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!