EMILY KILLIAN, MICHAEL SMITH and KRISTIN COKER offer pages focused on the 10th anniversary of 9.11. I lost a cousin in that attack so it’s always painful to recall the events of that day. But these pages do justice to the memory of all the victims of that dreadful morning and I am pleased to post them here.
When you have a moment, please send along the pages your newspaper ran as 9.11 tributes. I will post all 9.11 pages I receive without comment (unless feedback is requested).
FROM EMILY KILLIAN:
It’s been a long time since I’ve sent anything in. Sorry!
This page is up on the North Carolina Press Association’s website as part of the Sept. 11 front gallery.
1. I question the approach of starting stories on the front. I really like the lead photo and I think the front would have been much more effective had that photo filled the page. Too bad we didn’t fully commit.
2. On this one day, just…this…one…day…could we have chosen NOT to run an ad at the bottom of page 1? Same with the coupons bar at top?
3. Ditto the obits, weather and other info in that bottom package. Couldn’t we have found a place for those inside?
Previous points aside, the lead package is very effective. I like it.
FROM MICHAEL SMITH:
On the 9/11 page, I wanted to be somewhat bold. From the start, I envisioned making A1 horizontal with the NYC skyline as lead art. I was able to shoot the photos in NYC the week before from the Staten Island Ferry. I just didn’t see the merit in running destruction photos 10 years later on A1. The theme I was shooting for was “rebuilding.” The Freedom Tower secondary photo placement was my solution to filling the open space. Plus the tower seems lost among the other skyscrapers in the skyline photo, so I thought a callout photo would be appropriate. I shrank the nameplate because I felt the 9/11 story was more important than our branding. I wanted to do more (info boxes, illustrations about the tower, 9/11 timelines, etc.), but time and lack of resources were an issue; after missing the flight home, we drove through the night just to make it to work on production day! Besides, I didn’t want A1 to be too busy.
1. Here’s a prime example of how that garish page 1 ad really cheapens the look of the paper. I know you can’t control that, Michael, but it’s awful nonetheless.
2. I’m good with running the Freedom Tower photo.
3. Let’s chalk it up to the fact that you were tired, but the headlines here leave me flat.
4. the gray drop initial gets lost in the brownish water background.
All this say, I think running the page horizontal was an excellent idea and I applaud you for that! Good move!
FROM MICHAEL SMITH:
The firefighter page was my solution to not having a lot of art. Whenever art is scarce, I tend to either do large cutouts or reverse out of black screens. Unfortunately the reporter didn’t get names of the firefighters in the photos, so I had to run a generic, shared cutline. Looking forward to your feedback as always!
The firefighter package works nicely for me. I think it’s a good job.
FROM KRISTIN COKER:
Thought you might want to see the finished product from my September 11th front page design. We did a test run to see how it would print and I ended up having to lighten the background. Also, my publisher thought we should keep the mast at the top and move the illustration down further. So how do you think it turned out?
1. The background photos are difficult to “read.” Did you consider not having them bleed through the top pic…making them a bit darker and just overlaying the top photo over them?
2. I’d have considered reversing the nameplate into the illustration, with the ancillary info left across the top, pretty much like it is here.
3. Hooray for no page 1 ad here!
Again, previous items aside…this is quite nicely done. Good work.