Talkin’ about myself

Growing up in the winter wonderland of Michigan made me realize that snow is pretty to look at but not much fun to live in. So after college I hightailed it to the warmest place I could imagine–Phoenix, Arizona. That’s where I landed my first real design gig at Phoenix New Times, the flagship paper of Village Voice Media, an alt-weekly newspaper chain. Starting as a production designer and working my way up, I became production manager for one of the sister papers, Cleveland Scene. Continuing my forward momentum, I stayed in the Village Voice family and moved down to South Florida where I applied my management skills to Miami New Times, a paper more than double the size the size of Cleveland Scene. After a couple years I finally made it to my dream position of Art Director, starting at New Times Broward-Palm Beach, and five years later at Miami New Times.

I absolutely loved creating covers and features within the excitement and pace of an alt-weekly, but I felt that I needed to take the next step to continue my growth as a designer. Art directing Worth and Watch Journal (which is no longer published under Sandow) has allowed me the development that I was seeking, expanding on the skills I already possessed and adding a new layer of sophistication and creativity.

In addition to design, I also love cats, running, World of Warcraft, horror movies, towel animals and a super hoppy IPA.

Awards and Acknowledgements

Society of Publication Design; Merit Winner, Cover design

PRINT Regional Design Annual (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Florida Press Club; Feature design

Society of Professional Journalists; Cover design; Feature design

Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; Cover design; Feature design

SPD coverage