The Lake Sun fornt page from Thursday has some fun and interesting visuals.
Readers, I'm sure, had a tough time ignoring the main package on this front. The heat story includes a verticle photo taken by page designer Eric Dundon. The image size allowed for the headline to sit nicely and kind of wrap around the sun. It appears the image was shot solely to illustrate the heat story. Not a bad idea at all. The only thing I'd do do differently is identify the person in the photo — especially if only one person is in the photo. If an illustration is the goal, look for another option.
Below the photo are two stories that jump inside. The space is tight here, so I'd argue for moving one of the story inside and refer to it from the front. Doing so would allow for a better story start out front.
My favorite element on this page is the time-lapse photos of the egg frying inside a vehicle. Yes, we've all seen stories about this, but it's not often done this way with photos beging snapped every so often. Love it!
About the packaging, the content in the top three quarters of the page is about the heat. The position of the main headline, though, gives this package a disjointed look. Running the headline across the 5-column package would have made the collection of content look more like a comprehensive package.
Really nice page!
Joe Greco is corporate design director for GateHouse Media.
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