A Design State of Mind
I need to go weird on this headline. No one’s going to click on it.

#journalism, right?  (via nationaljournal)

Love it.

coverjunkie:

Newest cover The New York Times Magazine
New York Times Magazine also carries an ace blog called “The 6th Floor” , a fun read.
Gail Bichler: Design Director Kathy Ryan: Director of Photography Designers: Raul Aguila , Ben Grandgenett and Jason Sfetko  Design Associate: Audrey Rodriguez

Wow.
That’s what I said when I saw this cover. It’s … wonderful.

coverjunkie:

Newest cover The New York Times Magazine

New York Times Magazine also carries an ace blog called “The 6th Floor” , a fun read.

Gail Bichler: Design Director
Kathy Ryan: Director of Photography
Designers: Raul Aguila , Ben Grandgenett and Jason Sfetko
Design Associate: Audrey Rodriguez

Wow.

That’s what I said when I saw this cover. It’s … wonderful.

theeconomist:

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.

theeconomist:

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.

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.

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.

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.

denverpost:

FRONT PAGE: Flight shot down. 
Latest updates: http://dpo.st/1mUFpK1
The victims: http://dpo.st/1lbEGj5
Photos: http://dpo.st/1nfI4zf
Opinion: http://dpo.st/1lbET5P

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.

denverpost:

FRONT PAGE: Flight shot down. 

Latest updates: http://dpo.st/1mUFpK1

The victims: http://dpo.st/1lbEGj5

Photos: http://dpo.st/1nfI4zf

Opinion: http://dpo.st/1lbET5P

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.

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.
Thoughts?

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.

Thoughts?

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.

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.