JOE IS BACK THIS WEEK, with an updated page and a detailed note. As always, Ed has comments—but this time, they’re placed inside Joe’s note (in bold red). You can find Joe’s original post four items down from here.
I really appreciate the critique and the comments you made.
If you’ve got time to take a look, I’ve attached a redesign of front page with redone nameplate. I reworked the typography – is this what you meant by nudging and tucking? – moving the lowercase letters under the “umbrella” parts of their uppercase neighbors? Yes, pretty much. I think you carried it off well. Have you considered dropping the dot on the “i” in “Times”? I would. Where it is now, it seems nothing more than a distraction.
I also reworked the sun a little in an effort to make it look less cartoonish. Still looks cartoonish. Anyway you can use a photo of a setting or rising sun? The cartoony look just isn’t good for a newspaper. The sun is pretty significant for us as it is connected to an idea put forth when the newspaper was started. Basically, the notion is that “the sun is always rising in Karnes County” – there are new days and brighter futures just ahead of us up the road. We’ve actually had a lot of positive feedback from our readers on the sun and the optimism it represents, so I’m not sure I’m ready to abandon it entirely. Don’t. Get a photo. Courthouse is out of the question as our competition is using it and there really aren’t any other significant landmarks. OK.
I really didn’t have much time to design this newspaper as we started under unique circumstances. The whole design was actually done in less than a day I would not call that a “design,” then. More like a cobbled-together look. But it’s better than many. and my thoughts at the time were that if we succeed, we can work on a better design later. OK…it’s time. We have had much success and now 7 months into our operation, I’m starting to think we can spend a little time coming up with a better design for the newspaper. Yep.
The rail was a feature I’d seen in other newspapers and I always liked it as it gave some visual variety and color – and I thought it was a good focal point for brief news items. We thought it would be a good place to showcase significant local events happening in the near future to the day we publish – today, tomorrow – this weekend. That kind of thing. I’m not sure I want to stick with it though as it’s always a last minute scramble to get it filled. We wanted our index and publishing details at the bottom of the rail but anything less than a full page rail looked awkward when we tried it. I don’t think it works when you’re using giganto text type here to highlight just one item…and no art. I think you need to better define its purpose…and then its design.
I was limited on cropping options with the sports photo because it was maxed out on resolution (zoom cropped) but I did consider cropping from sides and leaving a larger than usual amount of white space on the left and right of the photo – that might have been a better option and would have added drama to the photo. Yep again.
I agree with you on the ideas about better arrangement of Tierra Pointe – I guess I always try to start the body text of a story in line with the left hand edge of the headline, and now I’m starting to see that that is not always the best choice. Not sure what you mean here. But you could have put the photo in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th legs of type—and still below the headline.
Thanks again for the critique and comments – much appreciated!
Let’s see if others have comments/criticisms on this latest page. Folks?