LA Weekly, Last Pages

No job I’ve held has been as influential on me and my career as the eight years I spent as art director of LA Weekly. The crazy deadlines, the diverse subject matter and the constant collaboration with staff and contributors — some of the most gifted in their fields — was a crucible for my ideas about graphic design in a practical context. This post is a sort of random collection of a fraction of the pages we produced in my last couple years at the paper. I believe the... Read The Rest →

LA Weekly 2003 Comics Issue

I’m proud to say that for the last three years I was at LA Weekly we probably had the best alt-comics coverage of any major periodical in the country. This is the third comic issue I produced for LA Weekly. Once a year, the editors would take a break (except for the poor news people) and they’d turn the whole mess over to me to put together. With the help of people such as Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics, Peggy Burns at Drawn & Quarterly, the good folks at Meltdown and Golden... Read The Rest →

LA Weekly Drug Issue

Way back in 2001, the editorial staff of LA Weekly decided to create a special issue dedicated entirely to the topic of nonprescription drugs. I always looked forward to special issues, particularly when I had plenty of warning and a decent budget. Working with then-associate art director, Dana Collins, we began to assign full-page pieces to some of the best image makers we knew. I pushed the whole thing in an almanac/American vernacular direction that let us pack the type in readably, while opening up plenty of art space —... Read The Rest →

LA Weekly

In design school, I cut my teeth at the local paper, The Daily Collegian. I was art director there for a couple years. Really I wanted to be an illustrator, but I learned that my illustration sucked and I was actually a better designer and manager. It all sort of worked out. I loved the frenzy of putting out the news, and I liked having my own office, but I swore after graduating and moving to Los Angeles that I would not work for another newspaper. This, of course, lead... Read The Rest →

Photography

The images on this page are from my occasional photo assignments in L.A. For personal work, check out my Pinterest boards: Film cameras » • Japan » • Pasadena CA » • Shibuya Taxis » - – - A shot of the Hollywood subway station which ran in L.A. Weekly. It was also chosen for American Photography 17. - – – – – – - Superman on Hollywood and Highland. - – – – – – - I did an interview with comic artiste Tony Millionaire, and also shot him in his studio.... Read The Rest →

Illustration

For Mean magazine. - – – – – – - I mostly illustrate for publications that I’m art directing. Not always, but usually. If you’re looking for a fantastic illustrator, feel free to email me. I know several and would be glad to put you in touch. I enjoy illustrating, though, so if you see anything here you like, drop a line. - – – – – – - Director Chris Nolan for Mean. Kinda hard to see the fine-line stuff on the web. This illustration relied heavily on the... Read The Rest →

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