My foot isn’t in the American Presidential election ring, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t piqued my interest. On countless occasions, I find myself too afraid to voice any opinion in fear of being blasted by one group, while still being appalled by the other half. This election has to be one of the most polarizing events I’ve witnessed in my young life.

But just because one doesn’t voice an opinion doesn’t mean there isn’t an immense amount of interest. Of which, I’ve tried to cure by subscribing to both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. I’m taking advantage of the free month both newspapers are offering to see which I value more and which provides more value.

Both are expensive. Both provide informed points of view. Both occupy a different end of the spectrum.

It’s been an interesting few weeks so far.

At a software level, if there’s one difference between the two iOS apps, it’s in the typography. The entire New York Times app looks beautiful, operates wonderfully, and provides a great user experience. The Journal’s typography is less elegant and the app has a few quirks which leave me shaking my head.

That New York Times typography comes to the forefront in this Times Interactive special. Although you can hardly read the small text pre-1916, the Times’ choice in typography has been superb from inception. 1852 to 2016, the New York Times has clearly been the best looking newspaper on the planet.

The other obvious commonality between 1852 and 2016: heavy pro-Democratic reporting.

Old habits die hard.

(Via Daring Fireball)