Monthly Archives: April 2012
A DOUBLE DO-OVER isn’t quite as severe as a “double-dog dare ya” or the dreaded “triple-dog dare ya” (see A Christmas Story).
Still, it’s pretty strong stuff.
Nonetheless, I’m forced to call a “double do-over” on this week’s next two entries (which were last week’s top two entries…and the same for the week before). Here’s why: I discovered midweek last week that the reason for a strong fall-off in blog views was a problem with my email reminders getting through to subscribers. My apologies for that, but I believe all is fixed now.
1. Please check out the new site at www.henningerconsulting.com. Your comments will help me to improve the site.
2. Take this chance to vote in the poll on impediments to good design at community newspapers. There are only a few votes on the issue now. Let’s know what you think.
AFTER MONTHS OF WORK on content and design, the new Henninger Consulting web site is up and running!
Well…maybe walking. There are still some nits here and there, but we expect those to be resolved in the next few days. And we’re still at work on one other page.
Still, it’s lookin’ good and there will be updates to the site as time goes by. One of those updates will be including this blog as part of the site.
If you have a moment, please visit the site at henningerconsulting.com and let us know what you think.
And…stay tuned for those updates!
“NO ONE HAS THE TIME.” Forty-four percent of those who voted in the LinkedIn poll say that’s the greatest impediment to good design at community newspapers.
Next highest number was 20 percent of the vote: “No one is trained to do quality design.” At 17 percent, “No one offers design leadership” received 5 of the 29 total votes. “No one bothers to plan” was the choice of 3 voters and “No one cares about design” received 2 votes.
Clearly, the respondents on LinkedIn feel that lack of time is the major barrier to good design at community newspapers.
Now it’s your turn.
The same poll, the same questions—but here on the blog, where access isn’t quite so limited as it is on LinkedIn.
Here’s the poll. Vote now!
DESIGNER/EDITOR AMANDA sends along a recent food page from The Daily Times in Maryville, TN.
FROM AMANDA: “Have a page. I’m kind of pleased with how this one turned out so I thought I’d pass it along to you. Hope you’re doing well! Amanda”
1. I like the use of the photos.
2. Looks like there’s some horizontal scaling going on in the “Little goes…” headline.
3. Thank you for keeping the recipe in a module! Your readers thank you, too.
4. I like the idea of the “NUTS” headline done with the nuts. But…I don’t like the vertical headline—mostly because we read from left-to-right and not up-to-down. Though the look is catchy, I just don’t like vertical heads.
5. Perhaps you could have used something with greater visual interest, like the closeup of the walnut below. I love the bumps and curls and curves and highlights in this photo. Use it big, as the lead photo, with the other photos smaller? Whaddaya think?
ME MYSELF IS UNEFFECTED by grammar mistakes—most of the time. But than, once in a while even a curmudgeon editor like I needs some help.
So, I’m grateful to the folks at copyblogger for coming up with this handy graphic. And some of you may went to share this with your editor colleagues. Better yet, post it on a newsroom wall!
SCOTT HAS BEEN MAKING steady improvements to his “Best Bets” page. This is his latest effort.
FROM SCOTT: Hello Ed, hope all is well. Here’s this month’s “Best Bets” page. I redid the header and used your tips so hopefully this is an improvement. Thanks, Scott
1. This page seems to have a better organization and structure than the previous version.
2. The header is improved, but have you considered screening it to gray so it’s not quite so heavy?
3. The drop caps seem a bit too large for me. Try something in a condensed sans serif face, perhaps only four lines deep.
It will be interesting to see what others say.