Former Las Vegas Sun designer Spencer Holladay to join Gannett’s Louisville studio

Former Las Vegas Sun designer Spencer Holladay announced last night via Facebook:

Official Announcement: I have accepted a position at the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville (Lou-a-vull). I will be the Indiana Team Leader, as well as working on product development.

Tentatively leaving Vegas on the 19th, starting the new gig on the 28th.

A 2009 graduate of Arizona State University, Spencer interned at the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette before signing on at the Sun in 2010 as a news designer. Earlier this year, he moved from the paper to designing the Sun‘s monthly business magazine, VEGAS INC. The Sun laid him off in September.

A few samples of his work:

Find Spencer’s NewsPageDesigner portfolio here.

Elizabeth Kalkowski of the Northwest Herald moving to Gannett’s Louisville studio

Elizabeth Kalkowski of the Northwest Herald in the Chicago Suburbs is moving to the new Gannett design studio in Louisville, Ky.

She tells us:

It’s a fantastic opportunity to me be able to get creative, work with a ton of talented people and experience the “big newsroom” feel that I love in a new way! I’m happy to not only be able to stay with news design, but work on big papers, even as the industry is changing.

I’m coming from the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, where I’ve been working on the universal desk since September 2010. It’s been fabulous to work on news, sports and features pages and specialty sections, make ASF suggestions and even try my hand in little web design. I know I was able to build skills in copy editing and design.

She begins her new job Oct. 3.

A 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois, Liz served as editor-in-chief for the Daily Illini and interned for the Chicago Sun-Times news group and Chicago magazine. She also served a Pulliam Fellowship at the Indianapolis Star before heading to Crystal Lake, Ill., to work for the Northwest Herald last September.

A few samples of her work:





Find more in her NewsPageDesigner portfolio and on her personal web site. Find her Twitter feed here.

Gannett’s Louisville design hub names Ryan Hildebrandt creative director

Apparently, my post last week about Gannett design studio creative directors was in error. The hub in Louisville, Ky., named a No. 2 manager

Indianapolis Star assistant managing editor Scott Goldman announced to his staff last Wednesday:

I’m happy to announce that design director Ryan Hildebrandt has accepted the role of Creative Director for the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Ryan to move into a critical role for Gannett overall. All of the papers that will move their presentation to the Louisville Design Studio — The Star included — will benefit greatly from his expertise and creativity. We will miss Ryan’s energy, his creativity and his consistent push for excellence in our newsroom, but it’s of some comfort to know that he’ll only be two hours away.

Ryan graduated from [Indiana University] in 2002 and started here as a temporary designer that fall. He’s basically designed every page, across every section, at The Star in the 8 1/2 years since. He’s designed election nights, the Indy 500, Our Children/Our City, and so much more. He helped put the current design of The Star into place with his outstanding work on Page 1 during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He’s won several state-wide design awards and a handful of Society for News Design awards of excellence as well.

And, of course, Ryan led our Page 1 coverage during the Colts’ Super Bowl run in 2006-07. And he designed, literally, the biggest front page in Indy Star history – the four-story-high Page 1 that we had made after the Colts’ victory over the Bears.

Fortunately, Ryan will not have to begin his duties in Louisville full-time until late March or early April. There will be plenty of time to wish him well, and thank him for everything he’s done for The Star. All the appropriate festivities will certainly be on the way as well.

In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Ryan and wishing him nothing but the best in this new endeavor!

A few more samples of Ryan’s work:

Find more in Ryan’s NewsPageDesigner portfolio.

For those of you keeping track of the leadership of Gannett’s five new design studio hubs, here’s what we know so far (links go to our first reports):


Director: Tim Frank

Creative director: tba


Director: Ted Power

Creative director: Nathan Groepper


Director: Jim Kirchner

Creative director: Ryan Hildebrandt


Director: Jeff Glick

Creative director: Javier Torres


Director: Tracy Collins

Creative director: tba

Read more about the new Gannett design hub system here.

Gannett hires fourth of five design hub managers

The Gannett Design Studio director for Louisville has been hired: Jim Kirchner, longtime copy desk manager for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Courier-Journal executive editor Bennie Ivory announced back on Dec. 17:

This is a promotion that Jim richly deserves as he was the chief architect of the current design hub, which includes Louisville, Asheville and Greenville.

Jim will assume his new role in March, when we begin gearing up for an expansion that will ultimately include 21 newspapers. In addition to design work, the Louisville studio will edit wire copy for each of those newspapers.

Jim worked as the Courier-Journal‘s dayside copy desk chief. He oversaw the paper’s 2003 redesign and conversion to CCI — that same conversion will be a big part of the new Gannett design hub system. Like Ivory writes, Jim was instrumental in developing a smaller design hub among the papers in Greenville, S.C., Asheville, N.C. and Louisville. Gannett recognized Jim for his work on each of those projects.

You’re aware that Gannett is centralizing much of the design of its print products into five design hubs around the country. Each hub — called a Design Studio — will be headed up by a lead director and a creative director, who’ll serve as the No. 2 manager.

Jim is the fourth design manager to be announced over the past week or so:

Nashville: Jeff Glick

Asbury Park: Tim Frank

Phoenix: Tracy Collins

Louisville: Jim Kirchner

Des Moines: TBA

And, to my knowledge, no creative directors have yet been announced. I’m sure those will follow shortly.

Read more about the new Gannett design hub system here.