UPDATE: Since the original posting of this page, Will has sent the photo as it was given to him. Here it is:
DESIGN IS OFTEN THE ACT of getting something less and making it something more. Will Franklin proves the point. His note is below.
“The all-area football photo was shot three days before it was supposed to run. Now, I was told the shot would be taken in the studio with the guys grouped together with a football, etc. That was fine. Figured I’d cut it out, maybe throw some holiday stuff in the background (it does run on Christmas day) and be done with it.
However, somewhere along the line, signals were crossed and the editor and photographer decided to move the guys outside … with all six of them standing in a row with the sun shining down on them. Now, there are two things you need to understand: 1) This was supposed to take up the entire front page and, 2) It was supposed to be shot inside. So not only do I have a completely horizontal picture, but it would be impossible to cut out the photo and put anything behind them because the sun is shining down on them.
Long story short, it dawned on me that all of our players were juniors, so I chopped out the overpass and cars passing behind them, created a nice, large (and long) Photoshop backdrop with clouds and went with “The sky’s the limit.”
It’s not perfect or ideal, but it’s one of those thing where you have to live with what you have and make it work in a very short period of time.
An email from the big boss:
‘Nice save on the Christmas Day sports front with the all-area football team. The photo was, shall we say, not all that special. But you created a design that probably caused readers to think we planned it that way all along.’
So, even though it wasn’t planned out the way I had hoped for, feedback is always welcome and encouraged.”
FROM ED: I think this is a good job. You took a bad photo and created a page with focus and impact. I like it.
How about the rest of you? Comments?