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Why this blog matters


JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, I received an e-mail from Will Franklin, one of this site’s frequent contributors.

Will, a designer at The Herald here in Rock Hill, was copying me on an e-mail exchange he had had with a sports page designer in Moses Lake, Washington. Their e-mails demonstrate precisely why this blog matters:

“Hi, Will!

I saw your football tab cover on Ed Henninger’s blog, and (like everyone else, apparently) I loved it. At the risk of being presumptuous, is it possible you have a PDF copy of the whole tab I could look at?

I don’t want to be an idea vampire, but I’d really like to see how a better designer than myself puts together a sports tab. I work for a small daily in a rural area, and we cover something like 11 small-town high school sports programs. Anything I can learn from more experienced layout people, I’d be very grateful for.

Thanks a lot for any help you can give!

Joel Martin
Columbia Basin Herald
Moses Lake, Washington”



I am flattered, but I assure you there are probably a million designers out there better than me. I’m just glad that folks liked what I did. I do have a pdf version of the complete tab on my online portfolio (willfranklin.wordpress.com). It’s about 50 megs, but it’s a 24-pager. We have a relatively small paper here as well (we cover about 13 high schools during football season).

If there’s anything else I can do for you, please let me know. I’d be glad to help in any way I can.

Thanks again,

Will F.”

And thanks to you, Will, for sending this along.

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