Design Career Crossroads

As newsrooms evolve and consolidated studios mature, which environment is best for you? This group discussion will help you determine the right setting for your next step toward greater creative freedom and visual leadership.​ Will a broader experience accelerate your learning and give you a killer portfolio, or will the intimacy of working on a single team be your key to success? We’ll talk to designers who have worked in both environments and compare notes from organizations, large and small. One size doesn’t fit all.

Tim Frank

Director of Print Innovation, Advance Digital


Tim Frank recently joined Advance Digital as their director of print innovation. Previously, he launched Gannett’s Asbury Park design studio, building a team of 85 designers and editors aimed at showing that good work can happen in large shops. Before that, he led the award winning visual teams at the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

Tracy Collins

Director, Gannett's Phoenix Design Studio


Tracy Collins is director of Gannett’s Design Studio in Phoenix, and president of the SND Foundation. Prior to launching the Phoenix Design Studio, Collins had been in charge of operations and visuals for The Arizona Republic, having served the paper at various times as sports, presentation, planning and convergence editor. He was graphics editor and then assistant managing editor/news for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and before that served in design, reporting, content editing and management jobs for newspapers in Pittsburgh, York, Pa., and Lumberton, N.C. Collins is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio.