2012 NSPA Design of the Year Winners
Newspaper Page One
Judge's comments: Just fabulous. The illustration here is brilliant, and well-executed. The black-and-red combination is stunning and powerful. And then the designer did not try to clutter the rest of the page with refers or bold type. The background stays quiet, since the illustration is so loud. Great balance. Great page!
Judge's comments: Of all the photo illustration covers, this one was extremely well done. The monster drink on the desk was a subtle touch, but helped deliver the point beautifully. I thought the amount of text on the cover was just right as well; gave me a good read on the story, simply. Outstanding.
Judge's comments: Love, love, love this illustration. Just so well done, and the integration with the headline is superb.This truly stood out from the crowd.
Judge's comments: Very nicely executed photo-illustration. Nice concept. I would have liked a little more text on the cover to help explain what the story was about, though — and we didn't really need to cut off part of the headline for the page number. But overall, a strong page.
Judge's comments: Best of the photo entries. Clean images, well edited, and cropped dramatically. Love the minimalist approach to the typography as well on the page — not a lot of papers showed that kind of restraint this year.
Judge's comments: Again, excellent photo use. You really can't take your eyes off the image. Very bold concept; good execution.
Judge's comments: Tough subject, with a clever solution. Good work.
Judge's comments: Interesting story, and an interesting concept for illustrating it.
Judge's comments: The concept is simple and well done. Neat way to tell that story!
Judge's comments: I actually started reading this story. I just had to. The photo and the text were highly engaging.
Judge's comments: So well done. The text grabbed me immediately, and the imagery was perfect. An excellent example of a good concept taken to another level by outstanding execution. Great work!
Judge's comments: Simple and strong. The use of open space lets the page breathe, and the whole concept works because of it. Good restraint.
Judge's comments: Simple, and powerful. The subtle touches of color are intriguing, and well done.
Judge's comments: The color execution here is really strong. Just enough, without going over the top. AND there's type to help you understand why this represents the story!
Judge's comments: Good illustration, nicely done.
Judge's comments: Framed nicely. The face grabs you, and the text helps pulls you in.
Judge's comments: Excellent use of secondary art and captions to support the dominant photograph.
Judge's comments: Excellent use of typography and color to support the photography on the spread. Lots of energy in the design.
Judge's comments: Excellent use of photographs to make the spread reader friendly. A fun spread for the readers and viewers of this yearbook.
Judge's comments: Good use of a color dominant and secondary photographs on the spread to balance the black and white images. Headline is clean , simple and easily leads you into the text.
Judge's comments: Good use of a dominant image that is supported by strong typography that has a similar energy level to the action in the photograph.
Judge's comments: A strong dominant image anchors the spread with good supporting art to tell the story. Clever headline designs for the main and secondary packages.
Judge's comments: Good use of a dominant image to support the secondary images and text on the spread. Pleasing color palette in the type to work with the images.
Judge's comments: Good use of secondary photography to support the headlines, text and main image in the spread. A clean and very active spread.
Judge's comments: Fun use of the type on the spread to balance a strong image. Good use of the secondary color on the spread.
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