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Creative Director, Gannett Des Moines Design Studio
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
I have redesigned multiple US newspapers, won several Best of Gannett Awards as well as the Society of Professional Journalists Best of Show (Print 100,000+) Graphic Design category for 2008 and 2009 (and runner-up for 2010) I've also won the Ohio Excellence in Journalism, Best page design 2008. I have over ten years of design experience and I try to maintain a fresh and engaging point of view.
I've been in the field of graphic and print design for sixteen years and gained the ability to quickly and efficiently produce and direct engaging work that best addresses the audience, presentation medium, and resources of the project. I’ve racked up an impressive series of wins with Best of Gannett, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and Ohio Best of Journalism awards. I’ve been directly involved with the Gannett Picasso group and Digital Summit Group. I’ve closely lead a team of 87 designers at The Gannett Des Moines Design Studio, responsible for the design and presentation of Gannett’s 21 Central newspapers spanning from Minnesota and Wisconsin to Louisiana and Arkansas. I’m currently the Creative Director at the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. This includes 22 daily newspapers including the Des Moines Register, the Springfield News-Leader, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the Shreveport Times, the Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, Louisiana, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Appleton Post-Crescent and the St. Cloud Times to name a few. I currently coach 5 Design Team Leaders, 87 designers and 8 copy-editors and work closely with hundreds of other Editors, Writers and Photographers. My primary goal is to motivate and excite my team to create exciting designs that demand reader attention by producing large scale graphic presentations, engaging page layouts and excellent illustrations. As the Wisconsin Team Leader, I directed the design and presentation of all of Gannett’s Wisconsin newspapers at the Gannett Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. This includes 10 daily newspapers (Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Wausau, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield and Stevens Point.) I ushered all of the Wisconsin publications into the Design Studio system which required great attention to detail, technical skill and teamwork. The Presidential coverage I art directed for the group was recognized favorably by the Poynter Institute and Charles Apple. As Features Team Leader at the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Kentucky, I oversaw the design of Features section at The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Louisville Courier-Journal, The Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen-Times, The Greenville (South Carolina) News, and numerous smaller newspapers throughout the central southern and Midwestern states. As Make-up Editor at The Blade, I designed and directed the design, layout and production of our daily and Sunday Features sections. I worked to stretch The Blade’s Features design to become more innovative, design forward, and engaging, while still respecting the fairly conservative design tradition of The Blade. I worked closely with editors, writers, photographers and designers to develop an exemplary communication structure with extraordinary results. In early 2010, I redesigned our Peach weekender section. I was extremely involved with the design process on this section until my departure, which had become one of The Blade’s most profitable. As Design Editor of Toledo Free Press, I oversaw the entire production process, including editorial and advertising design and layout for a growing weekly publication. In January 2007, I completed a redesign that streamlined the font and color palette. During my tenure, the circulation increased from approximately 15,000 weekly to over 120,000 weekly distribution, and four major advertisers signed contracts with the publication. As Presentation Editor of The Green Bay Press-Gazette, I immediately supervised a staff of three designers, and I oversaw the daily design and presentation executed by 15 paginators. I lead the complete redesign of the paper that took place in July of 2006, creating flexible, but easy to use templates, style sheets and color palettes that would work within an Atex Prestige environment for PC's and Mac's. On a daily basis I acted to suggest graphics and layout opportunities, and oversee design production in the daily and Sunday newspaper as well as several magazines and tabs. As a Graphic Designer in The Blade’s Editorial Department, I designed many maps, graphs, and infographics as well as hundreds of feature pages and illustrations. I was a designer on the series, ‘Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths’ for which we won the 2003 Pulitzer for Investigative Journalism and I designed the Press kit sent to major media outlets. I was also the lead designer for The Blade’s 2005 Pulitzer prize nominated ongoing investigation of the State of Ohio’s Bureau of Workers Compensation funds mismanagement story; working closely with several editors and writers to produce graphics that illustrate the complex nature of this significant story. As a Graphic Designer in The Blade’s Marketing Department, I managed and designed numerous multi-page magazines, programs and advertising . I designed the 2000 Blade Media Kit and Market book; as well as the 2000 toledoblade.com Media Kit. I assisted, and lead in the production of print, online, and video marketing.