I seriously LOVE historic front pages. I’ve got my own Denver Post front page hanging on my wall from the 1940s, and a collection of the New York Times’ fronts in a fabulous book my friend found for me.
It helps I’m addicted to history in general. And journalism.
Yet again, I pull from this little stockpile I’ve got of pages I’ve saved when I’m perusing Newseum and find a design I like (or want to comment on).
Above are a few tabloid-shaped publications that really … rocked, to put it lamely.
I’d say it’s clear how impressive this is. Yes, layered cutouts are nothing new, but having a presentation that avoids looking cheesy or poorly done is impressive. Add to that the artistic work put into altering coloration on each player, and you’ve got quality centerpiece art.
The headline, too, is great. Simple and bold. It - with the teases - does well to get all you need across.
Next up, Metro.
Yes, another basketball page, but a whole different take. It’s got a bit of cutout flair, but is a bit more subdued than the other. Not to say it’s lesser. It’s so clean, with beautiful photo editing happening here.
The headline is great. Understated yet just what you need to pull everything together.
Last but not least, RedEye, published in Chicago, Ill.
No sports this time! Instead, a gorgeous illustration that works brilliantly on the page. I’m no good at this kind of stuff - which is probably why I find it so impressive. But this works so well in showing what the cover story is.
The headline is … awesome. I love that it’s a bit cheesy (in a good way!) and doesn’t overwhelm the illustration. Overall, a beautiful page.
FJP: Sort of a dream come true for me. My media habits are generally to bookmark things to read throughout the week on Pocket (formerly Read Later), which is a prettily designed place to store bookmarks and access them across devices. But at the end of a week I never get through what I’ve saved and thus have a backlog of tons of articles. Flipboard’s magazine works in a similar way—you can create content specific magazines by bookmarking things from all over the web or within your Flipboard readings. So, planning to try this out by creating a weekly magazine of my to-reads. Look out for an in-depth review once I get more playtime on this thing.—Jihii
Image: Screenshot of the beginnings of this week’s magazine by @jihiitea
Boulder Daily Camera: Local Front - March 31, 2013
Sunday’s are great opportunities to play around with style a bit. So for this centerpiece, I thought I’d get a bit more white space involved than I normally do, using the headlines and photos to build a nice - and more unique - front than I usually make.
I really think the headlines on the page work. They’re to-the-point and fill out their space.
The tease at the bottom to an insert we had I liked, which surprises me considering how many different set-ups I had for it. But I think it’s eye-catching without being the dominant piece of art on the apge.
Lots of elements, but still plenty of story out front.
I can’t help but love behind-the-scenes moments, design-wise. It’s crucial to learn from each other, and see other ways of doing things, or even conceptualizing things. Imitation as a form of flattery, indeed.
Since it’s launch last June, Huffington Post Magazine has been praised for its covers among the design community. In response to the positive feedback, Creative DirectorJosh Klenert has offered a behind the scenes look at how one of the magazine’s most popular covers was conceptualized and created. The accompanying video shows the cover team’s process from start to finish.
Very art-light, this page isn’t one I’d normally choose to post. But what I like about it is how well things fit together. The teases, for example, are attention-grabbing and concise. I like that the sports one is even a little snarky, paired with a cool cutout.
The main package is lovely, in this incredibly biased girl’s opinion. I just really like how the art works with the headline, which is soft (if you can call a header that) and understated. It’s all muted, yet simple and charming. It just … is exactly how a love story should be.
Well, I’ve been quite remiss in my Tumblr duties for months, and when I get my resurgences, I tend to brag all about me. But I’ve remembered my many pages copied from Newseum that I wanted to highlight, too.
So, here we go!
Of course I’d start with the San Diego Union-Tribune, published in San Diego, Calif.
I’m so in love with this paper’s design.
But to the point, I pulled it because of the centerpiece. I’ve seen lots of papers try for this effect. But honestly, this is one of the few I actually think pull it off. They allow the rope to really commit to the page (going all the way to the top), and the text intertwined looks like more than just a number plopped on rope clip art.
Add that white space on, and it’s a very functional page.
I post a lot of print pages on my site, primarily because … well … I’m in love with print, and can’t help myself. It’s what I love to create.
Well, as the industry changes, my friends ask if I’ll move to web or iPad/tablet design. As if they’re the same thing. So in response, I always end up muttering something about my hopeless lack of coding knowledge and sit quietly.
But it appears my thoughts may be wrong. Perhaps there will be a way for me to transition to other parts of design. Above, while not flashy, is darn clean and easy to navigate.
A novice at Photoshop, saying my abilities are limited is a vast understatement. So after I saw what these designers at the Tennessean were able to create, I realized how much I (and probably others) could learn.
Take a look at this great twist on merit badges as part of design. Some great work here.