair, I led and managed all operations of the Design Board, including news, magazine, arts, illustration, and web design divisions. A selection of my work is displayed in the slideshow.

Some major projects I worked on can be found below. 

Print Redesign (2018)

Print Redesign (2018)

Coming into my tenure as Design Chair, one of my goals for the year was to create a style guide for our daily paper, which had gone without a formal guide since the most recent redesign in 2015. After discussions among myself, my co-Chair, the President, and the Managing Editor, we ultimately decided to launch a full redesign in addition to writing a comprehensive style guide. Over the next 4 months, my co-Chair and I led our small team of designers as we evaluated every aspect of our current design, asked for input and feedback from each of the content boards, and sought out where problems arose and brainstormed solutions. By the end of our process, we had created numerous new mockup layouts, new assets and libraries to use, and a 91-page style guide detailing our publishing strategies, design standards, and other principles.

Coming into my tenure as Design Chair, one of my goals for the year was to create a style guide for our daily paper, which had gone without a formal guide since the most recent redesign in 2015. After discussions among myself, my co-Chair, the President, and the Managing Editor, we ultimately decided to launch a full redesign in addition to writing a comprehensive style guide. Over the next 4 months, my co-Chair and I led our small team of designers as we evaluated every aspect of our current design, asked for input and feedback from each of the content boards, and sought out where problems arose and brainstormed solutions. By the end of our process, we had created numerous new mockup layouts, new assets and libraries to use, and a 91-page style guide detailing our publishing strategies, design standards, and other principles.

Website Redesign (2017-2018)

As a web designer, I was lucky enough to be on board while the Chairs at that time were redesigning the homepage of the website. As someone on both the Design and Technology boards, I worked both on the initial mockups as well as the implementation of it. That summer, I stayed on campus to, among other projects, follow up on the initial launch of the redesign and working out kinks with the code, including responsivity bugs and formatting inconsistencies. 

Upon stepping into the Chair position myself, I worked with our new Web Design Exec to launch a redesign of the remainder of the website, beginning with the various content landing pages. We also adopted Figma as our wireframing software. Through consulting with the content board Chairs, listing problems and solutions, as well as training designers in Figma and reworked our onboarding curriculum, by the end of my tenure we had created several designs ready to pass to Technology for implementation.