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Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

To illustrate this story, I took one of Metro’s rail maps and stripped away all the text and lines, leaving just the stops. I tried versions where I drew in the lines with crayon, but finger paint was much more effective. The thick, vibrant lines more closely resembled Metro’s recognizable map and quickly got across …

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Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

After doing a full-scale back-to-school issue three weeks prior, my challenge was to come up with another way to tell the back-to-school story. The cover story offered advice for how parents can navigate the school year, since it’s not just kids who are going back to school. To visually differentiate the package from the previous …

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Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

I worked with illustrator Jared Andrew Schorr on Local Living’s back-to-school issue. I asked him to illustrate the cover headline as well as the table of contents and department labels to give the issue a cohesive feel and to set it apart as a special issue. I loved his creativity and attention to detail.

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 … …

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Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

I sent illustrator Julie Notarianni the idea to paint the scene of a rain garden as a storm is rolling in. Inside, she illustrated a rain garden in relationship to a house, which became the basis of a graphic detailing how to create one. She captured the spirit of the story perfectly.

Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

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.

Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

I collaborated with illustrator Julie Notarianni to create a seed packet to kick off our spring gardening coverage. She painted the packet texture and central vignette (even incorporating the garden writer in the scene!). I added the border and seal in Photoshop to give it a more realistic feel reminiscent of vintage seed packets.

Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

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 …

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The story offered lots of tips for updating your interiors on the cheap, using what you have. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a photo for the cover, so I started looking through stock photos. When I found a green sofa, I immediately wondered if I could create a recycling symbol with it. I then came up an …

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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 …

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