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I’ve been using the internet at the Missourian for the last few days during the afternoon and since I was there for so long tonight … I got to design a page. Here’s what might be my last little gem for page three tomorrow:


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July 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

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I’m currently the only TA assigned to permanetly work the print desk on Saturdays, so last night I did 5 pages. Here’s one:

Here are the others:

And here’s a relatively quick masthead I worked up for the front. This semester, I’d like to create at least one with a fully-integrated photo (two layers, background and foreground.) We’ll see.

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January 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm


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This post doesn’t need a longer title. I’m back at work and can now show you my final infographics project from last semester (I posted some in-progress images of the cats last month) that ran in the Missourian last week – it’s a full page! The subject matter shouldn’t come as a surprise, if you know me.

Here’s another graphic from the Thanksgiving season (two smaller graphics combined into a full page), as well as another holiday-themed one that I never got to finish:

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January 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

little by little

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I went out to get soup last night and came back to find I had a new task. We decided going with an evaluative piece (which I cut down from ~70 inches) from the AP on page 3, which readers would see as soon as they opened the paper, rather than blaring the news on the front the day after (though we did run a floorboard tease). For this reason, I chose to go with a quiet, more refined presentation set off from the rest of the page by white space.

Mucho thanks to Josh Barone, who is the best sounding board a girl could ask for.

So far, no one else has run the cuddly iMac photo. Which I think is a shame. It’s my desire to propagate it across the web:

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October 6, 2011 at 11:07 am


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Found some headlines I wrote earlier this summer — or last season, seeing as how summer is now over.

I will never do anything so great again.

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September 27, 2011 at 12:56 am

rain again

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Last week’s project was to produce an online, downloadable component (or ‘Ebook’) for the Missourian’s localized coverage of 9/11, intended for use on tablets and other. The focus is on readability, and learning how to design for the screen is much different than for print, because singular items/stories/packages on each spread remove the need for visual hierarchy between packages.

Sometimes, the designs feel a little “boring,” but doing anything more would be impractical.

The above is my favorite page from inside. I actually asked the photographer, Katie Currid, to go back into the studio and take some shots mimicking the lens flare used on the portraits she had taken of Missouri Task Force 1 members for a feature or splash page of sorts. MUCH more interesting than a flat, black background and also much more engaging than anything I could have mocked up in Indesign to replicate the effect.

Some more pages from inside:

I’ve heard some good things in response to it so far and am excited for future projects! Next time … I will remember to give myself credit on the table of contents and include our publication info. Until next time!

You can download the Ebook from the Missourian, or click here: Sept11_2011.

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September 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm