FARGO, N.D. – Well-known and highly regarded newspaper design expert Charles Apple again signaled out The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead for a well designed Page A1 today in his blog titled “Five notable Obamacare/shutdown front pages. And one I don’t like at all … .”
“Yes, this has been done before. But it’s still a fairly fresh way to signal ‘shutdown’ without using the Capitol building or a ‘Sorry, we’re closed,’ sign,” he wrote above an image of The Forum’s Page A1.
Below the image of the paper’s front page, he finished with: “Note how the two little icons below match the red of the shutoff symbol. Most of us would be tempted to keep the little U.S. flag in its natural colors. The only downside on this page that I can find: The clumsy wording of the refer. Say ‘inside’ or ‘back page,’ but not both.”
The other front pages he shouted out to were from The Washington Post’s Express tabloid, the Las Vegas Sun, the Virginian-Pilot and the Northwestern of Oshkosh, Wis. He also mentioned that he was not a fan of the very much talked about cover that appeared on New York’s Daily News tabloid, despite the cover being lauded by many other media critics.
The Forum is becoming a regular mention on Apple’s blog. We’ve posted here before when The Forum appeared on it, and there’s been at least one other time in recent months, that news of The Forum’s front page appeared on Apple’s blog because he liked it.
Apple, a longtime newspaper designer and blogger, wrote about the proliferation of newspaper front pages today that dealt with the topic of the federal government shutdown. The former graphics director of the Virigina-Pilot and the Des Moines (Iowa) Register, also did consultant work around the world, now is the Focus page editor of the Orange County (Calif.) Register and blogs daily about newspaper design.
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co., which is a multimedia information company based in Fargo. FCC owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.