PLEASE EXCUSE THE SHOUTING in the headline. I just want to be sure you know I haven’t deserted you.
And, yes, during the past few days I have sometimes felt like the character in the Edvard Munch painting “The Scream.”
My work upgrading to a new MacPro and to Snow Leopard on both the MacPro and laptop has created interesting moments. Like a high-stakes poker game: Hours of boredom puncuated by moments of sheer terror.
It hasn’t all been fun and it has taken my attention away from this blog. For that, many apologies. But I am storing away some interesting pages and other goodies. I r-e-a-l-l-y hope to be able to do some updating by midweek. So please check back then. Thanks for your understanding.
IT SEEMS SO OBVIOUS…but sometimes I’m a master at not seeing the obvious.
I received a comment last night from Lyle Davis, editor and publisher of The Paper in San Marcos/Escondido, CA. I give Lyle an A+ for his resourcefulness.
With all my attempts at taking the blog national, I had not placed my e-mail address in the notices!
So, for the record, here’s how you can submit pages (or send me a nasty note!): Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send the pages as pdf files. Please send two-three sentences of information on the design concept and exeution. If I need more, I’ll contact you.
When I have a bit more time, I’ll set up another page on this blog with all kinds of “how-to-reach-me” information.
FOR MONTHS, this blog has been a comfortable little secret. But no longer. Word is going out to newspaper leaders, editors, designers and press associations.
My hope is that this will build readership—and more help for the designers and editors at community newspapers across the US and Canada.
The more readers we get, the greater the number of contributors and the more comments. If this is going to grow into a community where we can all learn from each other, having more contributors is certainly a benefit.
Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to this point.
Now, we’ll just see how much readership we get. I’ll keep you posted!
HERE’S A PAGE I USE during design presentations. It’s something I ran into a few years ago and it really works! Read through it and you’ll see. It’s fun—but knowing it does not absolve us from the responsibility of getting the spelling right in everything we publish!
KRISTIN COKER WAS IN TOUCH by e-mail recently, agonizing about the design of her front page for a September 11 section. Kristin had designed two similar pages but couldn’t seem to get a consensus from folks at the Times and Democrat. Some like one front, others liked the other.
Krsitin had even e-mailed me, asking me to break the tie.
The saga continued for a couple more days but eventually, the decision was made.
FROM KRISTIN: “We Will Not Forget is a series that our paper does to remember those fallen soldiers who gave their all and those who still do. For our 9/11 edition I used a stock cloud photo (that I had to Photoshop a few more clouds into) as a background. I added the Statue of Liberty as well. She looks as if she’s shining through the clouds. In front are two representations of the twin towers. I was trying to go for subtle and reflective. What do you think?”
FROM ED: I like it a lot. I think it is subtle. And it’s quiet. And it’s respectful.
One point I’d like to add: Though it’s always a good idea to get input from others on your designs, sooner or later ya gotta go with your gut. And, as I reminded Kristin: A camel is a horse…designed by committee.
What’s your reaction to Kristin’s front? Like it? Don’t like it? Why? What other approaches would you suggest?
The Tiffany box.
FAST COMPANY MAGAZINE’S web site carries this fascinating slideshow that briefly describes “The Secret Design History of 12 Famous Brands.”
The FedEx logo.
The Campbell’s Soup can.
The Playboy cover.
The blue Tiffany box.
The Coca-Cola logo.
The Toblerone box.
No, it’s not news design. But it’s fun to look at . Think of it as eye candy.
HERE ARE TWO MORE pages from Michael Smith, a steady contributor here.
At our publication, it’s hard to do anything with non A-1 section fronts given the bottom half of the page goes to advertising. Usually, when I have good content, I run the photo big and put the story on the photo if the photo allows. Here, the photo also allowed a secondary photo to be added.
Lately, I’ve been centering my headlines to add white space. It also adds a feature flair to a straight news page.
FROM ED: I like the top page, Michael, and I’m not against running type in the sky (or other open space), as long as it doesn’t do damage to the photo. In this case, I think the overlay works well.
Your comment on the second page that “Lately, I’ve been centering my headlines…” concerns me in one respect. It’s an indication that you may decide at another time to go back to flush left headlines. So…the possible lack of consistency is a worry. If you’re going to center headlines, then go to that as a style—and follow it through on all pages. With the exception of an occasional feature, your headlines should follow a set style (either flush left or centered) so readers can find comfort in that sameness.
You may have seen (and voted in?) the poll on all-caps headlines. If not, check it out in an earlier post.
I’d be interested in seeing your response to these comments, Michael. And others…what do you have to say?