Daily Archives: 10/23/2011

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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