2013 in Review: Busy Year, Challenging Projects

In a completely unscientific look at how the media landscape is moving forward, here’s a recap of the challenging, exciting projects I’ve been engaged in this year:

    • February: I created the design for GRID, the print edition of a new business news venture for the Chicago Sun-Times. A glossy weekly inserted into select copies of the Sunday newspaper, it never quite found its advertising footing, and lives on as a slate of digital products.
    • March: the Cincinnati Enquirer debuted its new design in the Super Compact format, along with lots of new philosophy for organizing information for print readers.
    • June: the University of Chicago unveiled my redesign for Capital Ideas, the quarterly magazine of research and ideas produced by the Booth School of Business. The changes were tantamount to the launch of a new product, with a dramatic refocusing of editorial philosophy.
    • August-December: In a new offering, I contributed design and art direction for the summer, fall and winter editions of Capital Ideas, and will do so in 2014.
    • October: Crain Communications’ Modern Healthcare debuted my front-to-back redesign. The weekly magazine, one of the group’s most profitable, became the 12th publication I’ve designed or redesigned for the Crain stable around the world.

  • December: I created the design for a brand-new weekly newspaper (yes, in print) for one of Chicago’s most dynamic neighborhoods, Lincoln Park, for the creators of the DNAinfo hyperlocal news website. Visit this blog post for visuals and further information on this unique project.
  • Among my speaking engagements, on topics including branding, editorial strategy and redesign: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and the Florida Magazine Association.

Here’s to those who believe in the existence of print, and the need to move forward by keeping them fresh and smart!

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