Monday, July 9, 2007

Food page design … a current passion


This post is dedicated to sharing a little of what I do on a daily basis.

With 15 years spent as a photo editor for our local newspaper, the bulk of my duties included photo editing the food section and working closely with the page designer and the food editor to come up with concepts and shape the visual language of the section.

Several months ago I had an opportunity to leave the photo department and move to the design desk.

After 17 years in photo, a change sounded great! I dove in to learning a completely new way of getting the vision in my head into the computer and eventually onto the pages of our newspaper. Funny how life works... Originally I accepted the design job with the caveat that I would see myself not only returning to the food section but also on a case by case basis be given the opportunity to photograph or illustrate concepts I came up with. Personally not thinking myself quite ready, two months ago I came full circle when I was given the Food Section to design and art direct.

So far, I'm having fun again and finding that page design suits me well. These pages are some of my favorites. I'll probably post more from time to time.

It's strange how a simple shift in focus can rejuvenate. For the first time in years I'm feeling filled with creativity at work again. The icing of course is the privilege of being able to combine two of my passions: food (discussion / taste testing) AND design. Blessed. I am truly Blessed.

Happy Monday and well wishes for a great week!

6 comments:

Rose said...

What a great work you have here. Congratulations on your new job and a lot of success to you.

Darlene said...

Your food pages look fantastic! It looks like the one of the must reads at the U-T if not for the food items but visual appeal as well.

I imagine only good things will come out of this new passion. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

KleoPatra said...

You're doing a great job at the paper! It's so nice to see how the positivity at work has recharged you.

And as well, it's great to see that the new position has given you a more hopeful outlook in these trying noozpaper times.

Having a total blast? Bravo!

photogirl said...

Rose, Darlene, Kleo...

Thank you all for the compliments and the well wishes!

Mae said...

They look fantastic! I had the chance to be the senior designer for a publishing company when i was offered the job last year but turned it down to continue my career in Accounting! How foolish.

Your work is outstanding. Keep it up!

photogirl said...

Thank you Mae!

I love your blog and your photographs are stunning. I'm still an infant in the world of food blogging but am looking forward to the journey...especially since it gives me the opportunity to see, read, and exchange thoughts and ideas with other like-minded people...

Thank you for stopping by and looking forward to continuing to see your work as well!

PS: I found my job switch to be most invigorating! From what I've seen of your work, you would have made an excellent senior designer! :)