About Me and PCD

Design needs to do more than look good—it needs to accomplish goals. To get there, I work collaboratively, logically and positively with all my clients. That’s the explicit nature of my business.

Paul Compton
Photo by Dennis Tuttle / 5Editorial

I was fortunate to work for the Washington Post and the Washington Times, where design was valued and leveraged, and teamwork was requisite. For more than two decades, I worked across print and online with many different departments, editors and news of all varieties. Collaboration wasn’t a catchword, it was a daily necessity. And throughout that time, technology was rapidly changing, requiring new skills and methodologies, from vision and design to illustration, planning, recruiting and direction. It was hard and very exciting work.

That’s why it was such a huge step for me when I launched my design business in 2011. Excitement and trepidation often tripped over each other, but through a wide variety of work and clients, I found that my experience in leadership, communication, management and process parlayed nicely into running my business. I was also able to maximize my concentration and productivity by having a work environment that suits me (and my clients) best.

In addition, while serving as creative director for The Post and assistant art director at The Times, I had the responsibility of selecting and working with outside design agencies and freelancers. This experience taught me about value and service, as well as challenges faced by working with external resources. Those experiences bring me insight and influence my thinking and business practices today.

That includes quality of life. My commute is now only 15 steps from kitchen to Mac. In our spare time, my wife Rebecca and I enjoy golf, yoga, nature, food, travel and spending time with our family and friends.

Resume (pdf)  |  LinkedIn profile

Paul took our antiquated site and completely modernized it, making innovative suggestions along the way. He goes above and beyond in a timely fashion and is super easy to work with.

Shannon Carlyle

SHANNON MCLIN CARLYLE
Founder and Appellate Attorney
The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm

2018-07-09T17:14:18+00:00

SHANNON MCLIN CARLYLE
Founder and Appellate Attorney
The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm

Shannon Carlyle
Paul took our antiquated site and completely modernized it, making innovative suggestions along the way. He goes above and beyond in a timely fashion and is super easy to work with.
Paul is a rare talent in the design business these days: thoughtful, innovative, and diligent. He can do everything from find the perfect photo to illustrate a concept to explain a complicated set of numbers in an infographic -- and do it all on multiple platforms from print to the web.

Jeff Selingo

JEFF SELINGO
Author, columnist,
and higher education strategist

2018-07-05T00:08:14+00:00

JEFF SELINGO
Author, columnist,
and higher education strategist

Jeff Selingo
Paul is a rare talent in the design business these days: thoughtful, innovative, and diligent. He can do everything from find the perfect photo to illustrate a concept to explain a complicated set of numbers in an infographic -- and do it all on multiple platforms from print to the web.
Paul is a pleasure to work with. A talented illustrator and strategic creative partner. He’s skilled at providing original design solutions while working with our evolving brand. A truly valued professional.

Kathi Hersh

KATHI HERSH
Art and Design Lead
Fortune 100 Financial Company

2018-07-10T01:22:18+00:00

KATHI HERSH
Art and Design Lead
Fortune 100 Financial Company

Kathi Hersh
Paul is a pleasure to work with. A talented illustrator and strategic creative partner. He’s skilled at providing original design solutions while working with our evolving brand. A truly valued professional.
Paul is super innovative, very talented, and a pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for world-class Web design delivered on time, and on budget–stop looking. Hire Paul and worry about something else.

Eric Koefoot

ERIC KOEFOOT
President and CEO
Public Relay

2018-06-28T13:07:04+00:00

ERIC KOEFOOT
President and CEO
Public Relay

Eric Koefoot
Paul is super innovative, very talented, and a pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for world-class Web design delivered on time, and on budget–stop looking. Hire Paul and worry about something else.

About this site

I custom designed this responsive site. The user experience is centered on easy, intuitive browsing, where work is well-showcased across all screen sizes and devices. The interface is visually simple and color restrained to let the art shine. Written explanations are short and descriptive to respect time. The site is expertly developed into WordPress by Brian Cordyack.