MARCUS OFFERS US a couple of pages, along with some wisdom about not “reinventing the wheel” when you have a particular design you want to create.
The focus of this design was the University of Tennessee’s search for a new coach after the firing of Derek Dooley in November. I’ve placed the Sports front page below, for reference.
FROM MARCUS: This was how we decided to tackle the long timeline. I won’t pretend it’s a new approach, but by utilizing some of our basic library items as the key components, it doesn’t require one designer with hours to spare and plenty of notice. In this case, we were able to put it together rather quickly with the normal Sunday afternoon staff. We had the pdf done early enough that we actually sent it out to all our sister papers in state so they could use it and place their own copy (and in some cases they used ours in their style) in the news hole inside the timeline. It’s not anything fancy but the reason I wanted to share was that for breaking news, you generally have the pieces for something clean and effective in your inDesign library already without having to call people in or reinventing a wheel or digging through old indds looking for that thing you did that time that might be manipulated to work here.
FROM ED: I really like what you did with the timeline. The clockwise progression works perfectly and the photos really bring visual interest to the package. I’m not taken with the heavy, dark frames on the orange line and the triangles, though. I suggest something like this in the future:
And…I am sooo there with your point about libraries and squirreling away things you’ve created for possible use in the future. Nicely done!