’s hometown got to see the Atlanta-based graphic designer’s pages run in their own The Index-Journal (Greenwood, S.C.). It’s one of 16 newspapers that have reached out to republish two of Apple’s full-page coronavirus graphics — one science piece and one on how to keep kids busy at home — that
he made available for use last week
What prompted you and your editor to share the pages with other news organizations?
It occurred to me that we ought to pass it forward. The editor of the Spokesman-Review, Rob Curley, encouraged me to do that, so we both sent out notes on social media. The hope is that smaller papers that don’t have resources to create material like this can pick it up and use it.
The pages you create are information-dense and reader-friendly. What advice would you share with journalists attempting to achieve the same user impact with their own stories and visuals as coronavirus coverage continues?
Designing a page that’s reader friendly can be a real trick — especially because the more dense you make the page, the more overwhelming it is for a reader. One of my tricks: I make a list of the four or five main points I want to make each time and then I plan my space to emphasize those main points.
For the coronavirus topic, all this is extra-difficult because the information is so complex and there is a lot of incorrect or downright false material out there. You want to make sure you’re drawing from reliable sources.