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 OFFERS A PAGE with a twist. Lotsa twists, actually.
Thought you might like another one of my pages. I created this special edition cover for the 10 year anniversary of the “Community of Character” project. I used every character trait that they’ve ever used to create the number 10 as a graphic and I used part of the logo in the word “community.”
Tell me what you think.
1. What is that gray object behind the headline/logo? I can’t tell what it’s supposed to be.
2. Really like what you did with the “10.” I’m sure this took a bit of time and planning, but it works very well.
3. The pdf looks great, but I wonder how well this page turned out, what with all the blac, Sure hope it didn’t come off the press as a muddy gray.
4. I have a serious concern with the photo. Where is the white male? Surely, there are some white males in your community. And, surely, some of them have contributed to the betterment of your community during the past 10 years. Where’s one? Not in this photo. So…is the use of this photo sexist? Is it racist? Hmmmm….
KRISTIN’S PAGES are always exciting to look at. Here’s her latest submission.
Coming back with something new. I’m sending along my food page for critique but, more than anything, I wanted to show you our use of the new QR codes. So far they are doing very well. We’re using them in ads to promote the “BEST of the BEST” web page and in features to promote recipes or videos on our website.
Alright, let me have it.
1. Really like the use of the brush over the headline.
2. Good use of color.
3. Good use of photos.
4. The gray screen is effective in holding the photo/recipe/QR code package together.
5. One major negative: legging the Tex-Mex grilling rub recipe…and…jumping the Log cabin grilling rub recipe. People who cut out recipes would like to have them in one piece…and not jumped…please! I’d make a bazillion different moves on the page before legging or jumping a recipe. It’s a reader service to keep these together—and in modular format.
6. I think the QR Code works very well here, but wonder why you are running it so large. Have you tested it at smaller sizes? Also, the white background may not be necessary. I tested it by taking it into Photoshop and replacing the white with the same gray as the rest of the screened area. Scanned fine. Thought you might like to know that.
How about the rest of you? Your thoughts on the page? Thoughts on the use of the QR code? Let us know!
HERE’S A BRIGHT NEW LOOK for the nameplate of Kristin’s paper.
I saw your newest column this morning and decided to submit the new nameplate I designed for The Times and Democrat. Our publisher asked me to come up with something more appealing with fewer lines and to get rid of the reverse type in our blue bar. I also had to find a way to keep the color blue incorporated into the design and not change the type face, either. I was trying to go with the look of clean lines with a little color. Promos go above the nameplate too, so I didn’t want to overdesign either. Please let me know what you think.
THE NEW LOOK
THE OLD NAMEPLATE
1. The new look is cleaner, more elegant, more understated. I like it a lot, though it might take me a while to get comfortable with the gradient blue boxes. Perhaps if they were a bit shallower.
2. I would really like to see the comparison with the teasers above the new flag, too. It’s a bit tough to compare the two without teasers on the top flag.
Overall, very nicely done.
What do the rest of you think? Out of 10…an 8? A 12? A solid 10? Jump in with your thoughts!
EVERY YEAR, Kristin has fun putting together an Oscar Awards page. She has submitted this year’s attempt for our review and comment.
Thought I would drop off my annual Oscar page to place on the blog. Let me hear it, what were your likes or dislikes? I’m always trying to top myself each year.
Sorry, Kristin, but this one leaves me somewhat disappointed.
1. The gradient screen in the left column is a step backward for you. You’re usually more creative and your work is usually more refined. I could have accepted this from someone with lesser skills than you.
2. The envelope at the top of that column appears to be a computer-generated element. Such elements, because they are computer generated, offer readers something that isn’t realistic and can put a dent in our credibility. My advice: Don’t even bother with such elements, unless you can find a photo of the “real” thing.
3. The red outline of the Oscar isn’t as good as a photo.
4. I like the placement of the Franco/Hathaway photo.
5. Not sure about placing “THE” in the “O”—it feels out of place.
So…is Ed being too picky? What are your thoughts? Jump in!
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 GIVES US A SCARE with her latest submission.
Sorry that it’s been so long. Well, anywho, I thought I would send one of my latest pages along and see what everyone thinks. I probably overdid it, but I think my Halloween page looks exactly as I would have wanted it: SCARY! Hopefully, in a good way.
Our photographer took some great photographs of the city’s Haunted House for Halloween. One photograph had all this web in the frame and that was my inspiration for the page. I wanted it to look dark and web like, just like a haunted house would be. I Photoshoped the edges a little for more texture too. So, did I go overboard? Lemme hear what you think.
1. Can’t tell form the pdf just how readable the text is through all that gray/white background. Did you up the text size at all to make it a bit more readable?
2. I like the approach overall but would have tinkered with the size of the two bottom photos so they don’t go edge-to-edge across the page.
3. Bottom swath of gray/black/web seems a bit much, almost like wasted space. But…really like the top of the page.
4. No comment on the funky font.
That’s the quick-and-dirty from Ed. What are your thoughts?
KRISTIN’S PAGES ARE ALWAYS a joy to look at—and they often win kudos from visitors to tEd Henninger’s Blog. But even the best of us need some advice now and then. When Kristin was designing this page, she sent me a note asking me to take a look. The page follows, then some notes on our conversation.
1. Would like you to look at this and tell me if I need to move the mast (section flag) to the left center over the story? Right now it is in the dead center of page but looks off kilter to me with the headline being over to the left. Tell me what you think.
2. Would you keep the flames in front or put them behind?
1. Move the section flag to the left, over the story.
2. Keep the flames in front.
What struck me was Kristin having the design license to move the section flag to the left. At many, many newspapers, such a move would be forbidden. Actually, not even open for discussion…ever.
What are the rules at your place? Can you move the section flag to make a page design work better? How about art going over the flag, like the flames here? Are you allowed to take those liberties? Or would you be denied that opportunity? Who makes the rules? Who enforces them?
Oh…and…I like the page. What really turns me on here is the “half-cutout,” with the runner’s arm coming out of the body of the photo. Nice touch!
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!