I RECENTLY FOUND THESE in a file long hidden away in my computer. They’re still as fun as they were when I put them there years ago. Perhaps some of these were intentional, written tongue in cheek. But most are groaners. Either way, they’re fun to read.
Include your children when baking cookies
Something went wrong in jet crash, expert says
Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers
Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted
Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case
Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents
Farmer Bill Dies in House
Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
Stud Tires Out
Prostitutes Appeal to Pope
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
Soviet Virgin Lands Short of Goal Again
British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands
Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms
Eye Drops off Shelf
Teacher Strikes Idle Kids
Reagan Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead
Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim
Shot Off Woman’s Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66
Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
Stolen Painting Found by Tree
Two Soviet Ships Collide, One Dies
Two Sisters Reunited after 18 Years in Checkout Counter
Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years
Never Withhold Herpes Infection from Loved One
Drunken Drivers Paid $1000 in `84
War Dims Hope for Peace
If Strike isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Enfields Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge
Deer Kill 17,000
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
Arson Suspect is Held in Massachusetts Fire
British Union Finds Dwarfs in Short Supply
Ban On Soliciting Dead in Trotwood
Lansing Residents Can Drop Off Trees
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
New Vaccine May Contain Rabies
Man Minus Ear Waives Hearing
Deaf College Opens Doors to Hearing
Air Head Fired
Steals Clock, Faces Time
Prosecutor Releases Probe into Undersheriff
Old School Pillars are Replaced by Alumni
Bank Drive-in Window Blocked by Board
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Some Pieces of Rock Hudson Sold at Auction
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JUST BACK IN MY OFFICE from two weeks with a client in upstate New York. Off soon to Baton Rouge…then to Peoria. So, busy and happy to be so! Still have some pages and other fun stuff to post here so please check back occasionally—I’ll get to it as I can.
DO WE EVER GET TIRED of seeing pages from Kristin Coker? I don’t think so! Kristin is a frequent contributor and her work is always worth a look. Here are a couple more of her pages, with notes following each.
“‘Navigating’ was an interesting tale of a culinary chef with local roots who has made a niche for herself at sea. She self-taught herself and received her culinary degrees online and now is one of the most sought after chefs in the Southeast. I loved the photo of the “Rebecca,” and used PhotoShop to foam out the bottom edges. Also, I wanted to tie the sea in with the cooking, so, I used the turquoise from the sea and the gold from the dishes. (Don’t you think it kind of looks like a beach?) I’m not too fond of the script in the main head but I didn’t have too much time to fiddle with it. Like it? Hate it?”
“I had a dilemma creating ‘Veggie Tales.’ I roughly had this page and half of another page to make this all work. The main Veggie story was approx. 53 inches with 10 pieces of art. Instead of using one large photo, I decided to combine several pieces of art into one graphic element. In the end I think it worked out nicely. In the end, you somehow just have to make it work. LOL.”
OK, you know Kristin’s no fragile flower. She can handle your feedback. So…go to it!
MICHELLE GREEN is the Editor at the Monadnock Shopper News in Keene, NH, and a newcomer here, so…welcome, Michelle!
Michelle offers this page for your comment. Her note follows.
I’ve been reading your blog for a while and enjoying everyone’s examples of pages. I’m also a little envious of the space they have to work with. It’s rare that I get a full page, or even half a page, to work with.
But once a year, we print our annual Yesterday and Today historical section. I get a full page to work with. And I have no idea what to do with it. We’ve kept it the same basic format for years but I’m eager to update its look. Some limitations: The pictures are historical, so they’re almost always black and white. Occasionally we print them in sepia tone just to be bold and daring (hah!). I’ve occasionally had process color to work with, but often I get just one spot color (I get to choose it, though). I’m betting you and your readers have some good, implementable ideas to make this look a whole lot better.
FROM ED: Seems to me you’re paying a bit more attention to the wrapping than the gift. The photos are the real gift here and should be played as large as possible—with one dominant. All the blue framing and snowflakes and swirls might have been fun to do but they add nothing to the page. As a matter of fact, they’re really a distraction. Remember: great design is the art of taking things away. Try this exercise: Do the same page over again—but this time without the frame and without the blue. I’ll bet you can improve on it.
Now…let’s see what others have to say!
MELANIE BYER HAS OFFERED pages for comment during the past few months. And here’s another.
Here’s Melanie’s page. Her note follows.
I’ve been getting in a rut doing 1A centerpieces with the typical square or rectangular box containing them on the page. So, for this centerpiece about used-oil recycling, I thought I’d do something different. I got the background image from Metro Creative Connection, and I think it worked well. The only thing I don’t like about the page is that the rules on each side of the centerpiece seem to be floating. I wasn’t sure what to do with those. Also, as a note, a color version of the top mug shot could not be found, and the ear ad had to stay in the top left corner. I like constructive criticism, but keep in mind that I’m 22 and that although I’m not so new to design, there are still things I know I can learn.
So, let’s give Melanie some feedback. And remember: keep it constructive. Thanks.
I’M A BIG MAC FAN. I think Apple makes incredible products that are really great. Some are remarkable. It’s a wonderful company that does a super job. It’s just awesome!
And if that doesn’t convince you, perhaps this video—from the most recent Apple Keynote in September—will do the job.
OK, perhaps it is a bit overstated. But I’m sure the same superlatives are part of similar presentations from Microsoft, Dell, IBM and all the other guys.
Oh. Yes…I’m still a big Mac fan.
MICHAEL SMITH is one of our “frequent flyers,” and it’s always a delight to see his pages. I’ve held these for a few weeks to let others get a shot at our time but here are Michael’s most recent contributions.
A quick note from Michael is placed beneath each page.
A great designer I know at The State (Columbia) said during weeks you don’t have great photos, then “it’s time to design.” My solution was to design a large graphic that illustrated the story. The graphic is one big PDF file.
Every now and then I’m lucky enough to get an open section front. On this week, I got my open section front on a big sports week – the state track meet. I took full advantage with large photos and large headlines.
So…what are your thoughts? Does Michael have a couple more super pages here? Is there something you ‘d have done differently?