What’s Next – Petrie

Here’s the Public Editor’s column in the Sunday New York Times from last week, where reader mail is answered. It discusses issues facing page designers as well as the separation between advertisement and news desks in a newsroom. It shows how ad placement can distract, and even ruin, even the best articles.

This blog post from freelance visual journalist Charles Apple discusses how a newspaper can make a powerful statement with its front page design. This small paper, the Daily Herald from Everett, Wash., decided the addition of a new aircraft carrier was important enough to supersede its nameplate on the front page. It shows how using design can portray the importance of news, specifically on a local scale.

This is the Sunday front page of The Kansas City Star. Its unique display of its nameplate and the use of color in the content description both add a modern, sleek feel, as the page looks like a website. The use of art in the center of the page draws the reader to the article and gives the story a feeling of importance.

This is the travel section to the front page of The Sun-Sentinel that describes a series of stories about places Floridians can vacation to in their own state. The many oranges forming the state’s outline is a creative way for readers to notice an article they may feel they don’t need, and the reference to the fruit the state is known for is a creative touch.

Andrew Petrie