WHAT ARE IMPEDIMENTS to good design at community newspapers?
Is it lack of training? Lack of time? Lack of interest? Lack of leadership? A bit of all of those?
Ed has set up a poll on LinkedIn and you are invited to vote and leave your comments.
Go go there...click here!
Then watch this blog for the results.
BEN OFFERS A PAGE like many others submitted to this blog: Good design mixed with some weak areas.
FROM BEN: Hi Ed. I’m submitting one of our recent front pages. I look forward to hearing your remarks as we slowly and subtly tweak our design in an effort to “catch up.”
FROM ED: There are signs here that the design of the Independent Herald is beginning to improve. Unfortunately, there are also signs that is has a long way to to.
1. The nameplate is just-this-side of hideous. The combination of the green and orange colors, the use of the large “I,” the Chancery “Herald,” the hard shadows—it’s all v-e-r-y badly done and needs an overhaul. Simplifying the nameplate and giving it a more contemporary design will help bring the Independent Herald into the 21st century. This needs immediate attention.
2. Paragraph indents seem a bit excessive. I’d give the indent no more than 8 points.
3. Headline typefaces need updating. The Times and sans serif (Helvetica? Swiss?) give this an outdated look.
4. Why are we putting the jump lines in parentheses?
5. Spacing between elements is very good. The page has a clean, open feel because of that.
6. Placing the heavy sans serif headline on the “School Transformed” story almost makes it seem like it’s the lead story. Isn’t your lead the “Hospital outlook” piece?
7. Not sure I’d put the refers to the “Wheel tax” piece above the headline. I prefer them below the head.
Those are my thoughts. How about the rest of you? Jump in with your comments!
I DON’T KNOW how he does it.
I’m curious, of course. But more than that, I’m captivated.
Josh Adamski, born in 1948, says he has “done photography since I was a small boy.”
His photos are stunning.
Take a look here.
SCOTT HAS SUBMITTED several pages for comment over time—and here’s another for us to review together.
FROM SCOTT: Hello Ed, hope all is well. Here’s a page I just finished today…nothing too earth-shattering, but I thought it was kind of interesting. I tried to keep it really clean, but I did have a little fun getting some of the vines to intertwine with some of the letters in the headline…tried to use restraint though.
So, here’s my submission.
1. The headline type looks like it’s outlined, though this may just be a “hard shadow.” Regardless, outlined type is a very ’60s look, which is another way to say it’s very dated.
2. I do like the extra effort you took weaving the vine with the headline.
3. Placing the text within the faded box is a good idea but I’d have allowed more space between the box and the type. I recommend at least one pica of space between the type and the edge of the box.
4. I’d have placed the subhead inside the box with the text. It’s a bit tough to read where it is.
5. It’s difficult to find and read the caption.
Overall, a good attempt—but it’s unexciting.
HERE’S A LIST worth taping to your wall.
Care to add a tenth item to this list? Comment with your ideas.
BTW, do you know why we humans think in tens?
Here’s a hint: Look at your hands…or…your feet.
THE JUDGES AT SND, the Society for News Design, have named five of the world’s best-designed newspapers.
It’s interesting that two of them are both in Toronto. Also interesting that one web site (here’s the link) claims that one of the winners (here’s that link) “grabbed” its design. Hmmm….
The story about the winners is here.
NEED HELP TURNING the pages of your newspaper? OK…no, you don’t.
But if you did…uhhhh… just go here and watch. And have a cuppa coffee while you enjoy.