Toasting 2013

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Why Blogs Burn Out, Illustration, Jan. 18, 2013.

Tidying up the final few strands of 2013…

I’ve gotten to work with a lot of talented people at various papers, but it is almost always after the fact, putting together what they bring back to me. One of the disadvantages of being a page designer is that most of your time is spent in front of a computer, waiting for writers and photographers to file something. Creating a great package can be rewarding in itself, but after a few years I realized I was missing out on something key, as I watched reporters and photographers head out in the field again and again to meet people and, for good or ill, have adventures.

That began to change in late 2012 when the Indy got new owners and I got a new boss, and the two of us started working much closer with our two staff photogs. There were a number of shoots I worked on this year, but one of the best was with Derek Anderson for a cover story on “When Bloggers Burn Out.” It involved torching a couple of laptops, and it was one of the strongest covers we ran in 2013.

Derek left the Indy this summer to pursue documentary making, and continues to do amazing work behind the lens. Recently I stumbled across his blog, where he had posted shots of me toasting a set of Apple MacBooks and wrote about the whole adventure of burning computers and designing covers. Good times.

Photo ©  D.L. Anderson

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