This section presents an example of a genre analysis for information design and interaction desgin of online newspaper design from 2004. In this example, the genre analysis was used as a basis for deriving design recommendations, of "best practice", of design precedents. These recommendations thus do not take more recent developments into account.
Taking a genre perspective on design, eight design recommendations for online newspapers have been proposed based on an empirical study. These recommendations are based on features that mediate a specific purpose and use between publisher and audience, which we describe as genre rules in terms of purpose, form, and positioning. They are also based on genre change regarding design, and the heritage from print regarding form and shared content elements.
The recommendations are published in: Ihlström, C. & Lundberg, J. (2004): A Genre Perspective on Online Newspaper Front Page Design. In Journal of Web Engineering, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 50-74.