FROM ROCHESTER, NY, come these pages from the Diocesan newspaper. I’ll be presenting a design workshop for the Catholic Press Assn. in New Orleans in June. Perhaps Matt and I will have the opportunity to meet then!
FROM MATT: I have finally given in and decided to send you a few pages. These are from our monthly Spanish publication El Mensajero Católico.
The center spread I have included from last May was one of my favorites. The only thing I might have done differently is to move the photographer’s credit down.
The next is a typical cover and jump for the paper. I like to run big art whenever possible.
I would have liked to have had a few extra lines of type at the bottom of the page but that would have put to tight a crop on the photo and I think this worked out OK.
Looking at this, more time needs to be spent with our headlines (this last March issue could have been spaced better).
Let me know what you think.
FROM ED: I agree about the credit: too big, too bold and would have been better at the bottom right. Also, I found the bottom right photo the most interesting visually. Did you consider this for the lead photo? The photo at center top really doesn’t do much to draw my interest.
FROM ED: The huge (I should say HUGE!!!) numbers in the teasers are just too much. They call more attention to the page than the wording of the teasers. And the fact that all teasers are the same format/same size makes the package kinda dull. Really like the size of the lead photo; really don’t like the screen behind the story at the left.
FROM ED: Again, I think the photo credit is just too big, too bold. Small point, but it really bothers me: the text type misaligns by only one line under the photos on the facing pages. I’d have reworked the captions to make the caption on the left one line or the caption on the left two lines…yes!!!…just to get the text type to align across both pages. God is in the details.
OK…enough from this perch. How about the rest of you.Thoughts? Comments?