I like! I like! I like! Look at this piece of art.
Was waiting for my fries to fry in the kitchen, while I was going through Times of Oman newspaper. And look what I found or shall I say, it found me! Seriously! it just jumped out and caught my attention. I saw this striking layout. I feel like hugging whoever designed this page in perticular. Look at it !! isn't it beautiful? Compared to the page next to it? Its just clean, elegant with fantastic use of space. It barely looks like a newspaper article!
Finally a great use of white space and a smartly-put layout. Thumbs up!
I like how the models shadow is overlapping the green block, which means breaking the guidelines, which means taking a risk for a change and doing something different. I like how the text is nicely rendered around the models curves. I like the balance of the whole page. Balance doesn't mean symmetrical, right = left, but its visually balanced - image and copy-wise.
See! there are good layouts in the Omani newspaper. There are things that strike. This is an excellent example of how to deal with minimal copy on plain oversized canvas. You don't have to maximize your font size to 16 point to fill in the page. You don't have to enlarge the image until you see those pimples in the models face and her mustache! You basically don't have to cram it.
This is it! Simple. This solution looks perfect, modern, classy yet very attractive.
One tiny little thought though. I know that they made the models shadow black or 85% of it to read the white copy, BUT reducing it to 65% might look not as much dominating. Dropping the whole shadow idea might make it even look better.
Oh! i just noticed the quotation marks are green. That matches the top bar. Oooh! and the justified copy has no widows meaning no one single word on a single line. Ahhh. I'm in l.o.v.e!!
With design, SF.