Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's Your Favorite Thing About The Commercial Appeal's Digital Redesign?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Well, what is it? The absence of the cheesy Memphis skyline profile, maybe? Or possibly the inclusion of wacky click bait with ledes like, "In the truth is stranger than fiction department..."

We get the homophonic irony but beetles eat trees all the time. Its not all that strange, really.
  • We get the homophonic irony but beetles eat trees all the time. It's not all that strange, really.

The Fly-Team's favorite feature has to be the Commercial Appeal's “Kilroy was here”-style headshots. You know—

like this.

Dude.
  • Dude.

And this.

Dude!
  • Dude!

And this.

DUDE!
  • DUDE!

Your Pesky Fly has managed a few blogs in his time and is all too familiar with the phenomenon of uploading photos that look great in a preview but mysteriously post sideways or upside down, or photos that self-crop in odd and inappropriate ways. These things happen. But since receiving its new digital makeover there are some image posting quirks at the CA that are so consistent they almost seem like a design choice. So the CA wants to show readers what these guys might look like peeking in a window, maybe?

In a few more extreme cases the images are cropped even higher. This is former CA managing editor Otis Sanford’s literal head shot as it appeared next to a story about his induction into the Tennessee Journalists Hall of Fame.

Otis
  • Otis

TV-5 anchor Joe Birch, is also being inducted and was given the same hairy treatment. Of course Joe is immediately recognizable.

Joe
  • Joe

To give readers some perspective, this is what the headshots look like in context.

Otis & Joe
  • Otis & Joe

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