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Panpa Bulletin : July 2007
PANPA Bulletin July 2007 31 Anyone who has ever hung wallpaper will immediately appreciate the meaning of the phrase: "Busy as a one-armed paper-hanger." And the phrase certainly describes most small-newspaper editors I've met. They are editors, reporters, managers, designers, receptionists, photographers, IT specialists, plate makers, fixers of copy machines, brewers of coffee, watchdogs, servants of the public. Along with all of that, they get to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Oh ... and empty the garbage. And bring in the dog. And put out the cat. It's no wonder they have little time to pay attention to the nuances of design. And finesse? Not a chance. Perhaps some of the following sugges- tions will help as you commit the act of design: Use keyboard shortcuts They were created to help you and you can learn them as you go. Sure, you're going to fumble once in a while and have to revert to using the mouse. But over the long haul, keyboard shortcuts give you speed and power over your pagination program. Create templates. The more, the better -- your page 1 template can carry design items (the nameplate, the UPC code, the index, etc.) that you won't need on an inside page. On the inside pages, you'd place a folio, a page label, a standing head, etc. Create style sheets These are especially critical to your typography but you can also create object styles (such as a photo frame with runa- round) in InDesign. This shouldn't take you more than a spare hour or two. But then, you gotta create a spare hour or two (more on that next month in "The one-armed paper-hanger editor-designer part 2." Create libraries y But there also are items you'll want to place in separate libraries, such as sports logos and business charts. The more, the better -- provided you insist that the master library be kept up to date. Keep it simple Your design of page one doesn't need to be perfect -- it just needs to be easy to follow. There's no need to do and redo and rethink and rework. Use what you know works for your readers. Don't sweat the small stu Kick out the smaller inside pages quickly. Get them out of the way so you have the time you'll need to devote to page one. Copy and paste If you're missing an element from your library or style sheets, go to a page where you recently used that element and copy and paste it to your page. No need to recre- ate the element when you've already got it in your files. Some of these are simple steps. Elementary. Perhaps so---but they can save you critical time when you're up against deadline. And it's a fact of life for small newspaper editors that you're always up against deadline. Next month: What you can do as an edi- tor to give yourself the time to be a better designer. If this column has been helpful, you'll find more help in Ed's book, Henninger on Design. Find out more about Henninger on Design by visiting Ed's website: www.hen- ningerconsulting.com ED HENNINGER is an independent newspaper consultant and the Director of Henninger Consulting, which provides newspaper design services including redesigns, workshops, training and evaluations. E-mail: email@example.com or visit www.henningerconsulting.com. The one-armed paper-hanger editor-designer part 1 Following some simple steps and housekeeping procedures will bene t editors having to multiskill as designers, writes Ed Henninger A master library of all elements is a must. But there are also items you'll want to place in separate libraries, such as sports logos and business charts. The more, the better -- provided you keep the master library up-to-date. Your design of page one doesn't need to be perfect -- it just needs to be easy to follow. There's no need to do and redo and rethink and rework. Use what you know works for your readers ... Kick out the smaller pages quickly. Get them out of the way so you have the time you'll need to devote to page one. A master library of all elements is a must. design matters
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