I’VE VISITED RECENTLY with the desk editors at The Item in Sumter, SC. One of them, Melanie Byer, offers this page for your comment.
Says Melanie: “I did this page…for the opening ceremony of the 2009 Dixie Girls Softball World Series in Sumter. It’s a pretty big deal around here because 5,000 people came to town from many states in the Southeast. Kimi [Timmers, another editor at The Item] and I actually collaborated on this, so I don’t deserve all the credit! I think we came up with a pretty good idea, and I also think the story was deserving of the entire section above the fold. I figured people coming to town for the World Series would see it on the racks and pick it up.”
Do the varying color tones behind the text make this difficult to read? Is it work the risk? What are your thoughts?
A second submission from Melanie, who says: “Here’s another, for kicks and giggles. The ad at the top was unavoidable, and I was asked to create two rather large tease boxes for those special sections. Originally I thought the page would be mightily dull, but I think it turned out all right (at least better than I was hoping for when I started it).
Again, is the type over a screen a good idea? In limited use like this, is it OK? Would you do it?