5 years without Mia

I call myself decent at remembering birthdays, but I’m terrible at remembering dates of tragedies. I suppose this is mostly a good thing. However, Facebook Memories was here to remind me at 3am when I woke to let the dog out that 5 years ago today, I was lying in bed beside my grandmother, Mia,…

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7-Day Art Challenge Day 6: Photo shoots

My friend Tamera tagged me in a 7-day art challenge recently. The rules are simple: post 7 pieces of art on social media and talk about them. So far with my posts, we’ve visited the darkroom, the newsroom, a magazine startup, poetry, and book cover design. Today I want to talk about the beauty that is the photo shoot.…

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7-Day Art Challenge Day 5: Book Design and Editing

When you grew up as a bookworm and then you decide to be a print designer and editor — and then your best friend from childhood calls you to tell you she’s writing a book — well, it’s pretty much the best day of your life. — My friend Tamera tagged me in a 7-day art challenge recently. The rules…

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7 Day Art Challenge Day 2: South Carolina Press Association: Best of the Best

My friend Tamara Lavalla tagged me in a 7-day art challenge. Day 1 was about my time spent in the darkroom at Winthrop. Not sure if this challenge is supposed to be chronological or not, but my time at The Herald feels like a logical next step to talk about here. I sent my resume…

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7 Day Art Challenge Day 1: Winthrop University photography class

My friend and art idol Tamara Lavalla tagged me recently in a 7-day art challenge. I’ve been a graphic designer/layout editor for the better part of 16 years and I still sit up a little straighter and smile when someone calls me an artist. And when someone as talented as Tamara tags me in an…

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NoDa garage mural was created by HGTV-famous NC artist

You may or may not have seen our post yesterday on Melissa Oyler Designs’ blog about North Carolina mural artist Scott Nurkin and his recent rise to HGTV fame. You also may or may not also know a tiny fun fact: Scott Nurkin painted a mural on our garage.   I designed a brochure for…

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Media conspiracy, biased coverage and a shrinking newsroom

The front page of today’s Charlotte Observer featured a centerpiece that is getting a lot of backlash in the community. The story and photos are about an upcoming trial, in which police officer Wes Kerrick is being brought up on voluntary manslaughter charges for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, an accident victim who was…

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When design and words collide – magic happens.

Amid Capeci, who was an art director for Newsweek, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, died a couple of weeks ago at age 50. I didn’t know Capeci, although I did admire his work, so when he passed away I took notice. I would try to describe his art, but it might be better to just…

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