Big photos = big-time sports design

It seems like a terribly poor decision by Sports Illustrated to eliminate its photo staff, especially since the magazine boasts about visuals in its title. In fact, S.I. photographers have captured some of the most iconic photos in sports. I thought about this even more during the weekend after reviewing sports designs related to Ernie Banks’ death a few days ago. The lesson: Great design relies on great visuals. Too many newspapers cram a bunch of small photos onto a page, often without much rhyme nor reason. Whenever possible, use big photos and large headlines. A little white space never hurts, either. Neither does reading this website by the world’s foremost designer, Mario Garcia. Anyway, here are a few simple, elegant designs to consider when planning your own sports sections.

Mr Cub great designBanks front page

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About jgisondi

I am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.
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