our #prom package cover! I was really pumped/proud of this :)

our #prom package cover! I was really pumped/proud of this :)

I wanted this story for years in the vein of “Stuff White People Like.” We finally got it, and here’s how I chose to illustrate it. 

I wanted this story for years in the vein of “Stuff White People Like.” We finally got it, and here’s how I chose to illustrate it. 

Here is my crowning achievement as a Features Editor, our Accent on Halloween week. 

My features section has daily themes of Health, Family, Food, Movies, Arts & Entertainment and Life and Style. So for Halloween, we delivered Halloween coverage for each one of these themes.

Sunday Life & Style: Real-life Ghostbusters
Monday Health: Phobias
Tuesday Family: DIY costumes
Wednesday Food: Spooky Halloween treats
Thursday Movies: Top 10 best horror villains
Friday A&E: Horror house Acres of Terror.

I call this my crowning achievement because on top of planning and assigning this week’s section, I shot photos for two out of the 6 centerpieces (do-it-yourself costumes and Acres of Terror), I designed and did layout on all sections (as I usually do) and I wrote the Movies centerpiece on Horror movie villains, I wrote my Indiewatch weekly movie review on “Trick ‘r Treat” and a column for Friday’s centerpiece on the Acres of Terror horror house (it was scary as hell). 

It was a crazy week, and I was glad it was over when it was, but it will remain my crowning achievement because it forced me to challenge myself and to hone all of my skills as editor, photographer writer and designer. So without further adieu, enjoy the fruits of my and my reporters’ labor. 

Created this illustration in Photoshop for our Sunday centerpiece on how Facebook stalking and an infatuation with social media can distort reality for some users. 

Created this illustration in Photoshop for our Sunday centerpiece on how Facebook stalking and an infatuation with social media can distort reality for some users. 

Great photos for this cover design of the Grand Cities Zombie Music Fest (October 2013.) Instead of the usual regular zombie illustration, this year I wanted us to talk to those who were prepping for the event. We interviewed a “zombie” and a nonprofit group  participating in the event who also based their theme off of “Resident Evil.” 

Great photos for this cover design of the Grand Cities Zombie Music Fest (October 2013.) Instead of the usual regular zombie illustration, this year I wanted us to talk to those who were prepping for the event. We interviewed a “zombie” and a nonprofit group  participating in the event who also based their theme off of “Resident Evil.” 


Our cover for couch surfing. I wanted to do a design concept that DID NOT include a couch on a surf board. Here’s what I came up with. 

Our cover for couch surfing. I wanted to do a design concept that DID NOT include a couch on a surf board. Here’s what I came up with. 

I’m proud of this centerpiece for more than its graphic appeal. This was the first relationship story we did in my section, and its usefulness and timeliness is paramount. 

I’m proud of this centerpiece for more than its graphic appeal. This was the first relationship story we did in my section, and its usefulness and timeliness is paramount. 

My cover design for the June 2013 Grand Cities Art Fest. I wanted it to remain catchy, clean and progressive as it represented an event for artists and art lovers. 

My cover design for the June 2013 Grand Cities Art Fest. I wanted it to remain catchy, clean and progressive as it represented an event for artists and art lovers. 

Here’s my cover concept for our centerpiece on wine. In brainstorming this cover design, I was adamant about NOT including a wine glass or bottle. This is what I came up with. 

Here’s my cover concept for our centerpiece on wine. In brainstorming this cover design, I was adamant about NOT including a wine glass or bottle. This is what I came up with. 

I'm a graphic designer with a background in page layout for print publications. My experience is in conceptualizing centerpieces and executing them for a daily newspaper. I've created the Grand Forks Herald's feature section from the ground up, including creating style sheets, folios and logos.