Let’s make one thing clear.
A readers does not make an impression on print or digital magazine, web or newspaper design by looking at the construction of the page, photography or any other element that are part of design.
Readers will make a judgment based on overall impression – they are not designers or editors, they don’t speak “your” language. Readers will create a feeling about your product, and if they feel you enough – you may get a regular customer.
Before redesign, create a focus group, listen what your readers like and don’t like about your web, magazine or newspaper. Implement their observations in your new design.
Readers are not interested in design theory.
Conclusion: Don’t create newspaper, magazine, web page for yourself and your colleagues, do it for your readers, listen to their remarks.