AS I MENTIONED in last week’s post, I was holding two of Michael Smith’s page submissions back, hedging in case there were no submissions this week. Glad I did, because there were no submissions this week.
Michael’s pages and his brief notes follow. I chime in with some comments.
This time, I used a giant penny instead of a giant basketball. I took one blogger’s advice to put editorial content/info boxes inside of giant art.
FROM ED: I like the big penny…well, with some reservations. First, it looks more like gold than copper. Second, that blotch growing out of Lincoln’s forehead (to the left of “Breaking news” is really distracting. So, would I “fix” the penny in Photoshop? In a moment—and without any qualms whatsoever. This is an illustration, not a “frozen moment” or a piece of historic photojournalism. It’s a penny—and I would do with it anything that makes it look more like a penny. So…puhleeeze…no “ohmigod” comments from you photojournalists.
One other thought: I’m a bit (only a bit) troubled by the “Part of a continuing series…” note to the top left of the penny. I’d have put it somewhere else with the sole purpose in mind of just leaving that space empty. Seems to me the package needs that just to breathe a bit—everything else is tightly wrapped around the penny.
All that said, I still think it’s a package with strong impact. Dunno how a reader could not want to dive right in!
This was our Jan. 7 sports section front. Whenever using two stories about the same subject, I try to use photos completely different from each other.
FROM ED: Not a big deal, but I prefer the smaller photo—only because it shows me a different angle. I feel like I’ve seen the photo at top a bajillion times. I do like the “Panthers tighten their grip” overline. Works nicely with the lead photo.
OK…enough from Ed. Now it’s your turn. Comments? Criticisms? Michael can take it!