CLAUDIA AVATAR MUG bw noiseI make the most of my visual and writing skills to tackle all sorts of print and multimedia projects, but I especially love working with interesting and talented people committed to making a difference by telling stories that matter.

Originally from Chile and fluent in Spanish, I first fell in love with design after graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Determined to add to my writing and editing skills by exploring the world of visual communication, I began my foray into information design at The Orange County (Calif.) Register, where I found my niche and designed for all the paper’s news and features sections. My unique style eventually brought the chance to be lead designer on the award-winning Travel team and redesign a Spanish-language newspaper in Southern California.

In 1995 I melded my passion for visual communication with a keen interest in photography by co-founding Photo Night, an international effort that attracted much attention. I’ve since added Web and multimedia design as well as book and tablet production to my repertoire. Building on a desire to explore, promote and improve the power of visual communication, my husband—award-winning photographer Bruce Strong—and I both now teach at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, training and nurturing the next generation of storytellers.

In the rest of her life, she spends time laughing and gesturing wildly with a couple of Swahili-wielding Congolese refugee women trying to learn English; enjoying the adventure of ushering two teenage sons into manhood; collaborating with a husband who has an impressive number of “back burner” projects; traveling with said sons and husband; and, currently, writing a book.