Monthly Archives: November 2009

Another update: You’re gonna like this!

I’VE HEARD FROM some readers that they’d like to be able to see submitted pages in greater detail.
UPDATE LOGO FOR BLOGThe latest comment on this came a couple of weeks ago (I’ve been busy, OK???!!!) from Joel Martin, Webmaster and Special Sections Editor at the Columbia Basin Herald. Joel wrote: “Ed, here’s a thought. Can you upload pictures at a larger size and then scale them down for the blog post? Blogger does graphics that way, with a link in the picture so you can embiggen it. I’d be surprised if WordPress couldn’t do the same. That way we can get a closer look at the details.”

OK…you got it!

Future pages will have a link (all ya gotta do is click on the page) to a larger image so you can see all the good stuff in detail.

That is…unless I forget.

Try it out here, with this mockup of a page I recently created for a client.



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An update from Ed

UPDATE LOGO FOR BLOGAS ALWAYS, I need your help to keep this blog going. No pages…no comments…no blog.

To this point, we’ve been pretty lucky: just when it seems there won’t be any pages on a given week, someone offers a submission. So we’re making it happen, but just…

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Then Christmas. Then New Year’s Day. Then SuperBowl.

So here’s an idea: Send me your special section fronts (or spreads), your front pages, your holiday features fronts, your Sports pages for SuperBowl (and the day after!). If only a half-dozen of you send pages—and get your designers and editors to join in—we’ll have lots of submissions.

Scrambling for pages is something I just never thought I’d have to do. This is just taking longer to catch on than I thought. So gather up those pages soon and send them this way.

And please spread the word! This blog is for you and your colleagues. The more submissions, the more readers, the more comments…the better.

This blog can become an important tool for news designers and editors—but only if we have more designers and editors join in the fun.

Send your pages to:


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Just for fun: It started as a newspaper photo


IT WAS JUST A PHOTO in a newspaper—but it became the inspiration for Jarbas Agnelli to create music, using the birds as notes.

I’ve heard that this has been done before. That’s OK. It’s here for you to enjoy. To see the video and read more about it, click here.


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October winner: Mark Esper


ONE OF THE FUN THINGS about this blog is that I get to make my own rules—and then go right ahead and break them when I think it works.

You’ll recall that I’ve set a goal of a monthly award of a pdf of one of my books for the best page and the best comments of the month. I still intend to do that. But for October, I’m bending the rules a bit: I’ve already sent off pdf copies of both of my books, Henninger on Design and 101 Henninger Helpful Hints, to Mark Esper, editor of the Silverton Standard and the Miner.

If you don’t know who Mark Esper is, check out his story just a couple of posts down from here.

It’s my way of helping Mark to succeed in his efforts to keep the Silverton Standard and the Miner chuggin’ along.

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