I HAD THE PLEASURE of working with Sam Lucero last year as we redesigned The Compass, the newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Sam has submitted the page below, with the quick note: “I’m sending a page for critique. It’s a cover page to a special issue we published in February.” I’ve placed some brief comments below the page.
FROM ED: I assume we’re trying to illustrate here that the church is three equally important things: ritual, community and education. And that’s OK. But I still want to see one dominant photo here (I vote for the Mass pic). Also, I would have considered moving the edges of the tan box in a bit so the edges of the photos (perhaps not the text) could have gone past the edges of the box, giving a greater sense of depth to the package. One last point: Did you consider feathering the edges of the tan box? Sometimes that can deliver greater visual impact to a package.
How about the rest of you? Your thoughts? Comments? Criticisms?