HERE’S SOMEONE who needs our help…now!
Scott Hunter is Editor and Publisher at the Star and NorthStar in Grand Coulee, WA.
Here’s the cover Scott is working on. His note follows.
Here’s a cover work-in-progress that I’m not terribly happy with. Comments from the community would be very welcome.
NorthStar is a new quarterly publication covering the residents of the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington state. This will be the second issue. The photo is of the veterans who attended a Veteran’s Day service at a memorial sculpture in front of tribal headquarters. I intend to ID those in the photo inside the publication.
The graphical elements at right referring to stories inside worked well on the first cover, but seem out of place here. I’m thinking of centering them on the page. (The content of those is old, from last issue.)
Thanks for this useful blog. I enjoy it and marvel at some of the creative work posted.
FROM ED: I think you’re on the right path with your idea of centering the inside refers. There’s a lot of sky you can use here to do just that. I’d also like to see a headline that gives me a sense of what the photo is all about. One more suggestion: I’d redesign the “News and Views…” underline so it’s all-caps sans serif in white. Drop the shadow. The underline is just too busy now. Also, stretch it with some extra spacing if needed so it goes completely under the nameplate, from the “N” to the “r”. I think that will give you a cleaner look.
Thoughts from the rest of you? Let’s give Scott some other ideas—and soon!
AS 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM EMILY KILLIAN comes a package of two pages recently published in The Shelby Star.
“One of our reporters put together an extensive look into the circumstances surrounding a young habitual runaway who was recently found dead. She poured a lot of work into the project, so we wanted to make the presentation special.
The only elements we had to work with originally were a terrible mug of her and a photo of a cross our photographer took while at the place where her body was found. We knew that we wanted it to be a one-story front with the story continued inside. The goal was to keep the look relatively consistent between the front page and the inside page.”
The front page is above. The jump follows.
FROM ED: An old newsguy like me just has to ask if a one-story front is the way to go—unless it’s a story of maximum importance to the majority of your readers. Makes me wonder if this is just overdone. I understand that you wanted to give it special play because of the reporter’s special effort—but is that the right reason for doing this? Seems to me that thinking puts the reporter first…and readers second.
Let’s see what others say.
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.
SOME OF THE BEST pages on this blog come from Kristin Coker. As always, Kristin is looking for your feedback.
“I decided to send along my latest We Will Not Forget poster.
As you may remember, the poster remembers those who fought and died for our freedom and those who still carry on the fight. I used a combination of the American flag with a photo of soldiers as a background. Then I made a silhouette of a soldier saluting (to make it ambiguous). We also have a poem written by a local veteran displayed with the photos of our local soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were saddened to add yet another local casualty to our poster for Veterans Day. Demetrius Void killed on September 15 is remembered here.
I had a few people bothered with the soldiers in the background, does anyone else have any criticism? Thanks.”
How about it folks? Comments? Criticisms?
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.