About Paul Compton

Paul Compton
Photo by Dennis Tuttle

A journey of creativity, collaboration and lifelong learning

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. 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 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.

When I’m not working, my wife Rebecca and I enjoy golf, yoga, nature, food, travel, collecting art and spending time with family and friends.

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Paul has a broad range of expertise - experience in both print and online, as a designer and a manager, and in visual and UI design - that’s hard to match in the media world.

Jim Brady

JIM BRADY
VP, Journalism
Knight Foundation

2018-05-30T19:40:36+00:00

JIM BRADY
VP, Journalism
Knight Foundation

Jim Brady
Paul has a broad range of expertise - experience in both print and online, as a designer and a manager, and in visual and UI design - that’s hard to match in the media world.
Our company has worked with Paul for years and we've formed a very fruitful and collaborative partnership. He has an amazing ability to hear our ideas and then bring them to life.

Izzy Martens

IZZY MARTENS
Director, Publications, Marketing & Communications
The Nebo Company

2024-03-19T16:51:42+00:00

IZZY MARTENS
Director, Publications, Marketing & Communications
The Nebo Company

Izzy Martens
Our company has worked with Paul for years and we've formed a very fruitful and collaborative partnership. He has an amazing ability to hear our ideas and then bring them to life.
Paul is one of the most dependable creatives I know. He always delivers on time and does what he says he will do. And he always delivers something great.

Creative Director Chuck Rose

CHUCK ROSE
Creative Director
Publicis Sapient

2024-03-15T18:23:54+00:00

CHUCK ROSE
Creative Director
Publicis Sapient

Creative Director Chuck Rose
Paul is one of the most dependable creatives I know. He always delivers on time and does what he says he will do. And he always delivers something great.
Paul analyzes design challenges from many different perspectives, asking just the right questions that illuminate goals we are trying to achieve.

Bonnie Wallin

BONNIE WALLIN
Chair
Legacy Park Friends

2024-03-19T16:38:17+00:00

BONNIE WALLIN
Chair
Legacy Park Friends

Bonnie Wallin
Paul analyzes design challenges from many different perspectives, asking just the right questions that illuminate goals we are trying to achieve.
Paul is naturally gifted and a true craftsman, but the greatest testament is he's courteous, professional and the easiest person on the planet to work with.

Dennis Tuttle

DENNIS TUTTLE
Principal and Director
5editorial

2018-07-05T00:29:10+00:00

DENNIS TUTTLE
Principal and Director
5editorial

Dennis Tuttle
Paul is naturally gifted and a true craftsman, but the greatest testament is he's courteous, professional and the easiest person on the planet to work with.
Paul nails it every time. He considers multiple factors, asks great questions, and the result is high quality, unique and engaging visual impact.

Margie Whiteleather

MARGIE WHITELEATHER
Chief of Staff for Jeff Selingo

2024-05-19T15:47:39+00:00

MARGIE WHITELEATHER
Chief of Staff for Jeff Selingo

Margie Whiteleather
Paul nails it every time. He considers multiple factors, asks great questions, and the result is high quality, unique and engaging visual impact.