Sunday, February 6, 2011

The opportunity to do something cool

I feel like I have gotten the opportunity to do some pretty cool thigns at work recently. I know know if I was in a slump the past two months or something, but these past couple weeks have been pretty productive/creative.

On Saturday, my 1A was to include two 60+ inch stories, both with file art or art of buildings. The lead story wasn't an issue. The information (about the Savannah Harbor deepening) was the most important part. It was the "100 days" Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal story with which I got be creative. I searched AP images for the perfect photo of Deal, and I decided on a profile shot with the American flag in the foreground. Yes, it is a little cheesy, but he also had the perfect facial expression. He wasn't too happy with himself, and he looks like he's determined. That was the whole meaning behind the article, too.

I left the Deal package a bit airy, as to simplify its meaning. Looking back, I could have given the text even more space away from Deal's face, too. I really like the simplicity and elegance I achieved. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Time equals ... better pages

Tonight I got some time to actually think about a design before I slap it on the page. I'm not saying that thought doesn't go into my work, though. It's just that some days, you follow the template, and some days, you get to do a bit of designing.

We focused on the snow storm (snowpocalypse, anyone?) that has hit more than 1/3 of the US. Fortunately, it hasn't affected us here in Savannah. The was kind of the lure of the story. Were we rubbing it in the Midwest's face? Maybe. But you guys can laugh at us when a hurricane comes barreling through the Pacific and covers the city with 12 feet of water. Here's the finished product:

On a somewhat related note, I want to commend the Columbia Missourian on their continuous online coverage of the snowpocalypse. They have had photos, video, graphics and user-submitted stuff they have been posting all day long. I'm excited to see their front page tomorrow, too. (If it gets out, that is. The Tulsa World announced earlier today that they wouldn't be publishing a newspaper Wednesday for the first time in their history.)

UPDATE: Newseum actually picked up my 1A again last night! Check out their Top Ten to see the best of Feb. 2!