BLAST FROM THE PAST
Rocky Mountain Collegian: Front Page - April 21, 2011
Another 4/20, another front page taken up by protesters, advocates of marijuana. We at the Collegian were no different in making sure to play up the event. But since the main event happens here in Boulder, we had to snag art from their campus protest, giving it some juice as our centerpiece.
- Clearly, the centerpiece is the prize on the page. The art was fantastic, capturing not only the event but the absurdity of some of what you can find there. It’s a bold photo, with something most people just don’t see very often. Even the secondary art captures your eye.
- The headline was tricky, because we didn’t want to be too stereotypical. So we went with alliteration, getting “The Hill” in there to emphasize that it was in Boulder.
- I love the box here. I wanted it to be unique, so I added the smoke to the background (made with a Photoshop brush) and the pot leaf to make it more than just a box. The tease is also helpful to show off the rest of our content.
- The lead story, while not terribly exciting, is bold and concise, as is the left-hand story, allowing the page to stick to solid design protocol.