I worked for the Deseret News for over seven years. During my job there I designed thousands of section fronts, covers and inside pages. I also illustrated stories and created graphics. I'm fast and efficient, and I love the rush of designing on deadline. Editors on the sports desk used to call me "the wizard" because I could make pages come together magically within minutes. I'm your go-to girl for late sports games, breaking news and pushing design to make an impact. For me, news design should always be clean, compelling and purposeful.
I love news design. I love telling stories that transform the lives of people around the world. I love facing daily challenges and coming up with creative solutions. I love joking in the newsroom and working with unbelievably talented professionals. I am home here, with all the madness and charm of the news.
I sometimes design an educational insert for The Newspapers in Education program on a topic of my choosing. They run as full-page infographics inside the Deseret News and are used by teachers and children in schools across the state. I pick an educational topic and then research, write, edit and design the infographic.
In 2012 I joined the Obama campaign and became the Artist Outreach Coordinator of Utah. I was our local team's design guru and helped design buttons, t-shirts, fliers and training materials for volunteers. Our budget was very limited, so we sold the merchandise I designed to help fund trips to battleground states like Colorado. I wrote, edited and designed a pamphlet called the "Passport to Progress." Volunteers used it as a quick reference guide to grassroots campaigning tactics and to document their achievements.
We spent many nights huddled around coffee shops late at night, talking about using art to make a local and national impact. The success of the campaign hinged on young people within the grassroots organization and I believe design helped fuel our mission.
The Deseret News occasionally prints educational tabloids that are handed out to schools across the state. This particular tabloid was about the history of sports in Utah and used as a marketing device for our TV station KSL. I wrote, researched, designed and edited this entire tabloid with the help of the director of the Newspapers in Education program, Cindy Richards. I spent weeks researching the history of sports for timelines that run across the top or bottom of each page. The information available was sparse and incomplete, and I believe this publication is the only thorough record of the major sports events in Utah.
I’ve designed thousands of graphics for the Deseret News. The topics vary from story to story, and it's my job to figure out the best way to display data so it is clear and meaningful. All graphics are made in Adobe Illustrator and follow the Deseret News style. Here are just a handful of examples including bar charts, info graphics, maps and pie charts.
In 2012 I participated in the Barack Obama Art Works poster project. I became one of nation's 12 finalists, picked from thousands of submissions. We were judged on adherence to the theme, appropriateness of tone and artistic merit. After the contest, I became heavily involved in the local Obama for America campaign. I worked with Utah State Director Igor Limansky to help illustrate presentations and posters. We wanted to use art to inspire and ignite passion. Together we reached out to local artists and contributors to volunteer towards our efforts.
Personal sketches, mostly done with ink and markers.
Traditional paintings and drawings.
In 2010 I was commissioned to draw a series of pin-up girls for a lingerie brand called Bitchin' Boxers. They were printed on underwear and t-shirts, so the coloring had to be minimal with a total of four colors plus white for each illustration. These are all vector images drawn in Adobe Illustrator.