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):
ASBURY PARK, N.J.
Director: Tim Frank
Creative director: tba
DES MOINES, IOWA
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.