Editorial Print Design

A range of print ideas I art directed as a test for several publications to show how I communicate visual ideas. Please note that none of these pieces are published work.

Men’s Health
Prompt: Design a feature opener for a package story. Include a head, dek and intro for the package as well as the head, dek, and part of one of the six stories and art.

The New York Times, Opinion
Prompt: On this print cover, we featured 2 stories that offered different viewpoints on a similar topic. Is there an image, artist or concept that would solve more effectively for a 2 story cover? Feel free to sketch possible solutions.


I love the chilling effect of the image used for the digital version of A Supreme Court Fight Might Be Exactly What America Needs. We could translate this mood to print by creating an illustrated cyanotype by Armando Veve of the Supreme Court building upside down. This commission could have the same chilling effect across print as cyanotypes often provide emotion that an untreated photo can’t portray, but stripping away the rest of the image and focusing on the main point – in this case, the Supreme Court.

The New York Times, Opinion
Prompt: Here are links to published Sunday Review cover stories. We’re curious to know how you might have reimagined each to better articulate the mood of each piece. What other possible moods or directions could you imagine the art taking? Or is there, in your mind, a more appropriate headline for the piece? Feel free to suggest other artists or design solutions.

Don't Give Up on America
The words of Marilynne Robinson, a feminist in her late 70s, are inspiring and patriotic. The entire piece is a rallying cry. Her perspective is so strong that someone with the same tone and view on the world should help tell this story. I would reflect Marilynne’s voice and identity visually by commissioning Barbara Kruger to create a photo and text collage with her iconic red text bars that would read I Won’t Give Up on America over a black and white image of people going to the polls to vote (after the Voting Rights Act was extended in 1982). In this context, her art would address politics directly and draw the viewer into the piece by quite literally putting them in it by using personal pronouns, making it impossible to not look at – similar to Marilynne’s words, which are impossible to stop reading.

White Supremacy Was Her World. And Then She Left.
The current illustration does a nice job of telling the reader that white supremacy was Corinna Olsen’s world, but it fails to show the aftermath (and then she left) and creates a disconnect between the headline. Seeing that it just shows Corinna filled with white supremacy, it doesn’t finish the story. I would commission Danielle Morgan to illustrate different scenes of Ms Olsen’s process through white supremacy, from start to finish. Given that this piece is about evolution, Danielle’s work has a sequential style of illustration fitting for a story of transformation. It would provide more humanism through her minimalistic line drawings by showing Corinna in these different stages of white supremacy, tying itself to the full headline and ultimately, showing her come out of her world of hate as a new person.

Another direction could lean more emotive and reflective by bringing in even more personal features of the subject. I would commission Xia Gordon to illustrate a portrait of Corinna with her face as the focal point. In the background, we see different versions of Corinna as a white supremacist and coming out the other side. The viewer could interpret Corinna’s portrait in the foreground as her current self reflecting on her past self in the background. Still showing a theme of transformation but more cognitive.

The New York Times, Opinion
Prompt: Using the elements in the attached packaged file design three different versions of the Sunday Review cover. Consider the scale and print quality of newsprint.

The Wall Street Journal, Off-Duty
Prompt: Sketch a rough cover comp for this existing story to show the editor how you will approach the story each week and what kind of images you feel will make a compelling section opener/jump page.

I would highlight how a piece of vintage furniture works in homes from two different eras. I would commission a highly detailed illustration by Ilya Milstein, where we would see a tight shot of the same couch between two scenes. On the left, we would see someone using it in a past decade and on the right, someone using it in present day. Specific illustrated details, like use of electronics or fashion, can make a clear distinction between both time periods.

Inside split illustration: we would see a 1960s-style vanity between two different scenes. On the left, it’s used as a vanity and on the right, it's used as an entry table. This will highlight how people are often sourcing furniture for other uses beyond their originally intended purpose.

Collage art is often used to pull together different textures and elements to create a cohesive image. Similarly, sourcing different resale or vintage items for your home can come together to make your home feel one-of-a-kind. I would commission an eclectic collage from Pedro Nekoi, showing a wide-angle shot with a complete view of the vintage-filled room.

Sidebars:  I would commission simple line drawing illustrations that feel approachable yet playful from Tamara Shopsin.