Eye Weekly is fourteen. What does fourteen look like? It doesn’t look like a gangly teen in flannels and black Cons, and it no longer wears black and yellow round the clock. It sports all new fonts, in the key of The Royal Tenenenbaums, and it’s full of new features. For a fourteen year-old, it’s surprisingly sophisticated.
As far as features, they’ve kept much of the good stuff (my apartment, a rip off of the Voice’s Shelter, that TOist has always loved), done away with old stuff that no one much liked, brought back faded goodies (the fashion spread, Party Pics), and introduced lots of weird little new things (like Liz Clayton’s P’s and Q’s, it looks like a recurring photo on manners). Q&A, a feature that is only excerpted in pull quotes in print, has expanded interviews online. Most of the old stalwarts are still around (Jason Anderson, Sasha, Denise Benson), but a few have left the building. The Eyeblog is nowhere to be seen. Oh, and it’s all colour all the time.
The redesign is credited to lady about town Tyler Clarke Burke, who Eye recruited to ‘help them dress right for the part.’ We think it looks pretty good. The illustration and photos are nice, and the mini-features (a restaurant blurby-thing called The Local, a local personality thing called meet) are welcome additions. The City page is a little hard to read (no lines, no empty spaces) but we’ll get used to it. But you, what do you think?