Democrat and Chronicle

I’ve been enjoying my work with the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle lately. They do a nice job of allowing us to try new things. I like that I can explore the most effective way to visualize and aid in the storytelling most suitable for each story. Here are a couple of recent examples.

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The Hood Sommelier

Thought I’d tout the design I cooked up for my own personal wine blog built using WordPress and a theme I purchased. As you can see I came up with my own branding and customized the theme for a tailored look.

The concept for the blog is to take a more lighthearted look at the stuffy world of wine. My tagline is “Drink more wine. Have more fun.” I don’t believe that to enjoy wine you need to reference obscure “notes” that in fact mostly serve to alienate people from becoming more familiar and exploring their tastes for wine. I also don’t believe you need to spend a butt-load of money on wines, except for those sometimes splurges.

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Go team!

Here are a couple of examples of the kind of ego-less teamwork that makes me love going into the studio. Illustrations by JoAnne, promo by Dana and design by me. This is what getting through rough patches in the week is all about.

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Collabo yo

There’s just nothing like a good, productive, collaboration as far as I’m concern. I LIVE for them. This one is a recent fave. Despite the struggles of working with a newsroom (editors, writers and photographers) remotely I think we all pulled this one off in splendid fashion. Not only that but it was a kickoff to series of stories that was well-received and did the community good.

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Design follows content

The top of this story grabbed me and shook tears right from out of me. The words were powerful and I let them influence the design. In this case it was all about finding a way to highlight them their power and impact.

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Introducing…

The launch of the newly redesigned Wilmington Sunday News Journal. Thanks to the hard work of studio director Tim Frank and creative director Joanne Sosangelis we know have a lovely new canvas and a brand new set of tools with which to do good work.

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