While working at the Missourian Newspaper, I designed a number of front pages and centerpieces. Typically, I would receive the top story a couple days ahead and do the design work for that story beforehand. On the night before the paper would go to press, I would sit with the editors and place the remaining stories, photos and graphics and do all of the styling as the stories came in before deadline. As result, I learned how to work quickly and design on my toes.
This story was a well-written narrative with several “man on the streets” interviews. The only art was portraits. So, I chose to run three portraits of those affected by the curfew with their opinions.
This story had no real compelling art except for one very large graphic. When I came across the quote, the idea of using a monopoly them came to mind and I ran with it.
This was the first newspaper cover I ever designed. It was a challenge for the first day, but my photography background informed my spread. The most difficult challenge was getting the reader to follow the flow of the voting process.
This story came together very well. The photo was dramatic and demanded large play. And Starr’s quotes completed the picture. I had considered making Starr’s profile a file folder but, instead, opted to keep it simple.