THIS WEEK’S BLOG FEATURES four pages from frequent contributor Michael Smith.
Hi Ed. Here are four more pages for the blog. Any thoughts and feedback would be appreciated, especially on the stamp feature.
With the stamp feature, I had one bad, low resolution photo to work with. My solution was to fill the page up with stamps. Any ideas on what to do when you have a 1/2 page (or even full page) to fill with a bad photo (s) would be helpful. Thanks!
First, I tried scanning in the stamp at high res so I could use it very large. That didn’t seem to work. So then I took a close-up of a stamp with my little point-and-shoot camera and got a pretty good image of one stamp. With time and some more work, I think I could have made it work. Other than that, I’m not sure what I would have done. I do think the many-stamps look is a bit much. If I couldn’t have used a stamp, I would have tried something else—maybe a shot of a page from a stamp collector’s album. How about the rest of you. Ideas? Suggestions?
1. I’m not big for bugs, but I think it works fine here.
2. What’s the thinking behind the different colors in the pie chart? Readers try to derive meaning from different colors and here I’m not sure there’s a reason. I prefer to use different percentages of the same color in charts, sometimes making the most important piece of the pie in a different color.
3. Lots of space between lines in the Road funds head.
1. Nice photo at the top, but I believe the nameplate is just too small here. We have a lot of sky in the photo and I would’ve used the nameplate about 1/2 page wide.
2. The mattress photo really helps to tell the story. Glad you used it here.
3. Two all-caps headlines are at least one too many.
1. Love the look of the page. Good photo, used well.
2. The Simbeck headline at bottom makes me think this is a photo of him shooting that free throw, but when I look at the photo I realize that’s not the case. The fact that the photo and headline contradict each other is a problem for me.
That’s all from here…what do the rest of you think? Let’s have your comments!