Monthly Archives: October 2011

Looking for an Asst. ME

A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE—who helps to edit a helluva weekly—is on the prowl for an assistant managing editor.

If you’re interested, here’s some info:

Wanted: Assistant managing editor

National and state award-winning midlands S.C. newspaper seeks full-time assistant managing editor. Reporting, writing, editing and pagination experience required. Some nights and weekends. Resume, work samples.

If you’re interested, reply with a comment or gimme a call and I can put you in touch. 803-325-5252.

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Logo secrets

LET’S PLAY. It’s simple: I show you the logos…and you tell me what you see.

Best response wins a free pdf copy of Henninger on Design.

See? Simple.

1. Tostitos

2. Formula 1

3. Milwaukee Brewers

4. Northwest Airlines


6. Toblerone

7. Baskin Robbins

8. FedEx


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Horseshoes for art—no luck needed

TOM HILL IS A 26-YEAR-OLD self-taught sculptor in England who for the last three years has been working with recycled horseshoes to create life-size animal sculptures. Hill uses a gas forge, anvil and hammer as well as various welding techniques to heat and shape the horseshoes to create his sculptures.

Hill has created a wide range of sculptures such as hedgehogs, squirrels, ducks, herons, swans, pigs, hares, badgers, dogs, lions, cheetahs, stags, camels, horses and elephants—all of them life size.

To date much of Hill’s work has been sold in England, with some pieces going to Italy and Ireland. Hill also has plans to create some sculptures using stainless and has started a small amount of work with copper.

Feast your eyes…feed your mind.

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NY Times blog on NAA ad campaign: “Newspapers aren’t dead, they’re alluring”

FROM THE NY TIMES Media Decoder Blog comes this article on the Newspaper Association of America:

With more people getting their daily dose of news online through blogs and social media sites, traditional newspapers have gotten short shrift. Print is dead or dying, say media experts, and advertising can’t keep pace.

A new advertising campaign from the Newspaper Association of America seeks to change those views and focus on how reading newspapers — in their digital or print incarnations — actually makes users sexy.

On Monday, the association will announce a consumer marketing campaign that extols the virtues of newspapers, and by extension the news that they provide, as being something that makes people more informed, aware and savvy. “Smart is the new sexy” reads the tagline for the campaign, which was created by the Martin Agency, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies.

“Be able to find Iran on a map,” says one ad that shows an illustration of a woman reading a print newspaper at a table. “Know what the city council is up to behind closed doors,” it continues.

“There’s no question that newspapers are undergoing a significant transformation, and we wanted to underline some of that,” said Caroline Little, chief executive of the N.A.A. “It’s a campaign for what newspapers represent, whether they are in print, online or mobile.”

What they represent, Ms. Little said, are the ideals of an informed citizenry and democracy. The campaign also comes at a time when newspaper newsrooms have faced devastating financial and staff cuts. A weak print advertising market and smaller profit on digital advertising have exacerbated the trend. Some newspapers, like The New York Times, are experimenting with pay models while others are finding alternative revenue streams through things like daily deal Web sites.

“We all grew up assuming that the world would have the kind of journalism that newspapers provide,” said Mike Hughes, the president of the Martin Agency. “The fact is the financing model for newspapers has radically changed over the years. We have to be thought of in new ways.”

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Pages from: Julie Holcombe | The Greer Citizen

FOOTBALL SEASON is well underway, but Julie sent along some exciting pages from The Greer Citizen’s pre-season tab. They just didn’t make it here the first time around, but Ed’s sure glad Julie followed up.


This year, our sports editor wanted to focus on a senior player from each of the five schools our paper covers. (Chosen by the coaches.) His theme was “Going Out In Style.” To that end, we chose a fashion magazine-type design for the section. Partnering with a local clothing store, we had the players model at their respective schools in a photo shoot by our photographer Mandy Ferguson. Each school had a one-and-a-half page photo spread/article and a page with roster/breakdown/schedules.

Overall, we were pretty happy with the results. Although, as with anything there was some Monday morning quarterbacking (we should have included the last names on the centerspread, for example).

Attached are the cover, samples from a couple of the schools and the centerspread.

Julie Holcombe


Thanks to Julie for making the second effort to get these pages to us! This is an interesting approach, well done. It’s very attractive, in part because of the use of generous negative space—proof that you don’t have to cram every column inch of space full of text!

The concept is refreshing and it’s well executed.

I’m a fan!


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A new place, a new direction


But it’s time for a change.

And the changes you’ll see on this blog will be exciting!

First, the blog will soon be incorporated into an entirely new web site. We’ve been working on that for the past couple of months and I expect it to be a leap forward. You should see the results in a few days. When you do, please let me know what you think and how you feel we can improve the site.

Second, this blog is taking a new direction. I’ve had the feeling for some time that the page evaluation process has been to narrow and too negative. And though I am very grateful to you who have submitted your work for review, the appeal is just too limited.

I’d like to offer a broader perspective on design and the visual arts. Yes, this blog will continue to focus on newspapers and print design, but there are many other visual pieces and videos out there to stir our souls and get our creative juices flowing. That’s what I’m hoping to bring to you—and what I look forward to you sharing with others.

And…there are issues that occasionally need to be addressed.

And…there are questions that need to be asked.

And…there are fun things to see.

You have been very supportive during the life of this blog—and I hope I can continue to count on you for that. So please send me a quick note (with a link, if you can) when you see something exciting and different that we can share here.

Yes, it’s been a great ride.

Now…let’s ride on!


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Link to Steve Jobs tributes from: John Ludwig | Enterprise Publishing

JOHN SENDS ALONG the following note…and a link to newspaper front pages around the world that paid tribute to Apple’s technology visionary and marketing genius. I encourage you to take a look.

I know you’re a huge fan of Apple products, as many of us in the industry are. Newspapers and design — along with many other creative fields — are synonymous with Apple products: various incarnations of Macintosh, and more recently with iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iPhones and increasingly with iPads as well.
As it stands, it’s not surprising that the death of Steve Jobs seems to have hit home with so many people in the industry I know. The same expression kept coming up from coworkers and friends: “I never knew that the death of a man I never met could so affect me.”
So, with that in mind, I thought you would enjoy checking this out. The Apple technology blog “Cult of Mac” put together a collection of the front pages of more than 100 newspapers from around the world that prominently feature a design package on the death of Steve Jobs, his life, and his contributions to the world and technology. Some really good design packages in here — and some that are, well … you know.
So here’s to you, Steve Jobs. Our hats off to you, the father of the “Personal Computer” and the “Digital Revolution,” friend to journalists, graphic designers, artists and writers everywhere.
The link is Here.
And if that doesn’t work, I’ll paste the full URL below:
All the best,

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