A cute cover, and certainly something that gets your attention, subtly.
In the spirit of openheartedness and what life is really all about, I’ll go so far as to say that the fear of others may mask some deep-seated desire to understand, and maybe even to love. Because really, what is there to be afraid of? Few people today don’t know—or have in their families—at least one loving couple who are raising children, same-sex or not. And it’s really just the loving part that matters. That same-sex marriage could go from its preliminary draft of “diagnosable” to the final edit of “so what?” must indicate some positive evolution on the part of the larger human consciousness. My wife, being a biology teacher, puts it even more succinctly: “Why are all these people so worried about who everybody else is sleeping with, anyway?” (Score two for Moms.)
—Chris Ware on his cover of the May 13, 2013 issue, “Mother’s Day.” Get the story behind the cover: http://nyr.kr/10d7TyC
Why Design Matters
If Snow Fall Were Published in a Standard Template
A really great discussion about how consideration of design and presentation really can affect the quality of a story - or project like this one.
I am in beautiful Bergen, Norway, this week for the Nordic Media Festival. I gave a talk this morning on digital storytelling and, of course, everyone wanted to talk about Snow Fall.
As part of the presentation — and to drive home my point about design — I mocked up what Snow Fall might have been had our brilliant design, graphics and video teams not taken this project on.
Since a couple people asked for it, I decided to post the images here.
Doesn’t really grab you like the actual piece, does it?
NO. 1 MOST VIEWED
At least at this point. Love seeing that folks are checking out my weekly column for the Colorado Daily (that you can check out here).
A BIG DAY FOR THIS JOURNALIST
About a month or two ago, I wrote an article for the Boulder Daily Camera about an exhibit of the history of beer at the Boulder History Museum.
And after it ran in a few of our special publications, I’d sent the link to my parents and friends, etc., I tucked it away as my first big feature for the Camera and kept on with life.
Then today, I find out that it ran in the Denver Post today!
I seriously couldn’t be more excited about this :D My very first byline to appear in the Denver Post!! And as a designer, I’ll take any writing accomplishment I can get.
Found it on their site, here’s the link.
YAY! What a wonderful day.
What a clever twist on this topic. Understated, yet beautifully done.
New cover ShortList magazine
Art Director: Kevin Fay tells me:
“for this cover on Gun Culture we adapted an original artwork by artist Ben Turnbull (benturnbull.com) to create a school desk style image which incorporated our masthead.”
Editor: Martin Robinson
Deputy Editor: Hamish MacBain
Photography Director: Joanna Moran
Digital Imaging: Justin Metz
Deputy Art Editor: Tim Lane
Junior Designer: Caroline Warner
Longmont Times-Call: Life Front - Dec. 30, 2012
An example of what community journalism can offer. While it’s not breaking news, and nothing assembled by our hard-working news teams, this page is a great collection of artwork that captures the moments from the community.
Photographers are incredibly essential to any newspaper, and to give them a chance to highlight some of their favorite moments and photographs is a positive thing in honoring their work. And it also gives another tribute to the men, women and children that let us into their lives and tell their stories.
Design-wise, I love the main photo. It’s so filled with emotion. And the rest of them fit so nicely around it, working with the headlines to fill the space and optimize it. Cluttered? A bit, but it was about getting the most photos we could into the space.
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
Arthur Miller, American playwright and essayist
NEWSEUM FILES … AGAIN
Another look at a creative page. Albeit I’m months late in posting it, but a blog about design can do that. It’s about the presentation. (And my making excuses …)
This one’s from The Des Moines Register, published in Des Moines, Iowa.
- What a creative centerpiece. A story about childhood bullying among the LGBTQ community, I love the addition of sidewalk chalk drawings under a cartoon-like feuding donkey and elephant. A great way to capture the legislature portion atop the youthful issue at hand.
- I also love the portion below the main bar, with teases to more coverage and mugs of the opposing sides. Very clean.
- The tease along the top is, as usual, stunning. They don’t let their flag dictate design, but rather incorporate it. It becomes part of the tease, and therefore teases more effectively to the content.
And of course, this page is compliments of Newseum.
Canon City Daily Record: Sports - Jan. 15, 2013
- Not a breaking story, but a page that’s clean in it’s presentation. It’s got a lot of good elements, with headlines and subheads that fill their space well.
- The centerpiece is clean, and what I like is that the boxes at the bottom are really nice. They’re close to their style, but with some twists that make them more fitting for the feel of the package.