Every journalist has their Achilles heel, a certain area that is perhaps not quite as strong as the rest. For me, this point of weakness was undoubtedly design. Despite this, I tried my hand at creating web-related design elements to better convey meaning to the student body.

Spicing up tradition

The West Side Story traditionally posts the featured image of strong website pieces on our Instagram page to promote them. I was hoping  to do the same with my profile on a young, successful journalist. However, while looking at the photo, I was unsatisfied with its appearance. With the subject out of town, it was not possible to retake this image.

Braving my design-related fears, I experimented with editing in Adobe Photoshop. I chose a simple dotted pattern that is considered “trendy” in design today in order to emphasize the photo subject. Then, I added the title to provide more information to the viewer. While doing this, I sampled the colors on her shirt for the highlight and font colors in order to keep the palette as consistent as possible.


Published on the wsspaper Instagram on Feb. 6, 2019.

Choosing elements appropriate for the story

This past winter, my school district missed several days of school due to inclement weather. In order to make up this missed classroom time, administrators decided on a very complicated, detailed plan. While writing up a “Breaking News” piece on the schedule, I realized that although the article could be easily posted to Facebook or Twitter,  photo based platforms like Instagram were a different story.

In order to distribute information to students on all mediums, I compiled the article’s information into a small infographic to post on Instagram. Using Piktochart, I chose a simple black and white color scheme and bolded important points to make the design reader-friendly. In this way, students from my school could obtain news on an easier platform on a wider scale.

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Published on the wsspaper Instagram on Feb. 8, 2019.