Chuck Burke's profile
Design and Art Direction at the San Jose Mercury News
Cycle of Dictatorship: The teardown of the Saddam Hussein statue quickly became iconic during that spring of 2003. I brainstormed this concept with brilliant staff artist Doug, and then I tried to keep the design as spare and graceful as possible.
News Design in Wartime: A flareup in the Iraq war made for an intense spring of 2004, and a strong photo-infographic package made for a memorable front page. (And if case there is any doubt that this is a general-interest newspaper, feast your eyes on that Wiggles element at the top of the page. That sure has not aged well.)
Design-enhancing drugs: Guess where I came up with this idea? That's right: in the bathroom. So I brought my orange prescription bottle to the newsroom studio and collaborated with my ridiculously talented colleague Stephanie on the photography/Photoshop work.
Atop the mountain of failure: I've always been fond of this Silicon Valley twist on the idea of kingdoms being built on the ruins of those that preceded them. I brainstormed and art directed this one with graphic artist superstar Javier.
Data Rollercoaster: Charting the actual data inspired this idea, so I ran with it. The height of those pillars is an accurate representation of the numbers. Fun fact: The pencil-sketchy effect was not originally intended for publication—it was meant to become a computer illustration. But I convinced versatile graphic artist Phil to finish it off in the style of an architect's rendering.
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Design and Art Direction at the San Jose Mercury News

News Design and Art Direction for the San Jose Mercury News, 2000-2005

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