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Four years in the making

Special news section covers, July 7, 2010 and July 12, 2014

Emmet Smith, 2010 design;
David Kordalski and Josh Crutchmer, 2014 design

It had to be done, really.

The only question was how? Once we found the uncanny mirror image to Joshua Gunter’s LeBron shot of LeBron in a Heat uniform by Charles Trainor Jr., it all came home. 

Just like it was meant to be.

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Special wrap-around section, July 12, 2014
Josh Crutchmer and David Kordalski, art direction and design.
For the return of Northeast Ohio prodigal son, LeBron James, we commissioned this Illustration by freelancer Robert Carter. 
Our take: Four years ago, Emmet Smith set the high bar with the now iconic Gone page. We hope we’ve reached similar heights.
Cleveland deserves it.
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Special wrap-around section, July 12, 2014

Josh Crutchmer and David Kordalski, art direction and design.

For the return of Northeast Ohio prodigal son, LeBron James, we commissioned this Illustration by freelancer Robert Carter

Our take: Four years ago, Emmet Smith set the high bar with the now iconic Gone page. We hope we’ve reached similar heights.

Cleveland deserves it.

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Not-so-sweet 16

World Cup coverage, July 2, 2014

Tony Briggmin Lariccia, Josh Crutchmer and David Kordalski, designers.

A World Cup record of 16 saves was not enough to lift the U.S. past Belgium in the round of 16. Overkill in the picture edit, maybe, but but by all accounts, goalie Tim Howard was the hero — and the story — of the day,  and by far the brightest star for Team USA.

Tony handled the Sports front, David did A1 and the vacationing Josh did long-distance heavy lifting on the graphic and the poster page … in likely the first PD page ever produced from Las Vegas!

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Artfully done

Arts, June 22, 2014

Tony Briggmin Lariccia, designer

We profiled the winners of the 54th Cleveland Arts Prize in advance of the June awards ceremony. According to the Arts Prize web site:

[T]he oldest award of its kind in the United States, the Arts Prize is a testament to the standard of excellence and quality of artists in Northeast Ohio. In addition to artists, the Arts Prize honors individuals who have expanded the community’s participation in the arts and helped make the region more hospitable to creative artistic expression.

Bottom line: In a town notable for its support of artistic expression, these people are worth knowing about.

You can read about the Arts Prize and find links to profiles of the 2014 recipients here.

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Plush treatment
NBA Draft special section, June 25, 2014
Andrea Zagata, designer; Chris Morris, illustrator
Chris and Andrea settled on a claw arcade metaphor to illustrate the Cleveland Cavaliers choices for snagging a real prize in the 2014 NBA draft. Chris did caricatures of the top 3 picks as plush prize dolls — Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke.
The claw settled on Wiggins, much to the delight of most Cavs fans.
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Plush treatment

NBA Draft special section, June 25, 2014

Andrea Zagata, designer; Chris Morris, illustrator

Chris and Andrea settled on a claw arcade metaphor to illustrate the Cleveland Cavaliers choices for snagging a real prize in the 2014 NBA draft. Chris did caricatures of the top 3 picks as plush prize dolls — Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke.

The claw settled on Wiggins, much to the delight of most Cavs fans.

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USA-Germany

Sports, June 26, 2014 (Preview page); June 27, 2014 (Live game coverage)

Andrea Zagata, Josh Crutchmer, designers

Third game, extra USA World Cup Plain Dealer coverage.

Winning isn’t everything, and this game proved it.

The preview page tells the story of the US and Germany’s previous games in the Group of Death; Andrea’s display headline on the Sports front tells the story of how the US won by losing.

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USA-Portugal

Sports, June 23, 2014

Andrea Zagata, Josh Crutchmer, designers

Second game, extra USA World Cup Plain Dealer coverage.

Bold photo play is built in to our plan. Love the reaction of Jermaine Jones after his game-tying goal, captured by Julio Cortez of the Associated Press.

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USA-Ghana

Sports, June 17, 2014

Andrea Zagata, Josh Crutchmer, designers

First of our extra USA World Cup coverage. The visual game summary Josh cooked up is a real treat for soccer geeks.

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For the glove of the game

Special Sports section, June 21, 2014

Tony Briggmin Lariccia, designer; Chris Morris, illustrator; Josh Crutchmer, art direction.

Everyone’s favorite Cleveland Indian, Omar Vizquel, was inducted into the Indians’ Hall of Fame. Tony researched Omar’s stats, scooped up just the right images from an array of outstanding Chuck Crow photographs, and turned Chris’ outstanding cover illustration with the artistry of a barehanded putout worthy of the most electric shortstop your not-so-plain blogger ever saw.

To read a Paul Hoynes interview with the 11-time Gold Glover, go here.

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Proud as a peacock
Special section, June 15, 2014
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, cover designer
Not strutting too much, but this represents Andrea and David’s fifth iteration of the annual Top Workplaces section cover — a streak longer than several companies on the list.
To see the 2013 cover, an homage to Milton Glaser, go here.
To see the double covers from 2012, go here.
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Proud as a peacock

Special section, June 15, 2014

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, cover designer

Not strutting too much, but this represents Andrea and David’s fifth iteration of the annual Top Workplaces section cover — a streak longer than several companies on the list.

To see the 2013 cover, an homage to Milton Glaser, go here.

To see the double covers from 2012, go here.

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