“We think the time is right to buck convention every day.”
– Times sports editor Jason Stallman
@GlibandBitchy asks about this text-only New York Times SportsMonday front: “Has this become a ‘thing’ too common for comment or still worth noting?” I don’t know if it’s too common, but it’s clear the page designer’s message is: Forget art; you need to read this story.
Dave Tepps . It seems the NYT recently used the same design strategy — giant amount of white space to indicate nothing going on in sports that day, or one thing worth emphasizing. I think you can only play that card about every five years.
Joe Hass. The design fundamentally matches the tone of the story. It’s a gutsy call, and I think it works well.
Dave Tepps: it was in July last year. The front page was simply the “Transactions” section of agate type with a single line highlighted: “CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Signed F LeBron James”