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Designed my last A1 for the Statesman last night, almost exactly a year after my first A1 shift. Sad to leave the desk, where I’ve learned so much, but excited for a new adventure on the web as an online content producer for statesman.com — I start full-time tomorrow!

September 5, 2011:

September 3, 2012:

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Alternative story forms, what what!
Overall, I just like this page OK, though I am happy with how the centerpiece turned out. I could have done more with it if we hadn’t needed to get four other stories out on the front … but I’m not going to complain about the newspaper having too much news. (:

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The past couple of weeks at work:

I think this centerpiece photo — by staff photographer Laura Skelding — is really beautiful. So glad I was able to run it large and in color!

I was hoping to beef up this centerpiece package a bit, so I dug through the story and pulled out some of the (many) numbers for an A1 rail to supplement the photo and graphic.

I recommend this centerpiece story — even if you haven’t been following the AISD charter drama closely — if you have a chance. Good stuff.

Besides work, I have been getting some other things done — like buying a wedding dress. (: More on that later!

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A couple of my pages from last week, both a little different from the norm.

Love getting to mix things up with a cool vertical photo!

This one’s not my favorite visually, but there’s reasoning behind it — we wanted the Obama story high up on the page, and there’s no way the word ‘marriage’ would have fit in one column. In the interest of having headlines that make sense, I gave it two columns next to the lead story … it does help to think like an editor when drawing boxes on the page. (:

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I’ve had the pleasure of both designing and editing some great stories over the past month (on that note, take a moment to check out this piece following an Austin officer’s death last week). Here’s Sunday’s front, designed by yours truly.

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I did my first Sunday A1 this week! Yay.

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My former coworker Shirley posted a recipe for key lime cupcakes on her awesome blog last month, and I couldn’t wait to try them. I whipped up a batch to take to work to celebrate our redesign (before/after PDFs here; I did the page on the left, our last with the old styles).

I’m not really into cake, but I looove the lime flavor of these. I made the cupcakes a couple of days before I frosted them, so I managed to convince myself it was OK to have them for breakfast.

Shirley’s recipe follows. My only tweak was to add another lime to the frosting. And they only took 15 minutes in my oven.

Key Lime Cupcakes (makes 24)

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest and juice of 8 key limes
2 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 graham crackers, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup tin with cupcake papers.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vanilla, and zest and juice. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of yogurt mixture.

Divide evenly among cupcake cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in tin, then cool completely on a rack.

Frost the cupcakes. Crush the graham crackers, then sprinkle over the frosted tops for garnish.

Key Lime Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese (1 bar), room temperature
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
Zest and juice of 2 key limes
1½ cups confectioners sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Whip the cream cheese and butter together with an electric mixer. Add the other ingredients, and mix slowly, then faster, until combined.

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Happy New Year!

Things have been unusually busy lately (or maybe not — but for some reason it feels that way). But I’ve been wanting to get back to the blog, so here are some of my favorite pages from the past few weeks. And I’m proud to report that I survived my first sports design shift!


I hope to post some pictures soon. I took them six weeks ago, but I haven’t given up hope on getting around to editing them.

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A couple of recent front pages:

10/22 Austin American-Statesman A1

11/1 Austin American-Statesman A1


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I had my first shift as A1 designer this weekend! I’m very happy with how it turned out, considering the chaotic night we had.

Here’s my baby: Austin American-Statesman A1, 9/5/11

For information on helping wildfire victims, check out the Statesman’s Central Texas Wildfire Recovery page on Facebook.

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