A Design State of Mind
Picked up my #BolderBoulder kit today!! SO EXCITED. Let’s do this.

Picked up my #BolderBoulder kit today!! SO EXCITED. Let’s do this.

SNDLOU: A Few Months Later

Well, it’s been a few months since my adventures in Louisville, KY. Thanks to an incredible boss in my newsroom and a great advocate in our larger company, I had the chance to venture to the Society of News Design’s annual conference.

Let me tell you. It was incredible.

And I couldn’t be more thrilled to have had that chance.

But now, back in the “real world” of deadlines and second jobs, it’s sometimes hard to keep that enthusiasm up.

Don’t get me wrong. I left SNDLOU jam-packed with design inspiration, excitement and incredible contacts. That’s not gone. But to get the ball rolling back home, where things are harder to move toward innovation or even steps toward progress, it can be a struggle to keep the pure design high.

So I’ve decided to break down the conference here, where I can share my - along with designers far more talented and wise than myself (my new sources of inspiration, as it were) - thoughts. There’s no use bottling up what I learned. Better to get it to others who could do with a dose of enthusiasm themselves.

Be sure to check in for updates on the SNDLOU saga. And remember: It’s always worth it to believe in a better future for our newspapers and design. And for anyone in any field, doing your best work each and every day should be the norm. We’re here to shine, and shine bright.

asburyparkdesignstudio:

Design by Abby Westcott

Talk about letting the art speak here. If you’ve got a photo and headline that works, letting it run big is sometimes the perfect thing to do.

asburyparkdesignstudio:

Design by Abby Westcott


Talk about letting the art speak here. If you’ve got a photo and headline that works, letting it run big is sometimes the perfect thing to do.

After a real bummer of a morning, this is exactly what I needed to fix me up again. Too beautiful to not smile at. #HappyAfternoonRun

After a real bummer of a morning, this is exactly what I needed to fix me up again. Too beautiful to not smile at. #HappyAfternoonRun

coverjunkie:


San Antonio Current (US)
New cover San Antonio CurrentArt Director: Eli Miller Editor in Chief: Callie Enlow

How bold. An old idea with a great twist in cover presentation.

coverjunkie:

San Antonio Current (US)

New cover San Antonio Current

Art Director: Eli Miller 
Editor in Chief: Callie Enlow


How bold. An old idea with a great twist in cover presentation.

Better Late Than Never ….

So in the haze of three jobs and all kinds errands, I’ve neglected a bunch of posts saved in my drafts box for the past few months. So you can expect to see some old - but great - work coming your way via this blog here.

Thanks for appreciating the work far past its presentation date.

Ahhh! The very first edition of A&E Spotlight, the entertainment publication I designed from scratch for @reporterherald and @timescall. #JournalistLife

Ahhh! The very first edition of A&E Spotlight, the entertainment publication I designed from scratch for @reporterherald and @timescall. #JournalistLife

So proud to have had a hand in helping my @dailycamera newsroom bring this to #Boulder. Great work and a great team! @coloradopress first right here.

So proud to have had a hand in helping my @dailycamera newsroom bring this to #Boulder. Great work and a great team! @coloradopress first right here.

First hike of 2014! And an absolutely beautiful day for it here in #Boulder. Thanks, @melbesser, for this awesome Monday!

First hike of 2014! And an absolutely beautiful day for it here in #Boulder. Thanks, @melbesser, for this awesome Monday!

Read my complete column for even more events happening in Boulder this weekend.