About


STUDIO


*While we’re waiting for photos of our new studio, please enjoy photos of our old one.


 

We’re based in beautiful Rockport, Massachusetts

When Bostonians say they’re going to “the Cape,” they’re generally talking about Cape Cod. Fewer people consider regular weekends at the northern Cape, Cape Ann, which is a shame because it’s equally convenient, usually much less crowded, and lovely at any time of year.

Cape Ann is literally awash in history, with a maritime past going back to 1623, when a group of the first European settlers encamped in Gloucester after judging it the best fishing grounds in the New World. As the oldest seaport — and one of the most productive in the nation — Gloucester has inspired writers as diverse as Rudyard Kipling, Longfellow, T. S. Elliot, and Charles Olson; painters such as Fitz Hugh Lane, Winslow Homer, and Marsden Hartley; and, most recently, readers of Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm.New York Times

Video: Tom Curry Films

 

TEAM


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Patrick Mitchell
Principal & Creative Director

Patrick is the founder and project lead at Modus Operandi Design. A native Texan, he studied graphic design at Ole Miss and cut his media teeth at Chris Whittle’s groundbreaking custom content firm Whittle Communications in Knoxville, Tennessee.

After three years in the newspaper business at the Dallas Morning News and Detroit Free Press, he jumped at the opportunity to head to New England to collaborate with design legend Hans Teensma at Billboard’s Musician magazine.

He caught the startup bug in Boston where he spearheaded the creative direction for Fast Company and Inc. magazines for eight years, and was awarded two National Magazine Awards for the effort. (He also got to work with his hero, Pentagram partner Paula Scher). Fast Company was one of the most successful media launches in history.

Since then Patrick has lead creative teams at Nylon, O: The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and John Brown Media. He’s also coached Little League baseball, hung out with Jesse Jackson, and spent a lot of time at Harvard — which must mean he’s getting smarter, right?


DESIGN TEAM

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Melanie deForest

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André Mora

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Susannah Haesche

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Ashley O’Brion

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Alicia Jylkka

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Kimberly Mitchell


EDITORIAL STRATEGY TEAM

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Norman Boucher

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Nicole Dyer

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George Gendron

 

Coming soon.

 

RECOGNITION


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ASME National Magazine Awards

Design, Finalist: Nylon Magazine (2006)
Design, Winner: Fast Company (2000)
General Excellence, Finalist: Fast Company (2000)
General Excellence, Winner: Fast Company (1999)
Design, Finalist: Fast Company (1999)
Design, Finalist: Fast Company (1998)

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Society of Publication Designers

Magazine of the Year, Winner: Fast Company (2000)
Magazine of the Year, Finalist: Fast Company (2001)
Magazine of the Year, Finalist: Fast Company (1999)
Magazine of the Year, Finalist: Fast Company (1998)

Gold Awards:
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (2000)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (2000)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1999)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1998)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1998)

Silver Awards:
Redesign: Inc. Magazine (2001)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (2001)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (2001)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (2001)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (2001)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (2000)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1999)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1998)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1997)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1997)
Single Issue Design: Fast Company (1997)

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Other Recognition

CASE Circle of Excellence Awards
Gold Award, Best Magazine: Harvard Ed. (2018)
Silver Award, Best Magazine: Harvard Ed. (2017)

University & College Designers Association (UCDA)
Best Redesign: Harvard Ed. (2017)

Folio Ozzie & Eddie Awards
Best Cover: Build (2013)
Best Issue: Build (2013)
Best Redesign: Associations Now (2012)
Best Site Design: Associations Now (2012)

Media Industry News
Launch Creative Director of the Year: Success (2006)

Folio
The Folio 40: 
The Publishing Industry’s Most Influential Leaders and Innovators (1999)

American Society of Magazine Editors
40 Greatest Covers of the Last 40 Years:
Fast Company (2005)