Redesign of

I immediately began redesigning when I joined the company in late 2013. I redesigned the site with a few points in mind:

  1. Serve mobile users
  2. Increase search audience
  3. Treat every page as a landing page
  4. Improve the shareability of our content
  5. Become a destination that’s more than just a newspaper website

The redesign has since been recognized with these awards:

  1. Best Website, first place
    Hoosier State Press Association 2014
  2. Best Layout and Design, first place
    Local Media Association 2014
  3. Best Community Website, third place
    Local Media Association 2014
  4. General Excellence: Online News Service, third place
    Inland Press Association 2014

Representing in St. Louis

Some of my favorite memories at Patch occurred while representing the company in the media and during community functions. It started with a half-hour spot on St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air in December 2010. In February 2011, St. Louis Magazine interviewed me for an article on its website. My favorite community event, however, was the Garbage Bag Gala, a Salvation Army fashion show to raise awareness about homelessness. Designers created garments using trash bags and tape, and media figures modeled the creations on a runway. Check out an interview promoting the event and the coverage from KSDK, Riverfront Times and KTVI that followed.

Interaction Design Competition at Reynolds Journalism Institute

As a Mizzou student in 2010, I worked as lead designer on a team that won the Reynolds Journalism Institute Interaction Design Competition, which was sponsored by Hearst Corporation and Adobe. Our team used Flash Catalyst and other Adobe products to create a recommendation engine that was designed for use on news sites. We were awarded a trip to Shanghai, China to visit the 2010 World Expo, and we presented our project at Adobe’s headquarters in San Francisco. For more information, Hearst and the Reynolds Journalism Institute issued a press release about the contest, which was picked up by Bloomberg.

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