After seeing my school's paper go to crap since leaving the team (as a photographer and assistant designer) a few years ago I decided to give it a complete overhaul. From the column structure to the typography, everything was changed.
The new layout is much more modular, allowing production night to go much smoother. If a last-minute story needs to slide in somewhere, the 4-column layout allows for easy maneuverability on-the-fly.
You'll also notice the layout is rather "flat" in most regards. With a focus on clean type and large images, I wanted the readers to be able to focus on the content in the most visually appealing manner possible.
Verlag Condensed, Avenir Next, and Mercury were my typefaces of choice. They work extremely well together with each having their specific uses within the layout.
I didn't have much time to dedicate to it, as I was starting two other projects during the week of this, but for 15 hours of work from idea to finished design, I'll take it. Also, the fact it's made with horrible printers on newsprint gives each color a bit of variance, despite having exactly the same CMYK recipe.
I'll probably throw up another detail shot of the design soon, but for now I figured I'd tease you with this.
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