Definitions from the Oxford Dictionaries:

• The imparting or exchanging of information or news
• The successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings
• Means of connection between people and places, in particular sending or receiving information

• The art or action of conceiving of and producing plan or drawing that shows the look and function of something before it is built or made
• An arrangement of lines or shapes created to form a pattern or decoration
• Purpose, planning, or intention that exists behind an action, fact, or material object
• To do, plan or create with a specific purpose or intention in mind


Communications Design is the art of conceiving and producing the purpose, planning and intention behind the successful conveying or sharing of ideas, feelings, information and news.

In other words,

Communication design consultants (like me) specialize in planning and creating content that makes a connection with others.

Read Wikipedia’s detailed definition


not black or white
not quite

we are blind in black’s darkness and blinded by the brightest white
we laugh with pain and we cry with delight

so what is black?
what is white?

no color
all colors

we need color

the full spectrum
infrared through ultraviolet

what a sight…
the prism from dark to light
from night to day and day to night


our dreams
our realities

enriching glorious individualities



(from the vault circa 2003-04… © Carrie Osgood)

Legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s core principles to lyric writing can be applied to crafting all forms of effective storytelling. I hold his principles dear in all of my work, from the visual, written, statistical and experiential.

From his book Finishing the Hat:

“In no particular order, and to be written in stone:

Content Dictates Form

Less is More

God is in the Details

all in the service of


without which nothing else matters.”

In early 2011, I moved across lower Manhattan from the East Village to the Far West Village, trading in my 11-year rooftop view for strolls and sunsets along the Hudson River. Last year I had a camera with me for two of those walks, one when I was playing with my new iPad, and the other on the eve of Hurricane Irene. I decided that my new camera, and the 11th anniversary, would be a worthwhile excuse to document the year-over-year comparison.

Summer strolls

View from Pier 40 from my iPad, July 10, 2011

Same view from my new Panasonic camera with a Leica lens, August 26, 2012

Hurricane Irene

The evening before Hurricane Irene struck New York as the park was being evacuated, Aug. 27, 2012

A gorgeous Sunday afternoon from Pier 46, Aug. 26, 2012