While working at the Missourian Newspaper, I designed a number of sports front and internal pages. On the night before the paper would go to press, I would sit with the editors and design the front page story as well as place the remaining stories, photos and graphics and do all of the styling as the stories came in before deadline. Often, we were waiting for photos to come in from assignments they had shot that same night. As result, I learned how to work quickly and design on my toes.
After some negotiations with photo, we managed to secure the dominant photograph. I wanted to do an interesting type treatment that played up the golf green. After some brainstorming and playing, the copy editors and I came up with this.
This is a remake of a sports page that was originally not very successful. Because of the debate over whether it’s ‘ok’ to put text over photos, we opted not to go this route. Still, I think that there are some photos that you should never put text on and others from which text won’t detract. This is an example of the latter.
This was my first attempt at creating a sports page. We wanted to feature the Bruin’s ‘star player.’ I decided to go with the less conventional photo. I think the presence of the fencing is a confounding variable that breaks the fourth wall and involves the reader in the action.
When the lower two photographs came in stacked on top of one another, I knew that I wanted to play off of the idea of a sequence. I wanted to emphasize the square shape, like a rubic’s cube. It too some serious brainstorming to get the headline to work.