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Grammy gold
Arts, January 26, 2014
Chris Morris, illustrator; Sharon Yemich, designer
Catching up on some blog-worthy pages … this is a nifty one from the team of Morris and Yemich for our Grammy preview. Like the boldness of the type as it plays with the boldness of the caricatures.
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Grammy gold

Arts, January 26, 2014

Chris Morris, illustrator; Sharon Yemich, designer

Catching up on some blog-worthy pages … this is a nifty one from the team of Morris and Yemich for our Grammy preview. Like the boldness of the type as it plays with the boldness of the caricatures.

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Hush, Little Baby
Forum, April 6, 2014
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer
Andrea takes on the topic of our carbon footprint. An excerpt:

Roses are deadIcebergs are dewI make too much carbonand so do you.

Follow the link for the full post here.
For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.
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Hush, Little Baby

Forum, April 6, 2014

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer

Andrea takes on the topic of our carbon footprint. An excerpt:

Roses are dead
Icebergs are dew
I make too much carbon
and so do you.

Follow the link for the full post here.

For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.

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Tribe time, face time

Special section, March 30, 2014

Tony Briggmin Lariccia, designer; Chris Morris, illustrator; most photographs by Chuck Crow

Second baseman Jason Kipnis is the face of the Cleveland Indians in 2014. Tony and Chris came up with this striking in-your-face approach to capture the why. The section also looked around the league for other players who are the face of their franchises — and the league.

The last page is composed of other players who have formed the face of the Cleveland Indians over the years.

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Rock on!
Arts, April 6, 2014
Jane Mitchell, designer; Chris Morris, illustrator
Our preview of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 builds on the style that Chris did with his ambitious caricatures of all 542 previous performing inductees in 2012. Jane takes a deft touch with the type as the format changed from tab to broadsheet.
Read pop music writer Chuck Yarborough's profiles of all the inductees here.
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Rock on!

Arts, April 6, 2014

Jane Mitchell, designer; Chris Morris, illustrator

Our preview of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 builds on the style that Chris did with his ambitious caricatures of all 542 previous performing inductees in 2012. Jane takes a deft touch with the type as the format changed from tab to broadsheet.

Read pop music writer Chuck Yarborough's profiles of all the inductees here.

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Crown jewel

Special section, April 6, 2014

Lisa DeJong, photographer; William Neff, graphics artist; David Kordalski, designer

Special section highlighting and reviewing the Cleveland Museum of Art’s recently completed renovation and remodel. Plain Dealer art & architecture critic Steven Litt reports. Find links to the entire report and see additional photographs here.

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A common garden

Posted on cleveland.com, February 23, 2014

Andrea Levy, producer

Andrea is adding a third component — video — to her OpinionArt series. This time she tackles the reasons she’s pro-choice:

(W)hen I lie awake at night, it’s not for the unborn child that I most grieve, but for the child born unwanted.

Tossed into this dumpster of discrimination and inequity.

Born unaware that her first cry may never end.

I fear the prospect of forcing children into a world in which we can’t guarantee food or protection — let alone love.

I fear for the world.

Read the whole column and see the printed art here.

For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.

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Let the games begin

Special section, February 8, 2014

Emmet Smith, designer

Select pages from the XXII Winter Olympic opening ceremonies special section. The double truck with the entire U.S. team roster is a particular favorite.

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Fired up about the Winter Games

Special section, February 7, 2014

Emmet Smith, designer; Andrea Levy, cover illustrator

Our commitment to profound visual coverage of the XXII Winter Olympics is bittersweet, as it marks Emmet’s last project for The Plain Dealer. This selection from the opening salvo of an amazingly ambitious project — 8-page live sections for the run of the Games — is the capstone of an absolutely incredible run.

Gold. Pure gold.

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Mad about this cover illo
Friday Magazine, January 3, 2014
Chris Morris, illustrator; Amanda Petkiewicz, designer
Chris does a delightful turn on the boatload of things to do in Cleveland with this nice homage to Sergio Aragones, Mad Magazine’s master of marginalia.
Want to see the 365 you can do in Cleveland in 2014? Follow this link and start checking off your list.
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Mad about this cover illo

Friday Magazine, January 3, 2014

Chris Morris, illustrator; Amanda Petkiewicz, designer

Chris does a delightful turn on the boatload of things to do in Cleveland with this nice homage to Sergio Aragones, Mad Magazine’s master of marginalia.

Want to see the 365 you can do in Cleveland in 2014? Follow this link and start checking off your list.

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These things seen
Forum, January 26, 2014
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer
After an incredibly emotional week following the candid column about her brother’s death, Andrea needed a bit of relief — and she felt her readers did, too. She found it near a small pond in Middlefield, Ohio:

Last Sunday, I saw boys in Middlefield skating on a pond.
At once, the world resurfaced.
The breath I drew was suddenly deep and familiar.
At last, I could remember that color is simply sleeping,beneath our skating feet, dreaming of spring.
The incredible response from all of you to my loss of mybrother is something that I will never forget.

Follow the links for the first two posts: …these things unseen, her visual essay about her brother’s death, and The Dead of Winter, her column about the hulk of her discarded Christmas tree that connected to it in a personal, poignant way.
For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.
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These things seen

Forum, January 26, 2014

Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator; David Kordalski, designer

After an incredibly emotional week following the candid column about her brother’s death, Andrea needed a bit of relief — and she felt her readers did, too. She found it near a small pond in Middlefield, Ohio:

Last Sunday, I saw boys in Middlefield skating on a pond.

At once, the world resurfaced.

The breath I drew was suddenly deep and familiar.

At last, I could remember that color is simply sleeping,
beneath our skating feet, dreaming of spring.

The incredible response from all of you to my loss of my
brother is something that I will never forget.

Follow the links for the first two posts: …these things unseen, her visual essay about her brother’s death, and The Dead of Winter, her column about the hulk of her discarded Christmas tree that connected to it in a personal, poignant way.

For other visual essays in this continuing OpinionArt series, follow Andrea’s blog here. Andrea has started a FB fan page. You can like it here.

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