Best Magazine Covers of 2017

The first thing I remember designing in InDesign was a magazine cover mock-up. I was a sophomore in high school so naturally my subjects were the Jonas Brothers. I dubbed the glossy, Hollywood & Vine, which is probably an intersection, but I only knew of it because of a Hilary Duff lyric.

The project sparked a love of magazines and editorial design. So much so that I pursued a degree in magazines.

ANYWAY, one of my favorite things every year is the ASME Best Cover Contest. They round up the best of the best and put them to a vote for the coveted title. I’ve rifled through them and pulled out my favorites to share here.


Peep the rest of the contenders and vote for your favorites on the ASME Facebook page.

Some Recent Work

Between a new part-time job, freelance work, and okay fine some moderate Netflix binging, I’ve been lousy about posting as of late. So I thought I’d take a minute to share some recent design work on this platform. (There’s a bunch more on my portfolio if you’re interested.)

First up, a fun little project at my job. Last month we took off for Omaha to get our four studios together for our annual corporate retreat. The getaway presents an open bar, but also a chance to deviate from the normal design standards for name tags, schedules, and other marketing collateral.

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This year I played off the theme of the old time-y murals in Omaha’s Old Market, since that’s we spent the bulk of our time. I got to exercise some hand lettering skills (lol because they’re hardly skills.) But it was fun to put pencil to paper and brush up on my Adobe Illustrator techniques.


More recently, I got to design bachelorette invites for my BFF, Julianne. She’s getting hitched in Key West, Florida next month, and the long weekend is pulling double duty for an epic girls night out, too. The event called for millennial pink (still not over it) and a tropical motif, duh. I went the postcard route to play into the destination wedding theme and printed these up with Moo. Their matte coating is soft and luxurious and never fails me.

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Mood Board No. 2

New month, new mood. Well, we’re half way through September already, but cut me a break.

Anyway, fall is, was, and always will be my favorite season. Not just because of my birthday (October 10th, pencil it in), but because of the cool air and warm colors. So naturally when I stepped on my first crunchy leaves yesterday I was elated. I mean, I very nearly wore my favorite oversized sweater today before I checked the weather and realized it was going to be sunny and 90 degrees.

I pumped the breaks wardrobe-wise, but you’d better believe I’m dreaming sweet, sweet dreams of over-the-knee boots, brisk jacket weather, and all the rich lipstick shades I stashed away for the summer.

So today I’m serving up ochre and rust. The two colors are all at once natural and luxe, cozy and daring, and supremely autumn.


Image Sources: neon, leather jacket, yellow furfur collar coat, comparison, landscape, liquor, yellow suede, eyes, blood orange, living room, blinds

Just My Type

Happy Friday! If I’m being dead honest, I have a tendency to squander away my weekends on a Netflix binge. They’re good for the soul (don’t fight me on that), but I’m trying to make better use of those two precious days off. So I’m trying to ward off the temptation to couch-it-up all weekend with a heavy dose of inspiration before happy hour even strikes.

Here’s the first of what I imagine will be many, many design dumps. There’s no rhyme or reason to these typography picks except that they’re all dope and inspiring me lately.

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Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 89, 10, 11