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Hi! My name is Lindsey Turner. I am a designer/writer/editor/photographer living in Nashville, Tenn. This site is where I put on my professional pants and talk about work stuff. Please take a look around and feel free to contact me with questions or freelance inquiries.

A bit of backstory

I grew up on a farm in rural West Tennessee. I’ve always been one of those weirdo creative types, over in the corner making crazed gestures and pretending. I think I first caught the publishing bug in middle school, when our Explorers class put out a little zine called NOW (the New, the Old, and What’s Coming). I took that a leap further in college when I took a gig at the student newspaper. I thought I had aspirations of being an English professor, but my first published story (a hard-hitting exposé on the success of a spirit-fueled Homecoming T-shirt swap) set me off in a new direction. Reporting turned into editing and editing turned into designing. News design sort of hit that sweet spot that let me use creativity to communicate important, sometimes complex ideas.

I lucked out and was hired on at The Commercial Appeal, Memphis’ daily paper, right after graduation. I smoothed out a lot of my rough edges at The Commercial Appeal and got to work with some really great colleagues and mentors who helped me refine my skills and build new ones. Currently I’m working at Gannett’s Design Studio in Nashville as a design team leader, managing a team of 10 designers who produce four newspapers in Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia — The Tennessean, The Clarion-Ledger (Miss.), Hattiesburg American (Miss.) and The News Leader (Va.). It’s a whole different world of newspapering these days than in newsrooms of the past, but I’m enjoying the highly creative and collaborative environment.

When I’m not working, I can probably be found hanging out with my extremely silly preschooler, Holden. He has big blue eyes and a big ol’ grin and we are best buds. Currently he is interning for me but he has not yet figured out how I like my coffee.

When I get a moment to myself, you can bet I’m probably working on freelance projects, stocking my Etsy shop, reading, writing, blogging (here and here primarily), shooting and processing photos, scritching my cats’ bellies, making art, watching terrible TV, sipping wine, visiting my family, or exploring.

My obnoxious party tricks include finding four-leaf clovers, identifying typefaces, parallel parking, reciting the U.S. presidents in chronological order, and singing the states in alphabetical order (yes, singing).

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Lindsey Turner

Writer, designer, photographer, wisecracker, mother(!!!), Earth denizen

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