A proven leader
I developed leadership and management skills during my work on team projects such as the 2011-12 redesign of Dispatch.com, where I was the lead designer. I feel just as comfortable verbally communicating ideas to fellow designers and developers as I do to editors and reporters and I am skilled in presenting work to large and small groups. I was an advocate for design in daily Agile meetings and worked one-on-one with developers to ensure design consistency.
A thoughtful designer
My design decisions are based on the content, not meaningless design flourishes or trends. Content is king and my job is to make sure readers don’t miss the message, and that they understand the basics before diving in. I also illustrate complex topics in insightful, unexpected ways, always mindful to match the story or product in both message and tone. My informational graphics and page designs for The Dispatch were created to inform and educate readers as much as they are to grab attention and be attractive.
A branding advocate
I respect and advocate consistency in design and branding. I created an extensive design style guide for the redesign of Dispatch.com and I am a hawk when it comes to spotting inconsistencies in our print product. I apply the same tenacity to advocating the brand guidelines at Nationwide Insurance.
As a designer at The Dispatch, I worked with photographers, editors, and reporters on thoughtful, compelling page designs, which ranged from magazine-style special section covers to Sunday A1 news fronts. I frequently attended photo shoots for food and special section covers and enjoyed working with photographers to get the lighting and composition of our subjects just right. I enjoy brainstorming concepts with a small group of creative people and have found that such collaboration can quickly cut through the obvious ideas and yield concepts that are truly special.