08 June 2016

Numbers in boxes: Grammatical and other tricks

This post is about layout, editorial and other tricks used in general and technical journalism to present numbers in information boxes, side columns and the like.

Here are a couple of examples from the FT's The Big Read on 6 June. The article, by Harriet Agnew, Miles Johnson and Patrick Jenkins, is entitled Inside McKinsey’s private hedge fund:




Would anyone like to describe the grammatical liberties taken here in order to achieve the designed graphic design/layout?
While the liberties taken here will probably pain many a grammar maven, the visual impact is impressive, particularly, IMHO, for scan reading, or for scanning to decide where to focus one's gaze more intently.

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