TODD TIMMCKE can be reached at
LINDA JENKINS is the NWLawyer
editor and can be reached at
In this issue, we say thank you and goodbye to NWLawyer’s longtime managing editor/graphic designer
Todd Timmcke. After 13 years of service
to the WSBA, he is headed off to his next
adventure in Chicago. He shares his
parting thoughts in this guest column.
Best wishes, Todd. You will be missed by
us all. — L.J., Ed.
by Todd Timmcke
Iwill be leaving my position as the man- aging editor/graphic designer of NW- Lawyer on Sept. 1. It
will be nearly 13 years since I
started at the WSBA and during that time I have designed
nearly 150 issues of the magazine and nearly 10,000 pages.
I’ve been a behind-the-scenes
type of guy, but I wanted to
take this opportunity to say
hello … and goodbye.
I’ve been lucky in my career. I’ve been fortunate to
have a job which is creative,
challenging, involves working with words and ideas, and
where the end product is something you
can touch and hold in your hands. It’s
been a joy to help create a publication
that will be seen by potentially 35,000
(or more) people.
These lyrics from “Putting It Together,” from Stephen Sondheim’s musical
Sunday in the Park with George, sum up
my job as graphic designer/managing
editor fairly well.
Bit by bit,
Putting it together.
Piece by piece
Only way to make a work of art.
Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.
Having just a vision’s no solution,
Everything depends on execution:
Putting it together
That’s what counts.
While likening NWLawyer to a work of
art may be a stretch, I have approached de-
signing the magazine with the idea that it
should be a quality product that members
can be proud of — something that should
stand the test of time (it’s registered with
the Library of Congress, after all!). I have
strived to create a publication that is easy
to read, substantive, creative, and where
design enhances the message. I recall
spotting a woman reading the magazine
on the bus. After introductions, she told
me that she liked the magazine very much
and then confided that she wasn’t embar-
rassed to show the magazine to her friends
and colleagues. I took that as a compli-
ment! I hope our team has produced a
publication that is worthy of its readership
and one that members are proud of.
The job has come with its challenges. The lyrics to the song above
Art isn’t easy
Every minor detail is a major decision
Have to keep things in scale
Have to hold to your vision …
There hasn’t been an issue of the magazine that we have put to bed that didn’t
present its struggles. It hasn’t been easy
trying to produce something fresh, something of quality in a strict deadline-driven
environment. I thought it would become
easy and routine, but it hasn’t. Which has
been a good thing. I am sure that is what
kept me going and held held my interest
through the years.
When reviewing my time working
at the WSBA, other Stephen Sondheim
songs come to mind. There was “Not a
Day Goes By” that I didn’t think about the
magazine, its content, or solving a graphic
dilemma; “I’m Still Here”
for those countless nights
and weekends worked
when trying to meet con-
stant deadlines; (I Think
I’m) “Losing My Mind” for
when I was sure I forgot to
include something critical;
“I’ve Got You to Lean On”
for the help and guidance I
have received (props to the
WSBA Editorial Advisory
Committee), and “Move
On” for the transforma-
tion of the magazine from Bar News into
Even though you may
be surprised at the small
number of people who put
actual hands on in produc-
ing NWLawyer, I want to
give heartfelt thanks to these
people for supporting me
through the years: Stephanie
Perry, Amy Hines, Judy Ber-rett, Joni Jabker, Linda Jenkins, RaeLani Valaile, Jennifer Olegario, and Debra Carnes.
And I know things now,
Many valuable things,
That I hadn’t known before …
I’ve learned a lot. I know that working
in a creative and challenging job you love
is a privilege. That positive social change
doesn’t occur without the law, lawyers,
and visionaries. That recognizing the
power of your profession (whatever that
may be, but especially the legal field) is a
first step to doing some good in the world.
Thanks for the opportunity. Thanks for
everything. Time to “Move On.” NWL