KAZIA IS BACK for more help, with another photo page for our review and comment. You know the drill: Kazia’s note, then the page, then Ed’s thoughts. Then…we wait to see what you have to add to the conversation. Yes…it’s really that easy, so jump into the fun!
Hi Ed – Not sure if you remember me, but I had sent you a note several months ago looking for feedback on a photo page.
Just thought you would like to see a photo page we’re running this week, applying a few of the suggestions you had made: more white space, and placing cuts adjacent to photos rather than in one cutline block.
We also have been using QR codes more and more frequently, and in this case we are using a QR code to direct readers to an online photo gallery where they can see more photos, which I think is a good application for QR. However, the goofy thing is that while we have a smartphone-ready website, not all parts are fully smartphone ready—and our photo gallery feature is one part that is not! Doh! (Hey, what can I say? We’re doing pretty respectably for a teeny community paper!)
With this photo page, one thing I know that designers at larger papers cringe at is the use of offbeat fonts and putting text over top of a photo. But hey, we know our audience, and we know they’ll appreciate the informality of the page!
Any feedback or suggestions are welcome. BTW, I love your blog & tips. Always great info!
Overall, I really like the page. It is informal and it is fun. More on that “offbeat font” later.
1. Nice work arranging the photos and pushing the negative space to the outside. The selection, sizing and play of the photos is good.
2. Not sure I like placing the QR code over the bottom right photo. Could you have put it just to the left of the bottom left corner of that pic, next to the credits?
3. Bolding the “directions” in the captions is certainly helpful.
4. Does it bother your readers not to have individual names on the people pictured here? It kinda bothers me.
5. Use of the “offbeat font” here works well…within the context of you knowing who your audience is and that they would appreciate the informality. So, I say “yes” here…but warn against making a habit of using funky fonts.
So…now we wait to see what others have to say.