A Sampling of Coworkers’ Work
So as I said, I hope to pull some notice to other work happening in this newsroom, not just my own. And I flipped through PDFs from this past week, I came across two examples I thought I’d highlight here.
(Both are from the Boulder Daily Camera, Nov. 10. 2013)
The first, from sports, I picked up for the headline. Talk about something that really caught my attention. Loved it. I believe this page was designed by Sports Editor Jen Osieczanek, with a headline discussion that brought in page designer Scott Adams.
The art here compliments the header well, and it’s just a clean page.
The other, an Essentials cover, was designed by page designer Joe Prentice. It’s typically a food-centric page once a week, and here he took some creative steps to get the headline more interesting than a standard strip lead. I liked how the pears interacted with it and played well in accenting the main pear art.
All in all, a very balanced page with art and headlines.
Forum, October 18, 2013
John Kuntz, photographer; David Kordalski, designer
Another from In Our Eyes, The Plain Dealer’s continuing print and online recap of the best Plain Dealer photography.
An Army honor guard carries the casket of Spc. Angel Luis Lopez from the Craciun-Berry Funeral Home to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for his funeral service on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Lopez died Oct. 5 of wounds suffered while serving in Afghanistan. The John Marshall High School graduate was laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
You can see more images from this and other Plain Dealer photography staff work from our In Our Eyes series here.
Letting a photo say it all.
A Girl Overwhelmed But Thrilled in Louisville, KY
Thanks to a boss that has really advocated for me and my professional growth, I’m sitting at the Society of News Design conference listening to incredibly talented journalists from around the world. And much to my Twitter followers’ dismay but my company’s pleasure (the folks who got me here, after all), I’ve been spamming the Twitter-sphere with thoughts and nuggets of info from these presentations.
You’re next, Tumblr.
I’m learning a lot, taking away thoughts and mindsets and ideas that I not only want to implement in my own life but spread to those unable to attend.
So I’ll do my best to get posts and photos up that share what I’m learning here. This has already been a great opportunity and learning experience, and I’ve still got a day left.
A cool presentation photos, and a unique thing newspapers can do with events like this. Our archives really are spectacular. I love this.
History repeats itself. Not always in exactly the same way…although sometimes it looks like it.
During the massive flooding across Colorado in September 2013, Denver Post photographers amassed thousands of images documenting the historic disaster. Looking through the Denver Post archives uncovered another incredible set of flood pictures from the state’s deadliest disaster, the 1976 flash flood through Big Thompson Canyon. The photos, side by side, are eerily similar.
Colorado floods now and then, a series of photographic diptychs: dpo.st/18Z9koS
Loveland Reporter-Herald: Sports Front - Oct. 21, 2013
- I tried to keep this page clean, and believe I did so. There’s a lot of headline-width variation that I think helps it to stay unique too.
- With art in the rail and anchor, nothing gets too grey.
- For the centerpiece, I loved that I could give it that room, especially around the headline. It was a big game, and we needed some big art. But since it was an emotional night for Peyton and for a lot of viewers, the serif header made sense to me.
Boulder Daily Camera: Life & Arts Front - Oct. 6, 2013
- When I saw this art, I knew I wanted it big. And when I saw that I only had a two-story front, I got my wish. Add in the white space and I was able to accomplish the punchy feature design I wanted.
- I loved the headline. Written by my editor, I loved that it broke apart so well and really … worked. Especially with the secondary art and go box.
NEWSEUM FILES: GOOD VS. NOT SO MUCH
Flipping through Newseum last week (where all of these files were found, of course), I found a few pages that I pulled for one element or another. But as a whole, I wasn’t completely in love.
Still, we all need to remember to find the good moments and really learn from what works and what doesn’t.
First up, The Epoch Times, published in New York.
- Clearly, the centerpiece is bold. It blends what could’ve been cheesy/boring - the shackles - with a headline that really works well with them. It has what’s important big and bold, leaving you curious and wanting to read the smaller font.
- I also love that the map doesn’t overwhelm but holds its own. It fades toward the left, highlighting the most affected countries.
- The white space across the page is great. It really … breathes.
Now, the Battle Creek Enquirer, published in Battle Creek, Michigan.
- So I love the white space here. It’s a lot of it, but it works well in airing out what looks like a typically tight layout. And the headline balance is really nice. It all flows and works well.
- The tease at the bottom of that centerpiece is nice too, as a complementary entry into other content.
- I can’t say I’m a fan of the flourishes they added to the corners. They feel a little cheesy to me. That said, they’re not overwhelming or in poor taste. Just a bit much for a newspaper, I think.
The Town Talk, published in Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana is next.
- The centerpiece is clearly what you see here. Big, black and full of type. But the type on those “ballots” is really well done. It’s good typography for the space. Tight? Sure, but it works. However, the main head is a bit … boring. I wish that could’ve been more attention-grabbing, like the illustration is.
- I’m not sure what the shape is below the ballots, but I’m not positive that I love it. As a whole, though, it’s a really cool way to handle election coverage.
Finally, The Virginian-Pilot, published in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
- Yes, I’m in love with this paper. I clearly have a design crush on it. And this top refer shows you why. How clever and creative! I seriously love how they played that headline and story at the top. Cute and it gets the story’s point across.
- The main story, which has a gorgeous layout, isn’t my favorite centerpiece of theirs. Seems a little too simple. But then again, why must they go crazy with it? It tells the story, gets your attention and has tons of great breakout below to really get you hooked.
So. I really love the art. The editing and placement is wonderful. And the typography does well to not overshadow it. I think the lines of the main head may have been better a little closer together, but otherwise it’s a very well-done headline. The fade especially on “extinction” is clever. And the use of yellow really adds a light pop.
Design by Michele Aed