When I looked at the 2012 Top of the Hill special section, I noticed two things: there were only pictures of buildings (boring) and there was way too much text for each winner that I didn’t care about (not to mention I found the blurb I wrote about Jimmy John’s…yeah, I forgot about that, and for good reason.) I knew I wanted to be exciting, so every category (about 40) in the issue has an alternative story format or design accompanying it–you know, so people actually read it and care. I also think I broke the design team’s back (figuratively, of course!) by requesting so many designs, but I’m stunned that so much of what I wanted was included. I’m a happy special sections editor today.
Check it out at http://www.scribd.com/doc/189502751/Top-of-the-Hill-2013 and the online interactive map I created at http://kansan.com/top-of-the-hill/2013/12/09/where-are-the-winners/