A Design State of Mind

Colorado’s Coverage

While newspapers across the country selected from a collection of heart-wrenching photos coming out of Ferguson, Mo., we in Colorado were doing the same while placing coverage from Michael Brown’s funeral.

Here are a few that really played up local and national content.

Top: Boulder Daily Camera: Front Page - Aug. 26, 2014

Designed by yours truly, with a late story that came out of a vigil held on the University of Colorado, Boulder’s campus.

Left: The Denver Post: Front Page - Aug. 26, 2014

A centerpiece that tears at your heartstrings. Thanks to their dog-leg design, they were able to push this art toward the top, above the fold.

Right: The Gazette: Front Page - Aug. 26, 2014

They selected the same photo as me, letting a thin serif to keep the tone somber and appropriate.

Thanks to Newseum, as always, for the pages.

No kidding. These covers are incredible.

A reiteration of what many of us know (and most of us don’t want to hear) as journalists, passionate about what we do.

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Design by JJ Alcantara

Now here’s a cool twist on a timeline. (And as any page designer knows, timelines are notoriously hard to create in a new way.)

asburyparkdesignstudio:

Design by JJ Alcantara

Now here’s a cool twist on a timeline. (And as any page designer knows, timelines are notoriously hard to create in a new way.)

It seems I’ve made it onto a European blog post dedicated to the disgust we internationally feel for this publishing platform called Methode.

Famous for all the right reasons.

Boulder Daily Camera: Front Page, Aug. 4, 2014
Our coverage from this weekend’s Ironman Boulder triathlon. What a great set of coverage, and wonderful work from our talented photographers who were there to catch every moment as it happened.

Boulder Daily Camera: Front Page, Aug. 4, 2014

Our coverage from this weekend’s Ironman Boulder triathlon. What a great set of coverage, and wonderful work from our talented photographers who were there to catch every moment as it happened.

I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.

I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work

It’s been kind of a long week (yes, on Wednesday). I read this on the elevator leaving work today, and I had to wait a second before I could get out clear-eyed and feeling more determined than I have in awhile. So…thanks, Ira? 

(via thisismybyline)

Letting the art speak for itself. Great design here.

Letting the art speak for itself. Great design here.

ALL THE PDFS

So I’ve been spending down time in my shifts sifting through four months worth of PDFs from our various publications, hunting down pages I’ve designed that I’d like to share.

And, well, I’ve certainly found a couple.

Here’s hoping I can get them queued up before leaving for vacation.