SNDLOU: Introducing the Washington Post’s Brian Gross

Brian Gross, senior designer at the Washington Post
Brian Gross, senior designer at the Washington Post

What is your current position?

Senior designer for the Washington Post

Can you share a little background on your career?

I’ve had the good fortune to learn from many talented designers over the years — first at the Savannah Morning News when Dan Suwyn was managing editor. I started designing sports there under Stephen Komives, who taught me to study the masters such as Wayne Kamidoi. Then I worked in San Diego for three years with Bill Gaspard and crew (Michael Whitley was doing A1), before somehow getting a call to join Dan Zedek’s intimidating all-star lineup at the Boston Globe that included Greg Klee, Chin Wang, David Schutz, Grant Staublin and Josue Evilla, to name just a few. I had some huge footsteps to follow in sports there, but it was a privilege to sit in the sports front chair the night the Red Sox won their first World Series title in 86 years. And here at the Post, I’ve been thrilled to work with award-winning talents such as Chris Rukan, Greg Manifold, Chris Meighan, Marianne Seregi, Chris George, Christian Font, Janet Michaud, Tim Ball, Jon Wile and Kristin Lenz among many others.

What topic will you be speaking on at SND LOU?

The surprising playoff runs of the Nationals and Redskins last year, what Chris Rukan and I did to prepare, and ideas we had for adding content.

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Why are you excited about speaking at SND LOU?

I think it’s fun to share what you’ve worked on, see what other people have worked on, and hopefully inspire someone else or find inspiration. Questions are always great, and I like meeting people after the session. I met Luke Knox after an SND session in Detroit several years ago and looked over some of his work with him, and I get such a kick out of seeing the brilliant work he’s doing now!

What inspires you?

It’s always the work — contributing to a good story, researching a chart or helping other designers refine their ideas.

What is one piece of advice you have for SND LOU attendees?

If you haven’t been before, take notes during the sessions, meet as many people as you can, and don’t be afraid to wedge your way into group conversations. Be upbeat and curious, trade names and contact info, and keep some samples of your work handy.

To register for SND Louisville, click here.

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