Designer Abby Westcott — most recently with the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville — is moving to the 19,900-circulation Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C.

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Abby tells us:

I’ll be the senior designer at the Island Packet so I’ll be designing 1A. The editor, Brian Tolley, wants some bold design and thought my portfolio would fit what he’s looking for. I’ll have a lot of creative freedom there and will be able to experiment and try new things.

She’ll start work on July 27, she says.

A 2008 graduate of Ball State University, Abby interned at the Daily Times of Noblesville, Ind., before launching her career at the Times of Wilson, N.C. She moved to the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal in 2009 as copy desk chief and then moved again to the Asbury Park Press in 2010.

That paper’s design desk, of course, was folded into the Gannett design studio in 2011. She spent two years designing features for the studio…

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…before being named the lead designer for the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle.

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She moved to USA Today in March of last year and led what I called a badly-needed “design evolution” there, designing A1 and local covers…

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…but five months after I wrote that blog post, USA Today laid her off. I’m still trying to understand that one.

She caught on in at Gannett’s Louisville hub last November and parted company with the hub earlier this year.

Find Abby’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.