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I’m currently the only TA assigned to permanetly work the print desk on Saturdays, so last night I did 5 pages. Here’s one:

Here are the others:

And here’s a relatively quick masthead I worked up for the front. This semester, I’d like to create at least one with a fully-integrated photo (two layers, background and foreground.) We’ll see.


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January 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm


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This post doesn’t need a longer title. I’m back at work and can now show you my final infographics project from last semester (I posted some in-progress images of the cats last month) that ran in the Missourian last week – it’s a full page! The subject matter shouldn’t come as a surprise, if you know me.

Here’s another graphic from the Thanksgiving season (two smaller graphics combined into a full page), as well as another holiday-themed one that I never got to finish:

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January 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

little by little

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I went out to get soup last night and came back to find I had a new task. We decided going with an evaluative piece (which I cut down from ~70 inches) from the AP on page 3, which readers would see as soon as they opened the paper, rather than blaring the news on the front the day after (though we did run a floorboard tease). For this reason, I chose to go with a quiet, more refined presentation set off from the rest of the page by white space.

Mucho thanks to Josh Barone, who is the best sounding board a girl could ask for.

So far, no one else has run the cuddly iMac photo. Which I think is a shame. It’s my desire to propagate it across the web:

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October 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

away and around

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In a late effort to have more than four posts up for the month of July, here’s one of my favorite pages from this summer/this semester/ever:

Pretend that its also up on my portfolio. I wish we did more vertical floorboards/rails.

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July 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

“this is the second time i’ve gotten a beatles-inspired headline in the paper”

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WHAT A MESS. Tonight saw all of the content for page 1 coming in early … with the exception of the centerpiece. Or the photos that the centerpiece was to tease to. A necessary wait, but one that threatened to unravel EVERYTHING WE HAD WORKED FOR AND HELD DEAR!!!!!


Below you can see two 1A designs that I had. On the left is the one that sat around from about 7 p.m. onwards. It looks great, but the only problem: the photo was from Sunday (we don’t run a Monday issue) and made no sense to put out front on Tuesday. Bummer. The 1A on the right was made in a hasty attempt to accommodate a different shape of photo after photos finally came in at 10:30 (on a midnight deadline). It looks awful.

Some kvetching at photo got me another shot for the original configuration I had put together. Here’s the final front:

Not ~quite~ as magical as the first incarnation, but much better than version two. Luckily I thought to make a copy of the changing page elements that I could return to – even after InDesign crashed on me (sadly, this is the norm). Here’s the accompanying inside pages:

Before 10:30, all I had was the Aleppo Grotto story (originally presented a bit larger) and the fair calendar, along with some other photos from Sunday (none of which made it to the final layout).

Only regret: on page 4, I wish I had reversed the photo and the text for the magician story, moving the photo over the the right and vice versa. As a single page, it makes perfect sense. But when combined with page 5, it gets pushed to the center of the spread. I’m hoping that the gutter will provide enough white space to keep each looking separate and modular, which was the whole reason that I decided to work with two individual pages rather than one double truck. For three pages reconfigured after 10:30, though, not bad. If I can say that about myself.

So wordy!

So why haven’t you been hearing from me? Wait till Thursday …

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July 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

new wave

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Tonight I designed two pages on Friday’s final shuttle launch. The fact that we don’t have a Saturday issue means that we’re running the story a day later than virtually every other paper out there, so page 7 also features a retrospective article from the AP. I revisited and updated a Q&A format I used once back in February.

This was also the first time that I’d designed a series of pages appearing together that were not a doubletruck. Good challenge. I was also thinking of and very inspired by the Orlando Sentinel‘s special section on the shuttle program that came out earlier this week. See the whole section on Charles Apple’s blog here.

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July 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm