When I first open any newspaper, magazine or other publication, I flip quickly from the front cover to the back, taking in the overall feel of the publication and the message it conveys visually. At its core, that is what design should do, show the reader what to expect before they dive into even the first story.
In ninth grade, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t think I would even have to design anything. But as my time on staff has progressed, designing has become my favorite stage of every cycle, my opportunity to break the mold of our “typical” feel in order to find intriguing, attention-grabbing designs that still fit with the theme of our newspaper or magazine. When I was sports editor, ESPN was my first stop for inspiration, supplemented by Pinterest and a few other platforms that showed some of the best design in the world, now available with just a few taps on a mouse. This year, it’s a little bit of everything.
Here’s a look at my design work from the past four years.
Page One Design
Tabloid Design — Interior Pages
Tabloid Design continued: Making Changes
During my year as sports editor, we continually looked for a more reader- and newspaper-friendly way to package, the “Wrap-Ups” page, which provides an update on the success and progress of every varsity sport currently in season. Below on the left is the old version, and on the right is the new version. Below both images is a comprehensive explanation of the changes I made.
After talking to dozens of readers about our older design, I was able to glean two key takeaways from the response. The first was that they loved the large photos (when they were interesting), but the second was that the page was very hard to follow, which can be seen in the way in which the text and photos are arranged on the left.
So in the next issue, I created the page on the right. Each sports gets its own column and small photo, allowing the reader an easier experience when it comes to digesting the information. At the top of the page, I added one dominant photo, but any particularly striking action shots can be added to other pages as “wild art,” a stand-alone graphic with its own caption. Also on the right, I was able to save space, enabling me to add in more information on the previous season’s results without compromising the current season’s updates.
A New Philosphy: ENDZONE Sports Magazine
Last year, one senior had the idea to create an entirely new publication for the sports junkie in our community. So we started from scratch, hoping to create a concept the community would latch onto. At the end of the year, the first Endzone Sports Magazine was released. It quickly became one of the most read publications in the history of The ReMarker, as our community — as centered around sports as a typical Texas high school — flocked to our new, entirely sports-centered magazine.
Scroll through the gallery below to see the magazine in its entirety.