After the historic comeback the Patriots staged in Super Bowl LI, putting this page together the next day for the Union Leader was a good way to make sure I actually saw what I thought I saw.
This was as close as I’ve come to sportswriting (the craft for which I spent 4+ quality years at UNH) in 30 years.
It got pretty good reviews. (High-resolution prints of this and other Super Bowl pages are available at UnionLeader.com/patriots.)
I rarely use black & white on my tab covers, but when you get a photo like this of Max Raabe, who’s channeling a pre-war German cabaret singer, B&W is a no-brainer. All I needed to find was a suitably art-deco font to make one of my favorite covers.
A wire service feature included some nice art and presented the opportunity for a headline that works on two levels.
James Haller is credited with starting the restaurant revolution that turned Portsmouth, NH, into the per-capita dining capital of northern New England. Having grown up in Portsmouth, and having witnessed the first phase of the city’s transformation, I got a great nostalgia trip from Gretyl Macalaster’s feature.
For the page, I didn’t have a lot of art to work with, so I did some creative coloring in homage to Haller’s landmark restaurant, the Blue Strawbery.
I tried to take a magazine approach to this package, creating a color palette that played off the wood tones in the photos by the story’s author, Nancy Bean Foster. The headline is a play on words, as the subject’s niche is matching the bowls’ makers to particular customers.