Archive for February, 2010

Business Week: A Carribean Tax Holiday

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This feature illustration is running in the 2/22/2010 issue of Business Week. Were that I were able to verbally distill the issue of the piece any better than the actual article, then I could conceivably consider switching careers to become a finance reporter. Until that day arrives, Jessica Silver-Greenberg can explain it best:

“At a time when the Obama Administration is preparing for a bitter battle with big multinationals over closing arcane tax loopholes, legions of mostly small retailers and service providers are minimizing their U.S. tax bills by sending credit-card receipts to Panama, Nevis, Aruba, the Cayman Islands, and other business-friendly havens. The IRS estimates that $100 billion a year in revenue is escaping U.S. sales and income taxes in this manner.”

The scoop in full can be read here. Art direction by Ron Plyman.

How to Watch the Banks – Op/Ed

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Henry Paulson Jr. feels that financial regulatory reform isn’t happening fast enough. In his op/ed today, he singles out specific items to focus on in order to better assess the market’s stability and how to best gauge any substantial risk coming from any one firm which might threaten that stability.

For the illustration on the actual page, we had to compete with a big ‘ol ad in the bottom right corner, so space was tight. Kim Bost gave me the option of doing something in a smallish-sized square or something very tall and very thin. When we landed on the money monocle as our winner among the rough drafts I submitted, she did a truly knockout job on the page.

The other rough drafts that I toyed with prior to our final are below:

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Story of His Life

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T H E    N E W    Y O R K    T I M E S’    B O O K    R E V I E W

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When I was handed this assignment, Nicholas Blechman’s brief was explicit in handling this as a portrait illustration which showcased the (justifiably) outrageous tabloid heights that John Edwards’ Olympic-level career suicide had reached in full public view in connection with Andrew Young’s newly published book. In this task, I failed entirely in the first round of sketches, so it’s to Mr. Blechman’s credit that he gave me a second chance and a little extra time to take a second crack at it and give me a moment to arrive at the above piece which ended up running.

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The extremely loose, unfinished, axed comps which didn’t make the cut are below. They all touch upon the mechanics of the scandal, but they don’t possess the tabloidesque exclamation that was needed to help contextualize the article. I will absolutely use one or some of these ideas for something else down the line if a subject more fitting for their tones ever come my way.

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ROUND #2 – REJECTS:

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