The Washington Post

My work as art director of Local Living, a weekly section of features and news, for The Washington Post

Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

School year survival: 8 strategies for parents

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

Back to school 2011

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.

Healthy U.

The story compared area college dining halls in terms of healthy offerings. One local university in particular had a healthy dining program so I had the reporter ask the nutritionist to put together a healthy meal in the dining hall for the photographer that we could should straight down, from a student’s perspective. The resulting …

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Local Living cover by Tippi Thole for The Washington Post

Get ready to grow

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.