What are your impressions of this year’s contest?
I think there’s a tremendous amount of really good work, but the stuff our team is awarding kicks things up to a much higher notch. And I have’t seen really anything that didn’t deserve to be on the table and entered. Also, I notice some of the more interesting and innovative work is coming from the mid-size and small papers.
Have you spotted any new trends?
Quite a few graphic novel treatments, quite a bit of handwritten type and an awful lot of circle graphics. Some are used appropriately and some frankly aren’t.
What are your passions outside of work?
I build Mission furniture and plan to take a tour of the Stickley factory while I’m in Syracuse. I also grow bonsai trees. I told someone it was to make lumber for doll furniture but they didn’t believe me.