Tomorrow’s cover, today: America’s long-term growth rate is barely half what it was two decades ago. Some of the reasons for that—such as an ageing population—are unavoidable. But our cover leader argues that plenty—such as regulation, immigration, taxation—are within politicians’ control and could be fixed
Ha! Just a hilarious approach to this illustration. Well done, Economist.
Love seeing a page led by strong female journos.
There’s something about this I really love.The headline, the dominant art (and it’s placement that makes it look almost popping-off-the-page, in a way) … a graphic to break the information down.
Just a clean double truck.
Big News in Boulder
Boulder Daily Camera: Front Page - July 18, 2014
No one can say I shy away from a big headline.
In our meeting, my editors and I were tossing around headline ideas. My managing editor’s you see in print above.
With words like municipalization and condemnation, they had to think about how they wanted to sell this story. We decided this would be a sure way to get you to at least take a second look at our cover.
It was hard to find a way to balance how many headlines I needed to incorporate, but I think the white space helps. Overall, a solid page design.
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Our sister paper’s front page, with great design and layout for the tragic breaking news of the downed Malaysian airliner.
They let the headlines and art stand alone, almost. On the rack, that’ll get your attention. And even though it was a day old by this point, they had infographics to bolster what they’ll get the reader when they pick up the paper.
I really love today’s Google illustration. Not only is it beautifully done, it reminds is all of the powerful and incredibly important message Nelson Mandela had for us all.
Thanks To Newseum …
I had a chance to take a look at this page from the Asbury Park Press (New Jersey), a cover that ran July 17, 2014.
It stopped me, for obvious reasons, and after taking a closer look, I figured I’d see what others thought too.
I like the idea here, of using a simple black tint screen and basic type to get the message across. Rather than running yet another shot of Sandy’s devastation, it was a unique move that may have done better than a photo in getting your attention.
Another Aviation Tragedy
Found scrolling through my Twitter feed is this cover from the Independent (London).
It’s an incredible cover. And really makes you see how important and how evocative a newspaper’s front page can be.
Well done, to that staff. And thoughts/prayers to those families affected by this tragedy.
Because We’re All Part of This …
As anyone can tell who even remotely follows my blog, I’m a very passionate journalist, who will scream from the rooftops the importance of presentation to any news organization. Be it their online presence, their print product, their branding … the look and layout and presentation is as important as the content. I’m not saying more-so, but I’m saying it can’t be forgotten.
And I’ve noticed, in many newsrooms, it does. Or it’s under-appreciated how a strong headline design can get a reader’s eye like a good photo can.
A lot of newsroom leaders, they’re “word guys,” or they’re good at knowing a good photo when they see one. They can recognize a very basic design as solid, and leave it at that. And more often than not, a top editor should be focused on those words or the art leading their paper.
Enter the importance of a very strong visual editor.
Yes, a managing editor, city editor, photo editor should all value good design. But it’s that visual editor that will help that page come together. It’s their job to take the incredible content all other cogs of the wheel have assembled and get it rolling to the reader in the cleanest way possible.
This doesn’t always mean flashy layout or mind-blowing illustration or even complex typography. But it ALWAYS means good headline hierarchy, good photo editing, appropriate white space and smart layout. It means making sure a page goes to print - covers and inside pages alike - with as strong of design as time would allow.
And it means leading that team toward top standards. I’ve never cared how small a paper is (see an upcoming post on that topic), because those editors and writers and photographers and ad reps all worked their asses off just as hard as any “big” newsroom did. So why don’t they deserve as much effort as any other?
We need to make sure to keep a strong visual eye in all newsrooms. Until print truly fades from the picture, it should be at its highest quality.