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Catie Peterson wins Designer of the Year 2018

Catie Peterson of the Baltimore Business Journal is MDDC’s Designer of the Year. This award is based on a designer’s work through the contest cycle.  Each designer is required to submit 8-10 pieces, showing creativity and the ability to design across platforms and a letter of recommendation from his or her manager. 

The entries were judged by Adam Marton, digital design lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park. This year, there were three strong nominations, showing a diversity of approaches and styles. 

Marton noted that Peterson displays “a really sophisticated design palette and range in her work.” Peterson joined the Baltimore Business Journal where she was excited to work in a smaller environment and, according to Editor-in-Chief Joanna Sullivan “she could stretch her creative muscle and shape the look and feel of the paper.” The concept of conveying information visually is nuanced and sophisticated, and Marton says “[Peterson’s] use of type, image and composition really stands out.”

About our nominees

Jen Ellingsworth, Cape Gazette

The judge was impressed with Ellingsworth’s ability to jazz up even listings, going on to say “She does a great job breaking out of the grid and still keeping things clean and organized.” Laura Ritter, News Editor of the Cape Gazette, says ,“In an era when many newspapers send their pages to a centralized design hub, we rely on Jen’s in-house expertise. Her astute sense of design, her knowledge of design trends and her technical proficiency are critical to the high quality and the success of the Cape Gazette and everything we do.”

Greg Mueller

Greg Mueller is known for designing outstanding covers, and the judge was more than impressed by his wide range of abilities in terms of covers, advertisements, and layout. In his nomination letter, Mueller was praised for his eye for detail. His attention to design “enhances and improves the products on which he works.”

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