THIS IS ABSOLUTELY the best vocal rendition of our National Anthem. Houston sang this at the beginning of Super Bowl XXV in 1991, shortly after the beginning of the first Gulf War.
If you are possessed of an ounce of patriotism, this will send chills through you.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
SAM LUCERO, News and Information Manager of The Compass, sent along this recent front page. The Compass is the diocesan newspaper of Green Bay, WI.
I was delighted to see that The Compass had been awarded first place for General Excellence by the Catholic Press Assn.! I had worked with Sam to redesign The Compass.
“Wow!” I thought. “I must be pretty good! First, the Western Catholic Reporter…and now The Compass! I am one very-fine designer..!”
Sam brought me back down to earth this afternoon with the news that the papers submitted were before the redesign had been introduced.
“OK,” I said. “That just means that you’ll have to win it again next year!”
Redesign and awards notwithstanding, The Compass is a fine newspaper and I’m proud to have worked with Sam, who is also an excellent photographer.
Sam and I welcome your comments on this page.
E-MAIL FROM A READER says the type in my recent Henninger Helpful Hint is too small: “I needed a magnifying glass to read some of the type on your hints page. I may be old but I ain’t blind!”
Checking it from my end, I couldn’t see a problem.
How about you? Are those of you who see the hints having trouble with type size? Please go to the hint and let me know either way.
FROM GOLDTHWAITE, TX, comes this entry from Steven Bridges, Editor/Publisher of the Goldthwaite Eagle.
Steven offers these details:
“Wanting to go for a more modular design, we used rules and text wrapping to add a little zip to our usual front page. It rained on the day we planned to take a photo at the local swimming pool, so we used cartoon art instead. Everyone seemed to like the change.”
1. I would want to tweak the nameplate (especially the huge-and-very-yellow eagle!).
2. The cartoon makes the lead seem less newsy, less credible. A file foto from an area pool the previous year would have worked.
3. Let’s do away with tint blocks, like the one around the foto at bottom.
What thoughts do you have? Send a comment!
LAURI SHILLINGS, Design Dept. Supervisor at the Journal Review in Crawfordsville, IN, sends along this special page. Lauri wrote: “I’ll be brave.”
“I’m sending this cover of our Spring 4 page bridal section as an example of the various small special sections that we normally put out as a local newspaper.
“I have tried to create a headline that speaks not only of the obvious reference to weddings (I DO) but also to the content of the article (second hand stores).
“Staffing is at an all time premium here—so we have one or two local ‘anchor’ articles from our news staff, (featured on cover) the remainder of copy is comprised of ‘canned’ articles from editorial services that we receive.
“My background is as an advertising designer. As the economy tightens, we are forced to make new efficiencies in our business, and I’m creating special sections design for editorial—just as they are asked to contribute advertiser influenced articles to these sections.”
FROM ED: I like the headline thinking, though the difference between the two sizes is somewhat jarring. Might’ve worked better if the “want to save” had been a subhead. I also prefer to go for red anytime over magenta. Why the box around the top caption and foto and not the smaller foto/caption?
Your comments? What would you have done differently?
AMY O EARNS the honor of first-to-comment on the page posted by Larry See Jr. Her comment was thorough and thoughtful. A free pdf copy of 101 Henninger Helpful Hints hangs in the balance. Check Amy’s comment—and then see if you can do better for Larry. If you can, great. If not…well, Amy will be first to comment and first to win!
Let’s see more!