The Paris Review Launches Redesigned and Expanded Web Site

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Tierra creates new Web site design, deploys a custom content management system, and integrates a new e-commerce platform for the preeminent magazine of contemporary literature.

The Paris Review also features the work of contemporary artists and photographers.

“It’s comfortable. The page is elegant and clean, there are no distractions. But it is also state of the art.”

The Paris Review, the preeminent magazine of contemporary literature, proudly announces the launch of its redesigned Web site, The launch coincides with the much-anticipated release of the Fall 2010 issue, helmed by the magazine’s new editor, Lorin Stein.

“We wanted to reflect the look and feel of the print magazine,” said Stein of the new site. “It’s comfortable. The page is elegant and clean, there are no distractions. But it is also state of the art.” Once a static reflection of the magazine’s quarterly contents, the Web site now features new and original content from the magazine and its blog, The Paris Review Daily, which was launched in June.

The redesign highlights the depth and strength of The Paris Review’s archives. Most notably, the magazine’s Interview series is now available online in full text. Readers can browse and search—for free—seven decades of conversations with fiction writers, poets, playwrights, memoirists, cartoonists, reporters, and more. The nearly two hundred back issues are also searchable by decade and year, and users can browse the complete archive by genre, accessing fiction, poetry, essays, art and photography, as well as audio files.

To achieve this new look, The Paris Review hired Tierra Innovation, a design and technology firm in New York City that creates Web sites, content management systems and applications for such clients as The New Yorker, The Poetry Foundation and WNET.ORG. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support such a venerable literary publication and help them update and expand their digital presence,” said Jamie Trowbridge, President of Tierra Innovation. Tierra created the new Web site design, deployed a custom content management system to streamline the publication of the magazine’s extensive content, and integrated a new e-commerce platform.

Aesthetically, the Web site was created to complement the magazine. The colors of the site’s headers and sidebars will change quarterly to match the colors of the latest issue. Founding editor William Pène du Bois’s lithograph of Paris, which he originally created in 1953, appears as a footer on the site (and clippings of the citadel and the rowboat appear by the masthead and blog).

This week, The Daily will be running short essays on translation by Lydia Davis, a contributor to the Fall issue whose new translation of Madame Bovary will be published on September 23. Also scheduled are Q & A’s with contributors April Ayers Lawson, Sam Lipsyte, and Tierra designer, Jennifer Over.

About The Paris Review
The Paris Review was founded by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953 with the aim of publishing good fiction and poetry. Since then, the Review has introduced the important writers of the day. Adrienne Rich was first published in its pages, as were Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Nadine Gordimer, Mona Simpson, Ha Jin, and Edward P. Jones. It remains the preeminent literary magazine in the English-speaking world.

About Tierra Innovation
Tierra Innovation ( is a leading strategy, design and technology firm that offers a full range of services designing and developing award-winning websites, content management systems and mobile apps. Clients include: CBS Corporation, The Council on Foreign Relations, The CW Network, Napster, The New Yorker, NFL Network, The Paris Review, The Poetry Foundation, Turner Sports Interactive, Warner Bros. and WNET.ORG (PBS), among others. Founded in 2002, Tierra Innovation is privately held and is based in New York City. Visit for more information.


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