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?