Best. Headline. Ever?
One Reddit user and a ton of other folks on the “Funny” subreddit seem to think so. We won’t make such a bold claim, but we’ll nonetheless give a big tip of the hat to the metro team (particularly Joe Serna) for the keen pun use.
So most people have a very vague sense of what a news designer does on a day to day basis, but it’s mostly because most news designers do lots of things depending on where they work.
It’s especially tough in today’s industry because designers and copy editors aren’t strictly content producers, so often we are placed on the lowest rung of the journalism totem pole.
To combat this, to prove our worthwhileness if you will, we need to be masters of multitasking - listening to the scanner, pumping out illustrations and graphics on the fly, be headline writing geniuses, speed demons, everything and more.
I developed crazy newsroom eyes early in my career as a news designer at Texas Woman’s University.
I know I produce a lot of pages and content in my current position, but thinking back to the newsrooms of my past it’s a little bit crazy to take the time and really think about exactly how much I’m doing compared to I was back then.
Am I doing too much? I don’t know. Probably, but so is every other newsperson I know.
In an effort to clarify what I do specifically (and probably provide some sort of catharsis for my crazy work life) I thought I’d try and write out what I do exactly, page count and all, on every given day of my work week.
It’s also worth mentioning that I guess I’m not your average page designer. My official title is assistant presentation editor and I’m a salaried employee and as part of my job description I have more responsibilities. Mostly though, I’m just a page designer.
Trust us, the minute we figure out how to develop a true scratch-n-sniff cover, you guys will be the first to know.
June issue drops next week. Start making your guesses at who made the list and get your antacids ready. It’s gonna be a beautiful summer.
All I want are all typefaces to be made out of BBQ sauce.
Reflection after the rescue
Forum, May 12, 2013
Mary Lou Sneyd, designer; Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator
After a week to percolate, our editorial writers weigh in on what Cleveland can — and should — learn from the remarkable return of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from a decade of captivity.
Nice to see a return of former PD columnist (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Connie Schultz to our pages, if only for a guest appearance.
Andrea’s illustration ties in beautifully with those she did to accompany Joanna Connors’ powerful page one Mother’s Day essay. See those pages here.
To read all Plain Dealer coverage, watch video or see additional photographs, go here.
inside New York Times Mag (US)
New York Times Magazine carries an ace blog called “The 6th Floor” and i just read their inside story about designing their upcoming cover by art director Gail Bichler
A great read for e’body interested in cover design!
Next sundays cover New York Times Mag
Artwork by James Joyce.
Hugo Lindgren: editor
Arem Duplessis: Design Director
Gail Bichler: Art Director
Kathy Ryan: Director of Photography
Deputy Art Director: Caleb Bennett
Designers: Hilary Greenbaum, Sara Cywnar, and Drea Zlanabitnig