MELANIE BYER HAS OFFERED pages for comment during the past few months. And here’s another.
Here’s Melanie’s page. Her note follows.
I’ve been getting in a rut doing 1A centerpieces with the typical square or rectangular box containing them on the page. So, for this centerpiece about used-oil recycling, I thought I’d do something different. I got the background image from Metro Creative Connection, and I think it worked well. The only thing I don’t like about the page is that the rules on each side of the centerpiece seem to be floating. I wasn’t sure what to do with those. Also, as a note, a color version of the top mug shot could not be found, and the ear ad had to stay in the top left corner. I like constructive criticism, but keep in mind that I’m 22 and that although I’m not so new to design, there are still things I know I can learn.
So, let’s give Melanie some feedback. And remember: keep it constructive. Thanks.
I’VE VISITED RECENTLY with the desk editors at The Item in Sumter, SC. One of them, Melanie Byer, offers this page for your comment.
Says Melanie: “I did this page…for the opening ceremony of the 2009 Dixie Girls Softball World Series in Sumter. It’s a pretty big deal around here because 5,000 people came to town from many states in the Southeast. Kimi [Timmers, another editor at The Item] and I actually collaborated on this, so I don’t deserve all the credit! I think we came up with a pretty good idea, and I also think the story was deserving of the entire section above the fold. I figured people coming to town for the World Series would see it on the racks and pick it up.”
Do the varying color tones behind the text make this difficult to read? Is it work the risk? What are your thoughts?
A second submission from Melanie, who says: “Here’s another, for kicks and giggles. The ad at the top was unavoidable, and I was asked to create two rather large tease boxes for those special sections. Originally I thought the page would be mightily dull, but I think it turned out all right (at least better than I was hoping for when I started it).
Again, is the type over a screen a good idea? In limited use like this, is it OK? Would you do it?