5 responses to “Pages from: Marah Pahl | Kanabec County Times

  1. Bob

    Hi Marah:

    I agree (as usual) with all of Ed’s comments and add the following:

    1. There is no need for the black line under the folio: one design element as separator is enough. Also, are you sure you want to use red — the most powerful visual magnet — on a folio line?

    2. I do like the right-hand rail with pics of all the winners.

    3. I think the initial cap should be the same typeface as the hed, not the body type.

    4. On the second front, I found I tired of your headline typeface quickly. I think it looks a little dated. I would pick a better typeface and then vary the weights a bit.

    5. The drop hed with the wrestlers story is way too long.

    6. The modular layout is good, though the heds are a bit too similar in size and weight.

    Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  2. David Merrill

    Like the others, I liked the first page, and I can’t imagine what caused that notch in the type beside the leg. Also like the others, I think your headline type looks outdated on the second page.

    It’s funny how different people see different things. When I looked at the second page, the largest photo was of a woman apparently strangling a nurse. I immediately looked for the story that went with this dramatic physical encounter, but what drew my eye was “Sell out crowd enjoys night of dinner theatre”, which was OUTSIDE the box that contained the photo. I suppose I should have understood what that meant about the photo, but it took me a few more moments to realize that this was a photo of actors, not an actual patient expressing anger at a nurse. Had the photos below the headline included a stage or other shots of actors (rather than just people sitting in chairs), or had this central photo included a little more of its own context or been bound more closely with the headline, I might have deduced what appears to have been obvious to everyone else.

  3. Any suggestions on what we could do with our nameplate.. sans cartoons. Thanks

  4. Well, if we rid ourselves of the cartoon, then the possibilities are pretty wide open. You could use the space to the side of the nameplate for teasers. Or, you could string out the nameplate to read “Kanabec County Times” in a condensed or compressed type face. You can go all caps, small caps or U&lc. A suggestion (if your publisher will buy it): Do a half-dozen options there and then share them with us. If you want some ideas from me, we can talk about fee and timing and the like.

  5. I commented on the rework of this masthead before I saw the original. From the description of the logo in the upper left corner I though I was going to see Charlie Brown or Dagwood in the corner. The “cartoon” looks like it could have local significance and thus make a strong tie to the community.
    I didn’t find the headlines that dated or tiring, but I agree the weights (and widths) could be varied more.
    I do agree with the following:
    1. There is no need for the black line under the folio: one design element as separator is enough. Also, are you sure you want to use red — the most powerful visual magnet — on a folio line?

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