Rookies make mistakes 12/12/17

By Ed Henninger

Let's face it: If you have a "new kid" doing design on your staff ... well, you'll have some design mistakes in your paper from time to time.

It takes a while – perhaps months – for the design rookie to learn what works and what doesn't. And during that time, he'll do some things that may make you cringe. It's OK – as long as you work with him to make sure he doesn't repeat them.

Here are "Top 10" mistakes you can watch for – and correct:

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Is your 'designer' a designer? 11/14/17

By Ed Henninger

How do you tell if your "designer" really is a designer? Here are some of the things I'd look for.

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Get ready for college basketball with ready-to-use paginated conference pages 10/17/17

College basketball is right around the corner. Is your newspaper ready? Conference coverage planned? New ad revenue booked?

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Design is: How it works 10/10/17

By Ed Henninger

Readers want a newspaper that looks right ... and feels right. They want the look and feel of their paper to reflect their community.

But what they want most of all is for their newspaper to work right for them.

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What they said 9/26/17

By Ed Henninger

During the past few years, I've used quotes about newspapers to lead off my weekly blog updates. Those of you who follow the blog will recognize some of these. Those of you who don't ... well, here's what some people say about who we are and what we do!

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Taking a closer look at your design: Part 2 8/22/17

By Ed Henninger
Last month's column focused on design critiques: working at improving your design by taking a look at what you've recently done.

I suggested then that those critiques be done every quarter ... at least every six months.

In that column, I offered a laundry list of those elements that need to be reviewed during the critiques. This column focuses on how to conduct the critiques. How do they work? Who's in charge? MORE

Taking a closer look at your design: Part 1 7/17/17

By Ed Henninger

I suggest a design critique every quarter ... at least every six months. Go longer than that and you risk an erosion of your design style.

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College football nears 6/27/17

GateHouse Media is offering conference-focused weekly preview pages to give your coverage and sales effort great support all season long.

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Dominant photo is a basic of sports front design 6/12/17

By Ed Henninger

When too many photos of like size are placed on your sports page, it's difficult for readers to know which of the packages is more important. There's no focus – each package calls for attention with the same "visual volume" as those around it.

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60 inches? No visual? Unacceptable 5/9/17

By Ed Henninger

Poll after study after survey tells us readers will not read a story that's more than 15-20 inches long. They just won't.

So, what do you think they'll do with a story that's 60 inches long? With no visual.

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