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 […]

If this is hard to read …

If this is hard to read …

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

I wanted to come up with a clever way to draw readers into our consumer-friendly package on eye care, so I decided to present the headline as an eye chart. Wanting to emulate an eye chart to the letter, I came up with the start of a headline “If this is hard to read … […]

The myth of the terrible teen

The myth of the terrible teen

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

Inspired by the idea of a defaced yearbook, I hand lettered the headline and drew devil horns on a stock image of a teenage boy. For the inside display, I drew a halo over the same teenager since the column was debunking the myth that all teenagers are bad.

How to do spring break smart

How to do spring break smart

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Blog, The Washington Post | No Comments

I wanted to give this cover a nostalgic, literary feel since many of the writer’s ideas had to do with reading, getting back to nature and enjoying the simple things in life. After designing the headline, I felt like the page needed a touch of whimsy so I went about looking for photos of children […]

2011 legislative preview – D.C.

2011 legislative preview – D.C.

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 in The Washington Post | No Comments

I created three versions of this cover — Maryland, Virginia and D.C. — using type to highlight the issues that would be facing the state/district in the coming year. Similar to a word cloud, issues that had more significance were played larger. Each cover featured the governor/mayor who would be addressing the issues during his […]

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Purple reign

Purple reign

Posted by on Jan 5, 2008 in Blog, St. Louis Post-Dispatch | No Comments

This story was about how the color purple was everywhere in fashion and home decor. I came up with a bunch of different shades of purple thanks to a thesaurus and numerous brainstormings with my newsroom colleagues. These not only served to create the “raindrops” for my illustration but also helped make the point that […]

Maximum exposure

Maximum exposure

This column discussed a recent trend of talented female celebrities posing nude or semi-nude in men’s magazines to advance their careers. While there were many photos available, there weren’t any I could use in the newspaper. So I decided to create a playful and suggestive illustration using a silhouetted figure and typography. The headline and […]

Keep the wave in Old Glory

Keep the wave in Old Glory

Rather than use a generic picture of an American flag, I decided to take an all typography approach for this Fourth of July story about how to care and store the flag.