"While having a tight budget can sometimes feel like a curse," New Times' Pam Shavalier tells Robert Newman, "I absolutely feel that I would not be the designer I am today if I didn't have to break out my Photoshop skills to make the dollars stretch." The blog entry highlighting Shavalier's "powerful, graphic covers" is the latest by Newman as he highlights excellent cover design being done by alt-weeklies all over the country.

Continue ReadingMiami New Times Art Director: Tight Budget Makes Me a Better Designer

To create his award-winning editorial layout, "Coffin Classics," Miami New Times art director Michael Shavalier mixed studio shots of older Goths with shots of modern, drinking, club-going Goths. When designing in black and white, arresting images and good typography are key, he says. This is the 28th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners.

Continue ReadingMichael Shavalier: Setting the Visual Stage