Monthly Archives: January 2012

Redesign: Legatus Magazine

I’M DELIGHTED with the results of the redesign of Legatus Magazine.

It’s a publication distributed to a limited but powerful group of Catholic business leaders.

The redesign has been a long-term project. Actually, I began working on it last April, with Editor Patrick Novecosky and designer Shawna Kunz.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the first issue. It’s colorful. It’s crisp. It’s contemporary. It’s bold. All of those qualities we had worked on when I visited with Patrick and Shawna last spring in Ave Maria, FL.

A half dozen pages from the first issue follow. If you want to see the entire final proof of the inaugural issue, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a link!

Thanks, Patrick and Shawna…for a wonderful redesign experience and a great first issue!

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Web design goes to hell

THIS HAPPENS. A LOT. Not only to web designers, but to other designers (yrs truly included) as well.

Those of you who are designers know what I’m talking about. You will laugh/cry at this link: How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell at the oatmeal.com.

And it isn’t only web or publication design. If you’re an ad designer, you’ve had this happen to you about, oh…a bazillion times!

Thanks to follower Laurie Shillings for sending this one along.

Enjoy!

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Designer position: The Catholic Miscellany

LOOKIN’ FOR A DESIGN JOB? Here’s one that may interest you.

I’ve worked with the people at The Catholic Miscellany on and off for the past few years and, well, if I lived in the Charleston area I’d think about applying!

Here’s the posting:

DESIGN LAYOUT of the bi-weekly newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, SC, design advertising and other publications, including diocesan directory, programs, brochures, campaign materials, etc.  Coordinate with printers and advertisers. Bachelors degree in graphic design or communications with min 2 yrs newspaper page design experience or Associates degree with min 4 yrs experience required. Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop required. Attention to detail, knowledge of AP style, ability to manage multiple projects under deadline pressure, thorough knowledge of Catholicism required.  Excellent benefits, generous paid time off, convenient downtown location, free parking.  Cover letter with salary expectations required as part of application process. Apply online only at http://www.catholic-doc.org/hr/main.php?m=h&id=emp  No phone calls please.

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Poll results: Retouching photos

IT’S A THREE-FER! Our poll on retouching photos has two front-runners with the third right up there in the running. Then there are the…uh…others.

You can see the results for yourself. Pretty clear how those who voted (92 total votes) feel.

Here are some of the comments from those who voted:

“Never is too strong but it should be very very rare.”

“If you would cut it out, (ie right situation, usage, internal style) then ok.”

“I wouldn’t have retouched either of the two photos in the illustration.”

“A slight retouch, as with this photo, is ok. But almost never is my opinion.

“Nothing that would alter photo’s content and/or mislead readers.”

“On submitted photo, I’ll remove a date stamp if I can’t crop it out. That’s all.”

“Retouch to improve image quality only. Content should never be added or removed.”

“Photos should only be retouched when they’re labelled as such.”

“Only if it does not misrepresent the subject or event as it occurred.”

“We crop to remove distracting backgrounds so same applies to retouching.”

“I’ve ‘cloned out’ lettering on a T-shirt that read, ‘I’m with stupid,’ and I’ve reduced cleavage on high school Homecoming queens…even been guilty of trimming down a good friend’s waistline one time for her teacher retirement photo…no harm done! I have a camera. I have Photoshop. Might as well make the best of both!”

Also, check out the running comments that accompanied the original post.

More polls to come.

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Survey says…print and paper

ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY, “70 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds, say they prefer to read print and paper communications than reading off a screen.”

The survey was commissioned by Two Sides, the fast-growing non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. So, it may be a bit self-serving (hmmm…wonder if that’s ever happened before!). Still, there are some findings that may be of interest to those of us who know newspapers are not dying.

It also says 68 percent of those surveyed believe that paper records are more sustainable than electronic record storage and that paper is more pleasant to handle and touch than other media (67 percent).

Here’s the full report.

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Best of College Design: Magazine

AS PROMISED last week, here is the third (and final) installment showing winners from the Best of College Design pages I recently judged.

Last week was Opinion pages, the previous week, front pages.

These are index pages from college magazines.

Some interesting/exciting stuff. Print design is doing very well, thank you.

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