Nice dominant photo by staff photographer Pat Burk anchors this fine front page. Staff writer David Hutton tells the story of Connie Dennison who lost 86 pounds by changing her lifestyle.
The size of the photo and how it's used really give this page big impact.
I'm not sold on the decision to display so much type on the photo. Here's why:
• The headline is fragmented by the the image of the woman.
• The quote and the cutline are are not symmetrical as is the rest of the type.
• With so much type on the photo, the overall visual feels disconnected from the secondary headline and the story below.
• The type in four locations on this otherwise clean photo makes the package appear cluttered.
I wonder if this pckage could have been treated like a large content promotion with the story running in full inside. Doing so could have allowed a more natural, deeper crop to the photo, as this appears to have been cropped more tightly on top and bottom. There's not a whole heckuva lot of story out there to begin with, so moving it inside would not have hurt the package at all.
Still, though, this is a fantastic way to use a good local photo. Play it large was the right call. Keeping it clean would have made it better.
Joe Greco is corporate design director for GateHouse Media.
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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