Design is a collaborative process on our staff. Reporters and editors work closely with our Managing Editor Jimmy Faunce and our designers, including my brother Chase. Jimmy does wonders for our publication, and was privileged to win the logo design competition for National Scholastic Journalism Week.

Our adviser is also the graphic design teacher at the school. She actively recruits students from her classes to do graphics for our paper, and apply what they’re learning in class.

I am not one of her students. Frankly, design is an area I have a lot of area to grow. All the design work you see here is work that I have picked up outside of any class or formal instruction.

Often I work directly with Jimmy to determine how the paper should look for print and what the graphics should look like.

To the left, you can see the first pages I ever designed. In April 2015, I was applying to be Editor-in-Chief. I wanted to learn what the layout process was like for designers. My adviser and last year's designers coached me on InDesign basics so I could fill in where needed.

Freshman Survey

In August 2015, we launched our first freshman survey. In two days, we surveyed every freshman during orientation, created infographics and a presentation that concluded their orientation, and designed a three-page feature for the September issue.

For more information on the freshman survey, check out my entrepreneurship page.

Deciding how we were going to present all this information under such a time crunch was the most difficult part of the entire process. We entered all of the survey data into from our survey. One of my roles on the team was deciding what the best type of chart was to present the data in an engaging way.

Some required more advanced designing than the platform allowed, so I developed the ideas for how to display the various graphics. I shared ideas and worked collaboratively with our team of designers who made it a reality.

Below are a just a few of the transitions between and the final graphic. You can view the final online edition here.









A Light of Exposure

A powerful story needs a powerful and enhancing design - that is precisely what we tried to do with the layout of this story.

The process for it started when the story was still in its early stages. I began to realize that everyone had a connection to suicide, and the lead graphic for the front page of the story emerged from that realization. Here is the sketch that our designers helped turn into digital form.

The design of this story is extremely deliberate. Based on media guidelines for covering suicide, we carefully designed the piece with callout resources for help available on every page.

It’s important to think about the final display even at the infant stages, and this story is a demonstration of that process at work.

I took all the photos for this story, and thought that turning them into worn-looking polaroids would capture the mood of the story. I ran it past the designers and they agreed.

These pictures captured the human aspect of a story on suicide. It was important to keep this story real for the reader. They need to feel like the sources are people they know, and that people who die by suicide could be their closest friends.

Abandoning our standard callout quote style for polaroid images of students holding up signs carried this human element visually throughout the story, and kept consistency with the front page image.

Below are two pictures I took, and how I transformed them using Polamatic.

Click the graphic to read the story online, or the page to see the print layout.

Redefining Grades as Upward Trend Continues

As described in my news gathering section, I had an incredible amount of data for this story. It was challenging to come up with one clear graph that showed the trend over the years.

I conceived the concept for the graph below, shared the data and a basic chart design with designers, and worked collaboratively to develop a design that fit with the package of the story.

I think the graphic speaks for itself. It’s one thing to talk about statistics, but showing data visually helps brings it to focus.

I also really like the typography of the piece. I thought it would be a really good idea to have a “report card A” in the title, because the story basically talks about how common inflated grades have become, and the designer delivered.

Click the graphic to read the story online, or the page to see the print layout.

Logo Design - TIE

When I was a sophomore, I was convinced I was going to be an entrepreneur. I came back from my summer entrepreneurship program all fired up to start this business idea I had called Teen Insight Exchange (TIE).

Originally it was called B&B Consulting, which is why you can see some of the sketches below have B&B instead of TIE. The concept was simple - a marketing consulting firm of teenagers for companies whose target audience is teenagers. Basically, who knows how to get teens to buy a product or service more than teens?

I designed this logo to the left completely on my own, and secured Abercrombie & Fitch as my first client. Their CEO resigned, things fell through, and I really discovered I have zero passion for marketing.

However, I learned several valuable skills such as web development, app development, logo design, and business plan writing.

Here are some sketches and simple digital renderings along the way.

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