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Headlines and decks

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ballparkman, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. ballparkman

    ballparkman New Member

    We have a new, young designer who is very talented. However, he wrote a one-column headline with three decks and then a four-deck subhead. I told him that it's wise to keep the subhead decks shorter than the main heads and to do something like 2 over 1 or 3 over 2 or 4 over 3 instead of 3 over 4. He shrugged and said "my rule is just not to go more than 8 total decks."

    It seems I was told to keep the second deck lighter than the first, but I can't be sure.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    I always try to use fewer subhead decks than main head decks. Think it looks better.
  3. IGotQuestions

    IGotQuestions Member

    the deck generally always has more words than the main head. as long as the main head "looks" bigger and fuller is our rule.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    That sounds
    like a very
    bad idea

    Even for a
    working at
    Podunk Press
  5. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    I won't go over five, and that only on a one-column head. Three main lines, two deck lines.

    Will only use three deck lines as one-column, and as a readout under a wider head.
  6. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

  7. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    It's hard to believe I haven't written anything but a one-line standalone head (story/column/recap) or a two or three-word hammer head (cover story) in coming up on 10 years.
  8. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Eat Shit!

    Look Here
    Punk, I'm
    Going to
    Deck You
  9. pallister

    pallister Guest

    You often can't say much in a 2-deck, one-column subhead, which makes them pretty worthless. Three-deck subheads with one-column heads are fine. Occassionally, I'll use a four-deck subhead if pertinent information would be left out without doing so. And it doesn't look bad as long as the headline font is signficantly bigger.
  10. I'll never tell

    I'll never tell Active Member

    if everyone's Hell is different, mine will be writing one-column headlines
  11. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Our paper puts deckheads on virtually everything. I could count on both hands the number of times I've had a story with no subhead in the two-plus years I've been working here. And they're all (well, 90 percent) 1-column, 3-deck subheads.
  12. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    Whenever I think of headlines and decks, I always think of the first page I ever designed, which included a two-column, four-deck headline with the word "thinclad" in it. I had a long ways to go when I started.
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