05.17.18: Ruling it out
THE DESIGN of rule-above standing heads can occasionally create a look you might not like. It’s not the standing head itself that’s the problem, but how that standing head works with other elements on the page.
Take, for example, the placement of a standing head under a cutoff rule for the story above. If the standing head carries an overline (see 1, above), then it seems there’s just one rule too many.
Do you drop the cutoff rule? Sure…you can do that (see 2). I advise my clients with rule-above standing heads to do just that.
Or…if it’s really bothersome and you’d like to avoid having to deal with the problem at all, then go for a new design (see 3) for your standing heads.