A Design State of Mind
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.

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.

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

Canon City Daily Record: Sports Cover, July 10, 2013
I had a lot of fun with this centerpiece. Modeled after pages my coworker, Lauren Fagan has done, I played around with tint screens and colored type to mix things up.
I think the sidebar helps break things up while still feeling like part of the package. All in all, it’s a clean page.

Canon City Daily Record: Sports Cover, July 10, 2013

I had a lot of fun with this centerpiece. Modeled after pages my coworker, Lauren Fagan has done, I played around with tint screens and colored type to mix things up.

I think the sidebar helps break things up while still feeling like part of the package. All in all, it’s a clean page.

denverpost:

SPECIAL SECTION: Superb!
Start spreadin’ the news: For the first time in 15 years, the Broncos are going to the Super Bowl.Check out the extra Broncos coverage in today’s special section.FULL STORY: http://dpo.st/LDlujBDemaryius Thomas looks unstoppable: http://dpo.st/1aEfWOIJohn Fox likely to get extension: http://dpo.st/1aEfYpJManning proves doubters wrong again: http://dpo.st/KobpGjKnighton gets key sack: http://dpo.st/KolW4zCOMPLETE COVERAGE: http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/

A great cover from our neighbors in Denver. The art and headline work well, and it’s just a solid page.

denverpost:

SPECIAL SECTION: Superb!

Start spreadin’ the news: For the first time in 15 years, the Broncos are going to the Super Bowl.

Check out the extra Broncos coverage in today’s special section.

FULL STORY: http://dpo.st/LDlujB
Demaryius Thomas looks unstoppable: http://dpo.st/1aEfWOI
John Fox likely to get extension: http://dpo.st/1aEfYpJ
Manning proves doubters wrong again: http://dpo.st/KobpGj
Knighton gets key sack: http://dpo.st/KolW4z
COMPLETE COVERAGE: http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/

A great cover from our neighbors in Denver. The art and headline work well, and it’s just a solid page.

asburyparkdesignstudio:

Design by Jen Meyer

What a clever illustration for their centerpiece. It’s got the white space I love with this pop of color you can’t help but glance at.

asburyparkdesignstudio:

Design by Jen Meyer

What a clever illustration for their centerpiece. It’s got the white space I love with this pop of color you can’t help but glance at.

coverjunkie:


Time Out (Hong Kong)
new cover Time Out Hong KongEditor-in-Chief: Mark TjhungArt Director : Jeroen Brulez

What a cool twist to a 2013 recap. Love this illustration.

coverjunkie:

Time Out (Hong Kong)

new cover Time Out Hong Kong

Editor-in-Chief: Mark Tjhung
Art Director : Jeroen Brulez

What a cool twist to a 2013 recap. Love this illustration.

Boulder Daily Camera: Life & Arts, Nov. 3, 2013
Notes:
With the nature of the story, I wanted to allow the design to be subdued, basic. But that doesn’t mean plain. The art was so … bold, I chose to run it big. But that dead space to the right gave me a chance to work in the boxes we wanted on front.
The headline balances nicely. While “hurdles” may be bigger, “overcoming” holds its own.
I didn’t love the mug, but it needed to be added. So rather than tear apart the page, I incorporated him into the rail as best I could. It does, in some ways, help break the bottom-page gray.

Boulder Daily Camera: Life & Arts, Nov. 3, 2013

Notes:

  • With the nature of the story, I wanted to allow the design to be subdued, basic. But that doesn’t mean plain. The art was so … bold, I chose to run it big. But that dead space to the right gave me a chance to work in the boxes we wanted on front.
  • The headline balances nicely. While “hurdles” may be bigger, “overcoming” holds its own.
  • I didn’t love the mug, but it needed to be added. So rather than tear apart the page, I incorporated him into the rail as best I could. It does, in some ways, help break the bottom-page gray.
I like that this is more than just a portrait. It’s a collection of the big moments from his presidency and the tragedy.
inothernews:

Photomosaic cover for a special section of the Dallas Morning News, 22 November 2013.

I like that this is more than just a portrait. It’s a collection of the big moments from his presidency and the tragedy.

inothernews:

Photomosaic cover for a special section of the Dallas Morning News22 November 2013.