Newly designed, colored opinion pages are in Adventure's 20th

ADVENTURE'S opinion pages aren't that boring anymore. As part of the "rethink" project, I decided to inject some color into these spreads.

Do allow me to say that I had to face this snafu on colored opinion pages. Contrary to what I did for this year's issue, some so-called "design experts" still insist that color can nary be present in this formal, "masculine" section.

Opinion pages are vital to the newspaper; that is where readers get influence from the ideas of the editorial board and the columnists. Design, therefore is crucial here to effectively and easily convince the readers of the editorial board and columnists' stand.

Definitely, I couldn't bear to let readers have an extremely dull reading experience. I wanted to give them some excitement as they flip through the pages. Injecting color, aside from placing pull quotes, infographics, and numbers is a way to make the opinion pages more animated. It doesn't lessen much the formality. It doesn't eventually become "feminine", to say.


But to make it clear: A solely grayscale opinion page does not make itself boring to read. Pull quotes, photographs, illustrations, and infographics can add a little bit of excitement, too!

We're continuing to provide the best reading experience for our readers. As renowned News Designer Mario Garcia would best say, "As I repeat often, it is not about print dying, but about thinking of ways to make the product livelier."  I coax you to not only experiment with your elements, but also with your color and negative space, too. Keep the formality, make it exciting at a certain extent (not too flat and unentertaining, not too busy and not too embellished). Find the best ways to keep them reading.

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"Comment is free, but facts are sacred," wrote British Journalist Charles Prestwich Scott in his essay "A Hundred Years" published in the then Manchester Guardian, now The Guardian when it marked its centenary in year 1921. Adventure welcomes you to its all-new COMMENTS section. 
To give you still that sense of formality in the design that Adventure preserves, we'd give you only grayscale and Prussian blue — cool-as-ever classic colors.
Journalist Edwin G. Espejo who is presently on extended leave wrote a piece regarding Former Congressman Jun Acharon's attempt to run again in the 2019 congressional elections which was later on called off when the Supreme Court released its ruling to proclaim Congresswoman Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles as the winner. Beside his commentary is a timeline named "Aton ini!" (Congresswoman Nograles' Hiligaynon catchphrase that roughly translates to "This is ours!") of the turn of events regarding the matter. The congresswoman has gone through a lot before her oathtaking as a member of the House of Representatives.
Thanks so much, Sir Edwin for contributing to this issue.
Special mention to Bai Judd Bañas of The Thirteenth Scholars, thanks for our three-going-on-four years of friendship. Am very favored to have a friend who's also a good designer, a brother, and a listener of showbiz-like drama.
Kuys Alvin Resuello, adviser of Ang Paulenyo, I could've gone to your place had COVID-19 not spread like wildfire. Looking forward to our bagnet eating someday.
Mark Cayunda of The Courier, I hope you do well always. Hang in there! Let's make each day productive!
Allow me to praise Kuya Jimmy Grajo of Channels for always doing a good job in both design and music!
Kuya Ian Lopez who presently designs for the UPLB Perspective has helped me a lot. Adventure wouldn't have its present look if I had not gotten to know him IN 2018. |jvdm|
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