Pages from: Kristin Coker | The Times and Democrat

KRISTIN COKER IS A WINNER! And not just here. Her work has been recognized by the South Carolina Press Assn. and others. Deservedly so!


This year was a great year for our newspaper. We had an overall of 30 award winners in our division. I had seven of those awards.

| First and third place for Page Design, with the third place going to “We Will Not Forget,” the July 4, 2009, commemorative poster recognizing those locally who have died in the war on terrorism.

| First place for Sports Page Design, which featured the S.C. State Bulldogs.

| Second place for Feature Page Design. One of three pages featured an Appalachian Trail Trip.

| Second place for Informational Graphics Portfolio in a competition among all S.C. newspapers. One graphic submitted was a political poll that polled how Americans felt on certain issues.

| Second place in Photo Illustration among small and midsize dailies for “Back in the Outback,” a poster celebrating the University of South Carolina’s football bowl game in January 2009.

| Third place in Page One Design. (Of note, I also earned an honorable mention from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association for the same pages submitted.)

Great work by all competitors; I was very humbled to be recognized so abundantly. Also, congratulations to all S.C. winners. Especially in a difficult time for the economy and newspapers in general.

Here’s a grouping of Kristin’s pages:



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7 responses to “Pages from: Kristin Coker | The Times and Democrat

  1. Marc Stumbo

    Congratulations, Kristin. Your work is intelligent and consistent … and just plain good design. You are very deserving of this recognition.

  2. Outstanding body of work!!! You deserve it!

  3. Donna Price

    Wow, Kristen! I love your work! You rock!

  4. I especially love the sports page at the top right. Having the player shouldering aside the unrelated story to the right gives a subconscious impression of size beyond what you would expect.

  5. Matt Saxon

    Nice work!

  6. Nice job Kristen. Well-deserved awards. Thank you for taking time to share these pages. May I ask how much turn-around time you have – how many hours of work go into a typical page like shown? We tend to work within a 2 hr. time frame total for front page items…
    Thank you!

    • Karla, thanks for the accolades. To answer your question; I typically do about 3 to 8 pages a day. It depends on the day actually. Fridays are tougher because I’m working on weekend pages too, but during the week its less. On fronts, I usually spend about 1-2 hours on the design. Sometimes, If you already know what is coming in the week, you can plan ahead. Most of the pages submitted above probaly were mostly one hour designs though.

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