Colin Smith, managing editor for innovation at the Daily Sun of the Villages, Fla., writes:
I thought I’d pass along this front page we published today in The Villages Daily Sun. It was super-enjoyable to put together, and it was the first front page I’ve done in a while — it’s definitely the most fun I’ve had.
This is our attempt to create a news-y breakdown of the recently declassified NORAD documents about Santa Claus.
Click this for a much larger look:
I augmented the NORAD information with some of the most recent theories about how Santa Claus delivers all those presents on Christmas Eve (Quantum mechanics! Ion shields! Resonance curves!)…
…and paired it with a woodcut illustration created in Illustrator based on an actual 1800s sleigh patent.
Fun facts: The patent date of June 28, 1870 is the actual date Christmas was officially recognized as a Federal holiday…
…and patent number 104, 111 and the ASCII codes for H and O respectively.
As a finishing touch, Bonita Burton, who was instrumental in planning and steering the project, really helped me massage the display copy to create the proper mood for the page.
Fun touches included the amount of caloric energy Santa requires to deliver gifts…
…and a quick look at the jolly ol’ guy himself.
Colin tells us:
Anyway, I had a ton of fun putting this page together and thought you might get a kick out of it.
Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year!
A 2000 graduate of the University of Southern California, Colin spent six years as presentation editor of the Salt Lake Tribune before moving to the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix in 2011. He helped his pal Josh Awtry redesign two papers in two years: The Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2011 and then the Coloradoan of Fort Collins in 2012. He created much of the structure for the Arizona Republic‘s redesign back in April.