Sizeable challenge

Sizeable challenge

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Blog, The Washington Post | 9 Comments

When I was asked to art direct the Weekend cover story about the trend for super-sized restaurants in the D.C. area, there were no visuals. Well, at least there weren’t any good ones. The story was about the recent opening of several very large restaurants (one of which seats 1,000 people) as well as a […]

I won (x4)!

I won (x4)!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

I am thrilled to learn I won four Awards of Excellence in the Society for News Design‘s 34th annual Best of News Design Creative Competition for my art direction and design work at The Washington Post. The contest invites entries from newspapers and magazines published all over the world. This year, there were over 9,000 […]

Have a healthy new year

Have a healthy new year

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

The Washington Post hired me to art direct and design this week’s issue of Local Living. The cover story was a Kids and Nutrition column about how to make healthy new year’s resolutions about food and stick to them. Author and nutritionist Casey Seidenberg recommends breaking your better-eating resolution into 12 manageable parts and tackling […]

Olympic fever

Olympic fever

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

Craig Alan of the Deljou Art Group creates “populist” paintings where he makes portraits (like Marilyn Monroe and the Statue of Liberty) using small figures. I immediately thought of him for this story about introducing kids to summer Olympic sports. My original idea was to create the Olympic rings out of tiny, child figures wearing […]

Way to grow

Way to grow

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

When gardening writer Adrian Higgins first talked to be about this story for the Washington Post, I knew it was going to be great. It would showcase Higgins’s witty voice, and I needed an illustrator who could pull off something equally fun but still botanically accurate. I hired illustrator Vidhya Nagarajan to draw the eight […]

Bad egg vs. good egg

Bad egg vs. good egg

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

Of the seven foods mentioned in the story, I decided to play with the idea of eggs on the cover since they lent themselves to so many fun metaphors: good egg vs. bad egg, deviled eggs, etc. I found some stock images of eggs and “drew” on them in Photoshop to represent the good and […]

Scent of a garden

Scent of a garden

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

For this story on fragrant gardens, I chose D.C. illustrator Elizabeth Graeber, whose loose application of color on black line drawings perfectly conveyed the idea of fragrance “escaping” the flowers. Plus, her sketchbook approach made me imagine someone appreciating and studying flowers in their own backyard. (Elizabeth actually documents flea and farmers markets on her […]

Working hard

Working hard

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Veteran Washington Post photographer John McDonnell doing test shots of the foyer lighting at the DC Design House. Over the course of two days, we photographed the rooms of various local interior designers while they were madly trying to finish them up. Story comes out in Local Living on April 12.

Voters guide for the 2012 primaries

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

I worked with illustrator Lincoln Agnew on this voters guide. I loved his enthusiasm and can-do attitude. We went through a lot of versions, but I think the end product was unique and eye-catching.

Warm hearts on cold days

Warm hearts on cold days

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011 in The Washington Post | No Comments

Like last year, Local Living’s Thanksgiving day cover story featured struggling food pantries and ways for readers to volunteer in their communities. My challenge: do something different with the same story and no money. I called on Felix Sockwell, whose illustration services I’d won in an SNDF auction. I felt his style where he uses […]