AS WE SHOWED HERE LAST WEEK, Michael Smith is an award-winning editor and designer. Still, even Michael has his questions/concerns when it comes to photo pages. His quick note follows, then the pages. I offer a comment or few on each.
FROM MICHAEL: One area I would really like some guidance is on improving my photo page design. I’ve submitted two for everyone to comment on. The one about the humane society is how I used to design them. Lately, I’ve experimented with white space since those seem to be the kinds of photo pages that win awards for their design. This is what I did with the Ultimate Fighting photo page.
FROM ED: I like the page—a lot. I’m thinking the third photo down on the right (two guys grappling on the mat) is the best of the bunch. I’d have used it as the lead photo. Otherwise, good use of negative space and I like the placement of the captions.
FROM ED: I think the photo in the bottom left—or the bottom right—may be the better photo to lead with. Instead of centering “CAROLINA IN COMMAND,” I’d have set it flush left.
FROM ED: The run photo (second down on right) is the best on the page. Ditto on the headline here—go flush left. Page needs more negative space throughout—looks like you’re trying to go edge-to-edge with photos and that makes the page less inviting.
FROM ED: Bottom right photo is the best on the page. I’d have ditched the shot of the cop directing traffic. Captions on some of these seem a tad long.
FROM ED: Not a tad of negative space on the page but that makes it clear that you’re working on that part of it. I like the head treatment. If the large lead photo didn’t win some awards, well…it certainly should have!
How about the rest of you? Comments? Ideas?