Company picnic

Photo / Jul. 22, 2011

More Leica M9 fun — this time at the company picnic at Alex’s beautiful new country estate in The Plains.

Outstanding Directors Awards

Design / Jun. 24, 2011

The Outstanding Directors Awards is the latest addition to the Business Journal’s “signature” events. The plan is for a glitzy black tie EoY-style event in late November.

Women Who Mean Business

Design / Jun. 23, 2011

The Women Who Mean Business creative has always feature a picture of a woman (or multiple women) — and what a pain. She couldn’t be old or young or pretty or ugly or frumpy or sexy. Basically she had to be the most boring stock woman in existence. Well this year I said no more. Women who mean business are bright yellow watercolor splotches!

A say on pay

Design / Jun. 10, 2011

National airport flight exemptions

Design / Apr. 1, 2011

I brought a little BusinessWeek into this graphic showing the destinations and number of flights that are currently exempt from National airport’s 1,250-mile limit.

Washington Business Journal redesign

Design / Apr. 9, 2010

Almost a year and a half in the making, this was the largest redesign WBJ has done in a long while, but it was almost even bigger. Plans to go to a five-column format, a smaller web width and heavier, whiter paper died about a year into the process. And despite careful planning, Page 1 and the nameplate were changed less than a week before launch thanks to The Washington Post’s earlier-than-expected launch of Capital Business. While I’m largely pleased with the results, Page 1 still feels a little like a frankenstein project.

Inside pages were opened up slightly, making way for Guardian and Publico-style layouts with large art.

Section fronts became section spreads to allow a single block of editorial going across the spread and dedicated non-full page ad space.

The use of color changed significantly too. The paper is now 100 percent color and the color palette is strong and bright.

The Opinion pages are the only pages that deviate from the four column grid — it’s actually five with a two-on-three staff column in the center.

Typefaces used are Publico Headline, Publico Text, Guardian Sans and Guardian Text Sans — all available from my pal Christian Schwartz over at Commercial Type.