24 Hours of poor design choices


Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

I know it’s a thing that’s done fairly regularly by all sorts of papers, including ones with award winning design like The Globe and Mail, but can’t we all just agree that the front page banner headline over top of a completely unrelated photograph is kind of terrible?

Walking past a 24 Hours [24h] box on the street you see the headline “Child drug mules” in large bold letters and then below it a picture of the new Vancouver Canadians logo. Our local semi-pro baseball team is running a ring of child drug mules? What?

If I were the Canadians’ press officer I’d be pretty annoyed by the implied association. Of course the argument is that there is no implied association intended, but with design like this how can it be helped?

I know I know. They have this nice picture of the new logo, but gosh they want readers to know that there are underaged drug mules somehow destroying the city, so what can they do? Make a rational editorial choice?

Hells no.

Put at least one of the stories in the feature boxes at the top? Well then how will they advertise the fact that they know who that Scarlett Johansson is maybe (or maybe not) marrying?

Some people just shouldn’t be allowed near Quark, let alone InDesign.

2 Comments so far

  1. Wrenkin (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

    Who gave the Globe an award? Was it for their new “people will read our paper if it looks like the Internet” design?

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 8:37 pm


    My theory is that pretty much any major newspaper will win a design award from someone eventually. I do however tend to like the Globe’s design far more than any of the local papers, and more than the National Post.

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