I FIRST MET Michael Smith when he and I were working on a redesign project a few years ago. Michael has worked hard at his craft and his design and editing awards are a tribute to his skills.
Here are some pages Michael submitted recently, along with his notes.
“June 25, 2009 – On this date, the big challenges were that it was a fairly slow news week and initially there was lack of art. We did have the Grand Strand 250, a big USAR Pro Cup race which yielded plenty of great photos for an A1 centerpiece. Once we picked the right photos, the rest of the page fell into place.
“July 23, 2009 – On this week we had great stories, but most lacked good art. I designed my way out of this quandary by running a large cutout of Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson, who was rehabbing in Myrtle Beach. It became the A1 centerpiece.
“July 30, 2009 – I really wanted to run one giant penny for the tourism tax story, but the only penny cutouts we had were smaller, so I ran four pennies of equal size. I also began a trend of centering headlines like The State does. The fonts are elegant and I think it makes the page look more stately.”
What are your thoughts? Any feedback for Michael?
And while we’re at it, what’s your thinking on centered headlines?
How about all-caps headlines? Do they work? Are they too “loud”? Would you/do you use them at your paper? When? Why?