Monday, the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y., presented a big story on the changing diversity of the city. Projections suggest the city is in for a bit more of a radical change than others.
The paper kept the focus on the numbers by clearing most of Monday’s front page and running a huge slope graph to show the numbers.
Click this for a much larger view.
Joanne Sosangelis, creative director of the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, tells us:
The Rochester A1 design was a collaborative effort between myself and Tim [Frank, studio director].
I went back and forth about how to show the numbers about the projected change in demographics for greater Rochester over the next 50 years with editors Sarah Crupi and Sean Lahman at the Democrat and Chronicle. A line chart seemed to be the only way to visually show the increases in African-Americans and Hispanics and decrease in Whites in that area. Tim brought the color idea into it, and helped me refine the details along the way.
But honestly, it could never have happened without the trust we have built with the folks in Rochester. They sent us the information and gave us our space to think.
In the end I think we were all happy that it was not the typical Wednesday A1.
See the paper’s online presentation of this story here.
A 1988 graduate of Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art & Design. Joanne spent several years as art director for features at the Journal News in Westchester, N.Y. She moved to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005 and ran the graphics department there before becoming art director for the Sunday paper. She moved to the Gannett studio in 2011.
Find Joanne’s design portfolio here and the web site for her photography business, Skye & Raine Photography, here. Find her Twitter feed here.
That front page image was from the Newseum. Of course.