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!