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Pages from: Jeanette Kendall | Times Newspapers

JEANETTE HAS BEEN WATCHING this blog for some time, and has offered some pages in the past. Now, she comes to us with a redesign…exciting!

Her note follows, then the pages, with comments from Ed.

FROM JEANETTE:

Hello Ed,
We recently went through a redesign, so I thought I’d send in an old and new version to see what you think? If you’d like to see a couple more, let me know. Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks!

FROM ED:

1. You say you “went through” a redesign. This is unclear. Did you do the redesign yourselves or were you helped by an outsider?
2. The nameplate is more open and contemporary, the teasers are much easier to navigate.
3. Looks like you’ve returned to justified text in some stories. Do you have a style guide that spells out why and when that is to occur?
4. The new Bureau Grotesque typeface is, perhaps, a bit dated nowadays. But it’s certainly an improvement from your previous sans serif display face.
5. I wish you had allowed more negative space between packages. It still feels very tight.
Overall, it’s an improvement but I’m concerned that it doesn’t go far enough.
Reax from the rest of you would help Jeanette. What do you say?
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Pull quotes: some options

TAKING A WEEK OFF from commenting on pages. But we need more pages for comment…so send yours in!

A couple of months ago, I mentioned that I think pull quotes with oversized quote marks are dated. They still feel v-e-r-y 1960s-1970s to me. I’m not as turned off by them in magazines but I think they’re distracting in newspapers. Perhaps I’m a bit to persnickety about that but it’s not a look I recommend to any of my clients.

My “dated” comment was focused on a quote I saw on a page from Jeanette Kendall of Times Newspapers. When she responded with more pages, Jeanette later wrote: “You made the comment on one of our papers that the over-sized quotes were outdated for a pull quote. I am wondering what an updated design would look like.”

Here’s the quote, lifted from Jeanette’s page:

Following are some options I designed recently. They’re all set in fonts of Formata and Arno Pro, two typefaces I’m using in a current redesign project.

You can like ’em…or not. That’s up to you. But I think they’re clean and contemporary…and, yes, I did mean for F to be flush right. Someday, we can do a whole ‘nother post on that!

Certainly willing to hear your feedback—especially from you, Jeanette!

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