Public Editor

"Hobbit" page "too bold" and "gross?"

I occasionally hear from readers who really dislike print edition pages with too many visual elements. Case in point: A caller just now who "just can't believe" today's big two-page wrap around the FYI section.

"It's just awful," she told me. "All this color, everywhere -- it's just gross. Whatever happened to a newspaper page that's in black and white, maybe with a photograph or two. I worked in (the design field), and we always said getting attention on part of the page was much better than taking the whole page up with one single thing. This -- it's just too bold and hard on the eyes."

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