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.

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