A Design State of Mind
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.

notsoplaindealer:

It’s Tribe Time. No.
Forum, June 13, 2014
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer
Andrea suggests it’s (past) time to bury Chief Wahoo. An excerpt:

I used to wonder if the rotten luck in this town was due to being situated on a sacred burial ground, or something. But I have come to realize quite the opposite. We should be.
For there is a championship we can all win. Call it a moral victory.
Let’s bury Chief Wahoo.

Read the full piece here.
Our view: Levy knocks the issue — and the Chief — out of the park.
For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.
copyright 2014

Just stumbled across this June post. WOW. Dramatic. Really makes you stop and take notice.

notsoplaindealer:

It’s Tribe Time. No.

Forum, June 13, 2014

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer

Andrea suggests it’s (past) time to bury Chief Wahoo. An excerpt:

I used to wonder if the rotten luck in this town was due to being situated on a sacred burial ground, or something. But I have come to realize quite the opposite. We should be.

For there is a championship we can all win. Call it a moral victory.

Let’s bury Chief Wahoo.

Read the full piece here.

Our view: Levy knocks the issue — and the Chief — out of the park.

For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.

copyright 2014

Just stumbled across this June post. WOW. Dramatic. Really makes you stop and take notice.

We just feel that we need to offer as much variety as possible and force ourselves to experiment with how we tell the stories.

Nieman Lab talks with Jason Stallman about the planning the Times put into its World Cup coverage and how audiences have responded to the range of work the produced. 

Planning a set piece: How The New York Times approaches its coverage of the World Cup » Nieman Journalism Lab

(via thisismybyline)

Women are the diversity group that the newspaper business forgot to include.
From Tim Gallagher’s article, “Giving Women Their Due,” in July 2014 edition of Editor & Publisher
businessweek:

This week’s cover story takes you inside Dov Charney’s sleazy battle for American Apparel.

Hilarious.

businessweek:

This week’s cover story takes you inside Dov Charney’s sleazy battle for American Apparel.

Hilarious.

thisismybyline:

hyrulehero08:

Them firework photos? Yep that’s me. #photojournalism

Damn, son look at you.

Well now that’s a bold tease box. Way to let the art, not the flag, dominate the page.

thisismybyline:

hyrulehero08:

Them firework photos? Yep that’s me. #photojournalism

Damn, son look at you.

Well now that’s a bold tease box. Way to let the art, not the flag, dominate the page.

"Journalism shouldn’t be black and white. Diversity is our promise."

"Journalism shouldn’t be black and white. Diversity is our promise."

notsoplaindealer:

Four years in the making

Special news section covers, July 7, 2010 and July 12, 2014

Emmet Smith, 2010 design;
David Kordalski and Josh Crutchmer, 2014 design

It had to be done, really.

The only question was how? Once we found the uncanny mirror image to Joshua Gunter’s LeBron shot of LeBron in a Heat uniform by Charles Trainor Jr., it all came home. 

Just like it was meant to be.

copyright 2014

Clever.