SHE’S AT IT AGAIN. Kristin Coker offers a page that’s worth more than a look. Her note follows, then her offering. If I were you, I’d grab another cup of java, sit very still and just let your eyes drink in the page as you sip your brew.
FROM KRISTIN: Wanted to share with you a page I designed for Easter. We had a local story with an interview with the actual photographer, Barrie Schwortz, who photographed the Shroud of Turin when it was tested to be authentic in 1978. It was a great story and I wanted the design to be . . . elegant yet mysterious.
I designed the background in PhotoShop first; I wanted it to look like a shroud that looked weathered and stained. Then I took two of the photos that we purchased from Schwortz and played around with them to see what I liked better. I knew I was going to use the X-ray picture as the dominant art (because it was actually better larger than the other), but I kept going back and forth on if I was going to overlay it with the shroud or keep it in forefront. If I put the image underneath the shroud it would have had some of the coloring from the shroud itself instead of it being a black and white photo on top of the shroud. In the end, my editor and I chose to keep it on top. I don’t know if it was the right decision, but it still works.
The main head “Shroud of Turin” is in “Papyrus.” I wanted an old-world look but something that was also intriguing. I kept the rest pretty simple. I enlarged the type on the story a little and leaded it even more. Inset is the actual image on the cloth itself (which can be seen better if you’re standing farther away.)
In the end, I really like what I did, but I wanted to open up the discussion. So let’s hear it.
FROM ED: I really like this page—a lot. But I do have one criticism: The spacing in the second line of the head is awkward. To me, it reads: “ofT URIN.” I don’t at all mind tucking the “of” under the “T.” Actually, I think it’s a real nice touch. But there’s just too much space between “T” and “URIN.” A small point, perhaps…but for this typographic perfectionist it’s a big deal.
How about the rest of you? Comments Criticisms? Suggestions?