How to lead page one with a huge infographic

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.

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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.

A look at Thursday’s World Series pages

Yesterday, everyone was writing off the Kansas City Royals after the royal drubbing they took at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in Game One of the World Series.

Last night, the Royals exploded for five runs in the 6th inning. They won, 7-2, tying the series as it moves from Kansas City to San Francisco.

Circulation: 229,176

The win gave Royals fans — awfully quiet during Game One — something to cheer about. That was displayed across the top of the front page of today’s Chronicle.


The picture is by staffer Scott Strazzante.

There was this very odd tense moment in the bottom of the 6th inning. Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland gave up a home run to the Royals’ Omar Infante but then appeared to taunt Royals catcher Sal Perez as Perez came across the plate. Perez had knocked in two runs himself.

Perez responded in sort of a: “You talkin’ to me?” sort of way. That moment was captured in the huge picture on the front of the Chronicle‘s sports section today.


That picture was by Carlos Avila Gonzalez. The page was designed by Louie Rendon.

Both benches kinda sorta cleared, in preparation for a rumble. But wiser heads prevailed. The umpires didn’t eject Strickland, but he was yanked anyway for giving up a homer. And, presumably, some of his self-control.

Circulation: 200,365

The little Royals crown returned to the Star‘s nameplate today to celebrate the huge victory.


I mentioned Perez, the catcher, had knocked in two runs in the 6th inning. The picture by staffer Shane Keyser on page one today shows the celebration after those two runs scored.

That page was designed by Charles Gooch.

What a great picture this is by John Sleezer on today’s sports front, of Omar Infante catching the Giants’ Brandon Belt diving back to second base. Smack! Right in the face.


The designers — Bob Merrick and Sarah Morris — played it big and got the hell out of its way.

Charles tells us:

We were trying for a bit more attitude tonight with our heads, with KC getting back into the Series with a big statement game.

Sarah also designed today’s poster page showing Billy Butler bolting for first base while knocking in the go-ahead run.


Butler is the Royals’ designated hitter. Therefore, he’s not expected to play wile the Royals are on National League soil this weekend.

Again, tonight is a travel night. The series resumes Friday in San Francisco.

The Chronicle front page is from the Newseum. Of course.

Birthdays for Thursday, Oct. 23

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…


Justin Best is a photo editor for Microsoft’s Filter in Bellevue, Wash. A 1998 graduate of the University of Florida, Justin served as a photographer and photo editor for the student paper there, the Independent Alligator. He interned at the Gainesville Sun, the Miami Herald and the Baton Rouge, La., Advocate before signing on with the Everett, Wash., Daily Herald as an intern and then a full-time photographer. He spent five years as a shooter and then nine years as director of photography and graphics before departing for Microsoft in 2013. Find his portfolio here. Justin turns 40 today.


Daudi Msseemmaa is regional coordinator for Convoy of Hope in Arusha, Tanzania, which operates programs in women’s empowerment, feeding, agriculture and disaster response in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. A 2004 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Daudi served as graphics editor of the school’s student paper, the Daily Egyptian. He spent a summer fellowship at the Poynter Institute before joining the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2005 as a designer. He lived in Tanzania from 2006 to 2009 and then joined the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader in 2010. In 2011, he was named a senior designer at Gannett’s Asbury Park Design Studio in Neptune, N.J. He moved back to Africa in 2012. Find Daudi’s Twitter feed here.


Jim Parkinson is a typography designer and consultant, especially noted for design and redesign of newspaper nameplates. A 1963 graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Jim spent several years working for Hallmark cards of Kansas City, Mo., before moving to San Francisco to design for rock bands including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Kansas, the Doobie Brothers and, eventually, Rolling Stone magazine. He worked for the San Francisco Chronicle but has spent most of the past two decades designing nameplates, typefaces and such from his studio in Oakland. Find his web site here.


Clay Sisk is a designer for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. Previously, Clay worked with the Times Record News of Wichita Falls before moving to the Fort Myers, Fla., News-Press in 2008. He moved to Louisville in 2011. Clay has sold free-lance work to clients such as Innovative Kids, Disney magazine and Southwest Airlines. Find his NewsPageDesigner portfolio here, his portfolio site here and his short films here. Clay turns 40 today.

Daudi, Justin, Clay and Jim share a birthday with actors Ryan Rodney Reynolds, Amandla Stenberg and Frank Sutton; musicians Dwight David Yoakam and Eleanor Louise “Ellie” Greenwich; TV personalities Grant Masaru Imahara of Mythbusters, Catherine Elizabeth “Cat” Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance, Greta Brawner of C-SPAN, Sanjay Gupta and Nancy Ann Grace of CNN and John William “Johnny” Carson; directors Ang Lee, Philip Kaufman and Samuel Marshall “Sam” Raimi; model Maria Izabel Goulart Dourado; Philadelphia mayor Francis Lazarro “Frank” Rizzo; meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore “Ted” Fujita; sports greats Alois Terry “Al” Leiter, James Paul David “Jim” Bunning, John Derran Lackey (all three baseball), Juan Antonio “Chi-Chi” Rodr‪í‬guez, John William Heisman, Douglas Richard “Doug” Flutie (both football) and Edison Arantes do Nascimento (better known as Pelé)(soccer); “the Last Lecture” professor Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch; comedian Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic and writer John Michael Crichton.

In addition, today is National Mole Day, National Pharmacy Technician Day, TV Talk Show Day and iPod Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, folks! Best wishes!

A look at Wednesday’s World Series pages

Last night, the San Francisco Giants clobbered the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game One of the World Series in Kansas City.

It was the first post-season loss for the Royals this season. Their winning streak is halted at eight games.

Circulation: 200,365

Down 4-0 in the 4th inning, the Royals yanked starter James Shields. Star staffer John Sleezer made the picture that was used on today’s front page.


That page was designed by Charles Gooch.

Sleezer also shot this picture of third baseman Mike Moustakas, just after his strikeout in the 5th inning.


That page was designed by Bob Merrick and Neil Nakahodo.

Charles tells us:

We’ve been putting together a special section (usually 10-12 pages) after the games. Tonight, it was a herculean 18-page section. Our sports department really did a fantastic job throwing it together.

The Star has been running a full page photo inside after every playoff game. Today’s picture by staffer Keith Myers is of the pregame festivities at Kauffman Stadium last night.


That, too, was designed by Neil Nakahodo.

Circulation: 229,176

The Giants got off to a fast start last night with a two-run homer by right fielder Hunter Pence in the very first inning. Chronicle staffer Michael Macor got the shot for page one.


That Chronicle page is from the Newseum. Of course.

UPDATE – 8:15 p.m. PDT

And here is today’s sports front.


That lead photo is by staffer Carlos Avila Gonzalez.

This means, of course, the Giants lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0. They’ll play again tonight at 8 p.m. ET — or 5 p.m. here on the West Coast. The World Series is televised by Fox Sports.

The series will take Thursday off and then resume Friday in San Francisco.