MARAH HAS SUBMITTED other pages from the KCT in the past few months. And here’s another entry for review and comment.
So I haven’t sent a page in awhile. Here is recent front page from the Kanabec County Times. I do want to inform you that we had massive coverage on the murder trial story so we did not feel it necessary that the “guilty” story be the biggest package. Our nameplate redesign has stalled too. Thanks Ed!
1. Your publisher should really talk to a newspaper design expert about getting that nameplate fixed. If he/she is interested, I think I know someone who could help. This nameplate is just, well…awful. Just awful.
2. Way too much typography going on in the top left corner, with the GUILTY all-caps hammer, the “of murder…” secondary line, the three-line deck head…and then the “Results from…” and the overline butting right up against it. The different sizes and the rule mean that readers probably won’t link these heads with each other. But, sheeeesh!, that’s a LOT of TYPE!
3. Lots of gray elsewhere, especially along the left side of the page. The photos in the “Summertime fun” package help…to a degree. But that package is just too small to deliver any real impact.
4. The red in the Summertime head adds nothing to the package. Instead, it becomes distracting. A waste of color.
Whaddaya think, folks? Am I being too negative? Let’s hear your thoughts on this page.