Journalism I Newseum Design Analysis — Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

In-class assignment for fifth-hour Journalism I for Tuesday, Nov. 29:

Visit the Today’s Front Pages Section of the Newseum at the following website:

http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/

Locate an example of a well-designed broadsheet newspaper front page from today in the gallery (you might look back at your Chapter 10 worksheet to review what constitutes a broadsheet newspaper).

Your front page must reflect all of the following design principles, so choose carefully:

  1. Dominance
  2. Consistency
  3. Contrast
  4. Proportion and/or Sequence
  5. Unity and/or Packaging
  6. Modular Design

Analyze your selected page, explaining how it incorporates each of the design principles mentioned above. In the Leave a Comment Section to the left, identify the name of the newspaper you have chosen to analyze and your name. Then, explain in 1-2 paragraphs how it incorporates the six design principles. Your analysis must be well written, well edited, and include appropriate design terminology (use the term “headline,” for example; not “title.”)

Again, do not forget your name and the name of the newspaper.

Worth: 20 points. Due today by the end of class today (Tuesday, Nov. 29)

Also, note, that your response will not automatically post to the site; I must approve it first.

 

 

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39 responses to “Journalism I Newseum Design Analysis — Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016”

  1. Maddy Miller says :

    Maddy Miller, The New York Times.
    This paper shows dominance by the photo at the top of the paper, this picture is the first thing that you look at when you see the paper. The paper is consistent by mainly having the same font/type throughout the entire paper. The modular design is throughout the whole paper in the pictures and the entire text and nameplate. The proportion is very good, no picture is to big or small and everything fits together well on this page. Lastly, the packaging and unity is good because all the pictures and text are spread out equally so no space on the page is to crowded.

  2. Christy Avery says :

    I have chosen to analyze the Anniston Star.
    It expresses dominance because there is a photo of a car driving in the rain, which is bigger than any other photo on the page. It is what the eye is most drawn to. The paper shows consistency because of font style and size, which are all the same. Contrast is achieved by using color photos and infographics. In this case, the infographic is blue, while the text is black and white, as is typical. There is also red lettering at the top of the page.
    The font size is the same, as well as the space between everything. This is an example of proportion/sequence. Unity and packaging are shown well because, for the most part, there is a photo with every article, and everything fits and is coherent and easy to read. The broadsheet also does well with modular design– one could draw rectangles around everything.

  3. Sophia Perigo says :

    Sophia Perigo period 6
    Chicago Tribune
    1. The image on the front page of the paper is of a park with the leaves on the ground and one person in a golf cart on the property
    2. All the headlines use serif type
    3. The quote in white text on the color picture
    4. It has a big picture and a good sized headline to go with it
    5. It has nice color you can clearly see what headline goes with what story
    6. You can draw a rectangle around every story

  4. Alexandra Scarber says :

    Alexandra Scarber
    I used the Merced Sun-Star that is from Merced California.
    The Merced Sun-Star contains dominance because the main visual element, a picture is 2,5 times larger than anthying else on the page. It is also dominant because it is what the eyes look at first. The page is consistent because there is the same amount of space between everything, such as text and white space. There is contrast because the nameplate has one word that is green which matches the green of the mans shirt in the dominant picture. The page has sequence because the story’s are in a logical order. The first story is on two girls that were abducted because that is the most important news. All of the other stories them follow in the order of their importance. The crossword puzzle isn’t on the front page because it is not the most important element of the newspaper. The paper contains unity because the margin is the same for each story except for one. The story that uses bastard measure is used to emphasize the importance of the story. The page uses modular design because rectangles can be drawn around each story.

  5. Hope Farvour says :

    Hope Farvour
    Name of Newspaper: The Decatur Daily
    This paper reflects dominance is the size of this image. How you see the woman in the yellow coat helping the young girl into a car carefully. This paper reflects consistency because it has a flow and everything is pretty much well-fitted. The contrast of this is very specific, you can tell how they don’t want you to focus on too many colors all at once but they wanted you to see the color in the size of the image. It evokes proportion because everything is just the right size and it all fits perfectly. It’s not all bunched up it has a flow and looks smooth. Modular design is used really well in this, you don’t see different shapes it’s all rectangular.

    • James E. Lang says :

      How specifically is everything “well-fitted”? Remember to mention consistent spacing — 1 pica — between elements. Good recognition that modular design is rectangular. Lang

  6. Abby Chovan says :

    Abby Chovan
    Fairbanks, Alaska

    Dominance: The picture of the snowy covered houses
    Consistency: the gutters
    Contrast: golden good morning sign
    Proportion and/or Sequence: Intense Cold Coming to the Interior
    Unity and/or Packaging: the fonts are similar
    Modular Design: RECTANGULAR shape to the page

  7. Abby Brown says :

    I decided to analyze the Anniston Star. Throughout this article, it displays dominance by using the large in-color photo of a car driving in the rain on the front page. The article displays consistency by using the same font throughout the story. It shows contrast within the colors of the photos and the black text. The article shows proportion by using the same font sizes and the same amount of space in the margin. The article uses unity by including a photo or infographic with each of the stories as well as it is easy to read. The article uses modular design by being able to draw rectangles around all of the words.

  8. Joey Bowling says :

    Joey Bowling
    Enterprise-Record
    Dominance: the DVE is the picture of a middle age white man helping an older white man. This is shown by the fact that it is 2.5 times larger than the other photos shown.
    Consistency: this is shown by the text being the same font
    Contrast: in the teaser, reverse text is used
    Proportion: the DVE is bigger than the rest of the photos because it has more weight
    Packaging: the information flows together and it is aesthetically pleasing
    Modular Desings: it fits in rectangles

  9. Alleson Estar says :

    Alleson Estar
    Los Angeles Times

    Dominance: The large colored photo of the woman grieving is the obvious DVE. It has color and is at least 2 1/2x larger than other things.

    Consistency: The gutters are all the same size, or picas.

    Contrast: One black and white photo in the middle of all the color photos,

    Sequence: Most important story is at the front.

    Unity: Margins are consistent

    Modular Design: All text is in rectangles

  10. Anna Haney says :

    I did the Newspaper Montogomery Advertiser.

    Dominance – The DVA of the newspaper would be the giant beaver in the beginning of the newspaper. It catches the readers attention more than the rest of the photographs on the page.
    Consistency – The articles flow well together, the story about the beavers going right beneath the beaver. The story of the football players was fasted aside by its own section, keeping the same story.
    Contrast – On the photograph of the beaver, the test is white oj the black background and finished by going back to a blocked black. This is an example of reverse text and definitely captures the attention of the reader.
    Proportion and/or Sequence – Sequences goes from importance. It starts with a story about the beavers into a second important story. The side story was made for more entertainment purposes and did not matter for importance.
    Unity and/or Packaging – The margins are made neatly.
    Modular Design – The stories are grouped into rectangular shapes all over the page, leaving a good blank space for each story.

  11. Peyton Rodgers says :

    The Tuscaloosa News. The picture in the middle of the girls in their red jackets is a good example of dominance that is shown. The use of the color red throughout the story shows consistency. Underneath the nameplate there is a red box with white letters. This shows contrast. The newspaper proportioned the pictures in a way that showed their importance to the story while staying consistent. They placed the sequence of the news based on most important stories are on the front and top.

  12. Haleigh Snider-Cooley says :

    Haleigh Snider-Cooley
    Newspaper: The New York Times
    An obvious use of dominance is used in today’s issue of The New York Times. Starting at the top of the page with a large photo of an upset woman showing her respects to her country. Consistency also plays out in the paper of the same text size and font throughout the paper. A contrast that is most common is the grey over white text. It draws your eyes to it, and also how they pulled the grey text from the picture at the of the page instead of using black text. Balance throughout the page is a little off, the two pictures aren’t balance with the same amount of text. The page uses sequence by putting the important stories on the front such as a country grieving, and a story about trump and his requests. Unity is used with the text color being pulled from one of the pictures, and the page uses modular design because everything is written or drawn in a rectangular shape.

  13. Hailey Janes says :

    Los Angeles Times Reflection

    The dominance on the first page of the Los Angeles Times is the photograph. Something that is consistent would be the font type, all of the font is the same except for the name plate. Contrast would be using a large headline. A form of proportion is how it a all flows together. For example, all of the columns are the same size. This makes it look very proportioned and well organized. It is a broadsheet newspaper, it is a rectangle. The packaging is very well organized and it is using the same amount of picas to separate everything. The modular design is a broadsheet.

    Hailey Janes, Period 6

  14. Hailey Janes says :

    Los Angeles Times Reflection

    The dominance on the first page of the Los Angeles Times is the photograph. Something that is consistent would be the font type, all of the font is the same except for the name plate. Contrast would be using a large headline. A form of proportion is how it a all flows together. For example, all of the columns are the same size. This makes it look very proportioned and well organized. It is a broadsheet newspaper, it is a rectangle. The packaging is very well organized and it is using the same amount of picas to separate everything. The modular design is a broadsheet.
    Hailey Janes, Period 6

  15. Faith English says :

    Faith English
    Name of Newspaper: The Bakersfield Californian
    1. Dominance: The page shows dominance very well because there is a photo that is much larger than anything else shown on the page. It is placed appropriately and shows that the photo and story need to be looked at and are the most important.
    2. Consistency: The page is consistent because it uses sans-serif font for everything except for the nameplate. It has everything organized neatly and the font stays consistent. Also, the color used for the background behind the nameplate is consistent with the most dominant color in the dominant photo. It also has a picture of a woman at the bottom wearing a color shirt consistent with the rest of the page.
    3. Contrast: They were very successful in achieving contrast on this page because they used reverse text, and also achieved contrast when they decided to make the title and photo of the main story larger than everything else on the page. One more thing that helped this staff achieve contrast was that they used sans-serif font for everything except for the nameplate.
    4. Sequence: They sequenced everything very well in making the photo/story that they believed was the most important the largest and most dominant thing on the cover of the newspaper.
    5. Unity: The flow of the page works very well because they kept the font consistent and unified the photos and colors they used to make it more visually appealing. They made use of white space which help to not overcrowd the page, making it more visually appealing for their readers. I did not want to turn the page as soon as I set my eyes on it.
    6. Modular Design: Everything is set in rectangles. I could draw a rectangle at the top around the nameplate and a couple of things surrounding it, I could draw a rectangle around the most dominant photo, I could draw a rectangle around the most dominant headline, I could also do the same for the story part of it, and for all of the other stories and pictures on the page.

  16. Tyler Milliner says :

    Tyler Milliner
    Name of newspaper: The Honolulu star advertiser
    Dominance is shown by the large image of Pearl Harbor. Consistency is shown by the pica measurement between all text. Contrast is shown by reverse text over an image. Proportion is shown by the graphics being large or small in accord with importance and the text matched size with the graphic they were paired with. Unity is shown by graphics matching the text underneath them. Modular design is shown by everything being organized rectangularly.

  17. Destiny Love says :

    The Los Angeles Times

    Destiny Love

    Dominance: The photo of the woman kissing her hand next to the casket shows dominance. The photo is two times larger than the other photos on the page and the photo is in color.

    Consistency: The nameplate is consistent as well as the white space in the gutters of each page.

    Contrast: There are many colored photos with just one black and white photo. The page also has different font sizes next to each other.

    Sequence: On the front page they show the stories that are the most important with the best photos.

    Unity: The margins stay consistent.

    Modular Design: The nameplate, photos, and stories are in rectangular shapes.

  18. Brooke Miller says :

    Brooke Miller
    Period 5

    The Enterprise Ledger

    The very first thing a person sees when they look at the front page of “The Enterprise Ledger,” is a large action shot of the EHS basketball team scoring a basket, with the headline “EHS Hoopsters Open With Big Win.” This is a very good example of dominance because, the image shows us how important this article will be since it so clearly stands out. This also shows good consistency. The headline represents the big win, which will most likely be a big topic in the community. They put this topic on the front page because it is important to the community, high school, and the people living there. Throughout the paper, they used the same serif font, which shows very good consistency. Also, every article is very well organized and seems to flow throughout the story.

    Unity is well represented as well. The color of the headlines are chosen by the colors in the picture. One headline is orange because, there are orange flags waving in the picture. This front page follows modular design very well. The page is in rectangular forms and the text match up to each other. Contrast is shown by deciding the headlines size based off of the picture. There were no examples of reverse text.

  19. Meg Edwards says :

    I looked at The Anniston Star to find the design principles. The headline was very bold and drew me towards it. The headline was in large cursive letters at the top of the page labeling it as “The Anniston Star.” It was in very large font deplaying DOMINANCE over the whole paper. After exculding the main headline of the page the rest was very consistent. All the fonts and font sizes were either the same or very similar. Though the page did have contast. The caption under a large picture in the “Rain Returns to County” article stands out not only because of the font size but also the font style. All text on the page is very plain Jane and small with serif fonts but the san-serif, bold font draws attention to its contrast.
    Proportion wise, the large photo for the article “Rain Returns to County” is larger to draw more attention to it. The large rectangular photo also matches the packaging for the article. The rectangular theme helps the packaging of the paper along with the modular design.

  20. Adam Hynes says :

    Adam Hynes, Eureka Times Standard
    The newspaper shows dominance large picture in the middle, with many different colors. It shows contrast by coloring some separate parts of the page the same as the picture. It shows consistency by having the same font for every headline on the pages. The newspaper shows unity by having some other graphics and text the same color as the pictures. It has modular design by having every story or column in separate rectangles. It shows proportion by making the most important picture bigger and the rest smaller.

  21. Jonah Heitz says :

    The Bakersfield Californian displays dominance with a picture of voters at the polls that went with a story on the presidential recount. There was consistency with the size of the gutters being one pica each. The newspaper showed contrast with very large bold text being directly next to smaller text that pertain per to the same story. Sequence was shown with the story on the presidential vote recount being on the front page as more people care about the election. Unity is present in the fact that both stories that are have bolded headlines are connected to politics. Modular design is shown because it is possible to draw a rectangle around the nameplate, the recount story, the terrorism teaser along with the other teasers.

  22. Felicia Mou says :

    Felicia Mou
    Name of newspaper: Monterey Herald
    The dominance shown on this page of the Monterey Herald is incorporated by the larger dominant photo located in the middle of the page that shows people and a Christmas tree. It is most eye catching using it as it’s used as a dominant visual element. Consistency is shown by keeping the same amount of space between all the elements on this page and by also keeping the same size font as the text for their stories. There is contrast by using bolded font for their headlines and the caption of the dominant photo is typed in a bastard measure because its text is printed wider than the other paragraphs on this page. The dominant photo shows contrast by taking the photo at night while the Christmas tree is glowing with Christmas lights. The page is sequenced by showing the most recent news of the Ohio State University attack on the top of the page. Unity is incorporated by the red color of subheads that separate the different stories that match the same red color in the folio, teasers at the bottom, and in the photos. You are able to draw a rectangle around any element on this page which shows modular design used by the Monterey Herald.

  23. thefcbagpiper says :

    Robert Wormley

    The Press-Enterprise

    Dominance
    The most dominant elements are the photo and display headline. The photo is definitely the largest(of two) and more than twice the size of the display headline.

    Consistency
    The page is very consistency with usage of the same fonts and fonts sizes throughout the entire page. As far as overall consistency, I really don’t know without looking at the whole paper and previous issues of the publication.

    Contrast
    The stark contrast of the display headline and single large photo(excluding the one at the bottom). Headlines pull quotes and photos are well used to add the overall contrast. The headlines achieve this contrast in good use of size, bolding and versions of the same font.

    Proportion and/or Sequence
    Proportion of headline sizes works exceptionally well along with the proportion of photos. Sequence of stories flows well.

    Unity and/or Packaging
    Packing works very well with the sequence of stories, which stories were chose to be on the front page and the order which they-they ordered.

    Modular Design
    It all fits into rectangles, small rectangles, big rectangles, even medium sized rectangles.

  24. Emma Blevens says :

    Emma Blevens
    Period 5

    The newspaper I chose was the Waterloo Courier from Waterloo, Iowa USA. This paper showcases dominance with their large picture off a tornado in Northeast Iowa, it is much larger than anything else on the page. It has consistency with its gutters even (same amount of white space in between text). It displays contrast with the reverse type (white text on black background). Proportion is shown on this page where the fact that there was a tornado near them is bigger or more important than anything else. Unity is displayed on this page due to the blue color being drawn from the picture and put elsewhere on the page. Modular design is on this paper because you can draw rectangles around everything.

  25. Tristin Thieneman says :

    I used the article Suprafriends
    Dominance is shown by a larger photo
    Consistency is shown by staying on the subject
    Contrast is shown by the friendship of the friends
    Proportion was shown by pica use
    Unity was shown by the friendship
    And modular design was shown by the organazation

  26. Sam Wilson says :

    The Chicago Tribune demonstrates dominance with a large photograph near the center of the page. Consistency is shown by using the same font in the paragraphs. An example of contrast is shown near the bottom of the page, the two photographs. One photograph is of a man who is mourning the Ohio stabbing, while next to it is a photograph of a woman and a girl smiling at each other. By using a similarly-sized photo to accompany the headline, The Chicago Tribune also has proportion. The margins are uninterrupted and consistent, a good example of packaging. And finally, The Chicago Tribune shows modular design because everything is rectangular, from the text and the headlines, to the photographs and the nameplate.

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