OUR REACH NOW EXTENDS to British Columbia! These pages come from Kamloops, about 200 miles northeast of Vancouver. And…if you don’t know where Vancouver is…where have you been the past couple of weeks?
Comments from Chris follow. Then his pages…with some notes from yrs. truly.
FROM CHRIS: I am editor of a thrice-weekly paper that last year downsized to twice a week. We have a very heavy online presence, so the workload remains, though with fewer people (a familiar lament in the industry).
Anyway, I am first and foremost an editor, though I lay out most news pages. I want to get better at layout and I know what I want in my mind. Replicating that image on the page, though, is difficult, particularly since I am not a graphic artist and do not know a heck of a lot about the ins and outs of working with Adobe programs (I still get hung up on cutouts of pics!).
These two pages were done a few years ago and I always thought they were clean and had impact. The funny thing is, I had no idea what I was going to do when I grabbed my reporter’s story and my photographer’s pics. It kind of just happened and, as I began, I felt the larger pics would work well. Any feedback is appreciated.
Love the blog,
FROM ED: I’d give these an A for the photos and for the way you used them. Very nicely done. But (there’s always a ‘but’)…the lead headline doesn’t work for me. Actually, it kinda reads “Preaching uglyism.” Using the one large “P” is the problem for me, probably because the shape of the P means “reaching” is close but “ugilism” is not. It’s just awkward and I don’t think it works. I’m not turned on the by the headline font, either, although others may find it OK. It feels too much like a fixed-width type face. Also: Let’s avoid the “vertical float” on the caption and pullout on the jump page. Readers really want elements to align with each other, and centering these elements vertically goes against that. I’d have brought them both down to align with the bottom edges of the photos. Last point: the pullout on the jump page would have worked better had it been set flush left, to align better with the right edge of the photo. This also would have pushed the white space to the outside of the page.
OK, so those are my thoughts. Now, let’s hear from others. What are your comments for Christopher, folks?