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2020 Designer of the Year

by Anne Belott

| May 5, 2021

Sara Travlos of The Catholic Review is MDDC’s Designer of the Year for 2020. 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 Trustees of the MDDC Press Foundation. This year, there were three very strong nominations, showing a diversity of approaches and styles. 

Travlos’ portfolio of work stood out for her ability to navigate both print and digital platforms, while transforming the work to fit a variety of styles.  The judges felt she brought the “whole package,” by relaunching the Catholic Review a website and bringing exciting and different looks to each magazine piece.  Travlos’ editor, Chris Gunty, wrote in his recommendation letter that “Sara takes the initiative to research and learn new ways to push the Catholic Review beyond today’s standards when it comes to magazine layouts and design.”  During the difficult pandemic year, Sara worked remotely with the editorial and photography staff to create magazine layouts that connected to the Catholic Review brand.  She also helped to launch a new website in July, creating “eye catching webpages to draw online readers in.”

About our nominees

Matt Metz, Coastal Point

Metz brings an exuberance to his work that fits the style of Coastal Point and a keen eye for reinvention.  His portfolio shows command of both print and digital formats.  During the pandemic, Metz was one of the five staffers that continued to work onsite during the entire crisis, creating consistency in the publication and the staff.  His publisher, Sue Lyons, writes in her recommendation letter that “His creativity and font knowledge keeps the Coastal Point ads progressive and responsive.”  Metz took on all the ad design for the paper after the second designer at the paper retired last year.  He works with the advertising staff and directly with clients to get the right look.  Sue notes he “has gone out on sales calls, worked on photo shoots and designed displays for events and shows.”

Teresa Rodriguez, Cape Gazette

Rodriguez shows a strong news sense and page design skills, while pushing herself beyond the boundaries of the print publication.  In his recommendation letter, co-publisher Chris Rausch writes “In the past year, she has redesigned our Cape Gazette Daily Email Newsletter, built and maintained multiple websites all while continuing to contribute top-quality print design assets. Her ideas constantly improve the aesthetics of everything we do here at the Cape Gazette for ourselves and for our clients. One of her amazing ideas was to create a web page existing entirely to house the positive stories there were to tell during this unprecedented year.”

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