- Author: Jim Downing
Senior artist Will Suckow retired from the UC ANR Publishing group on June 30, 2021, after 20 years of UC service. He leaves a legacy of innovation, beautiful design and high standards of quality and efficiency.
Suckow began his UC career in 1993 with UC Davis Extension, doing design and layout work for course catalogs and marketing materials. Over his five years on the job, he shifted the operation from mechanical to electronic prepress — the first of several transformative initiatives he led during his career.
Moving to UC ANR in 1998, Suckow was recruited by photographer Jack Kelly Clark to help modernize key elements of the UC ANR Publications production process. He and Clark implemented new electronic color-correction techniques, working with print vendors to enable UC ANR Publications to produce books and cardsets that reproduced photos of insects and plant diseases more accurately and at lower cost.
Suckow left to do freelance design work from 2004 to 2010, continuing to do contract projects for UC ANR as well as the UC Davis Mondavi Center.
In 2010, Suckow returned to UC ANR as the art director for California Agriculture journal. His responsibilities grew to include UC ANR books and online publications, as well as recharge design work. Among many accomplishments in the past 11 years, he has led the development of the journal's award-winning new design, the integration of UC ANR's publications into the scholarly citation universe, and the development of processes for converting our print and PDF publications to web and mobile-friendly formats.
Suckow brought a smile to work nearly every day and consistently reported being driven by a love of doing design work and solving problems for UC ANR personnel and our clientele. He leaves the Publishing group with many efficient and astonishingly well-documented technical processes, for which his colleagues are very grateful.
In retirement, Suckow is looking forward to travel, gardening and hiking, and pursuing his own design and artistic projects.