THESE PAGES HAD BEGUN to gather dust because other posts seem more newsworthy…at the time. My granddaughters would beg to differ and inform me that the release of the latest and last Harry Potter flick is big news. Sorry for the delay, Kristin!
Thought I would send along my latest “Harry Potter” pages. We made two fronts (one for C and one for D). I wanted them to look similar but give them each a different feel. I hope everyone likes, but I love criticism, so let me hear it.
1. I like the use of the eyeglasses at the top right.
2. Good choice of the headline typeface.
3. The poster art at the bottom helps to make the page, as does your use of the cloudy gay frame around the entire package.
1. Nice work at repeating the gray frame from the previous page.
2. Good use of the photos and art. Any significance to the hexagonal frames on the bottom grouping?
3. I like the way you picked up the Harry Potter logo as part of the headline/label.
4. The design of the two fronts is similar, though not copycat. I like the way that works.
KRISTIN’S BACK WITH ANOTHER Harry Potter page, this one coinciding with the recent release of the latest Harry Potter film.
FROM KRISTIN: “I’m a Harry Potter fan, so when my editor gave me this assignment I was gleeful. I Photoshopped the background and used cutouts to set the Potter mood. The top article is our staff writer’s story on his trip to London and looking for all the Harry Potter scenes from the films. The bottom is an article about the movie itself. Wanted to see what you thought. Let me hear it!”
FROM ED: I like it! A lot!
1. The positioning of the visuals is nicely done.
2. Nice use of the Harry Potter typeface here, in the headline and the drop cap. But remember: Ed. Does. Not. Like. Funky. Fonts. Despite that, it works here.
3. I’d have taken the time and trouble to rid myself of the white outline around the top of Harry’s right shoulder and left lapel.
4. The runaround on Harry’s head is too tight for me.
5. I like the background. It adds depth to the package.
6. Does anyone you work with (managers, other editors) ever give you a hard time about placing elements over the section name? I’m no purist on this point, but I know others can be. Just curious.
Overall, a really nice page. Let’s see what others say!
KRISTIN’S LIKING the feedback she’s getting here, so she’s decided to throw a couple more pages our way. It’s been a busy week for me, so it took me a few days to post these.
From Kristin’s note:
“I liked the feedback from my last page. So I’m going to send you these two pages I designed this past Sunday. To tell you the truth, I was a little disappointed in both. If I had more time, I think I would have done each a little more differently.
“For ‘Keeping Time,’ I used a stock photo of a clock on parchment paper for a background to give it an old-timey feel. I used one of the clocks as a cutout because the actual picture was kind of drab. I liked the typography with the headline but towards the bottom it loses something. (It might be because my editor wanted the entire story to stay on the front) Or is it something else?
“For ‘Harry Potter,’ I really liked the design. The only thing I would now change is to make Harry come all the way to the bottom instead of having him come halfway down the page. For the head, I took a picture of the Harry Potter book I had at home and then cut the title out. Is that cheating?
Love feedback, but again . . . be nice.”
So, let’s hear it, folks!