Who we are

DENISE CLIFTON is founder of Tandemvines Publishing, a multimedia publishing company that specializes in presenting interactive narrative experiences. She is committed to creating stories that encourage people to explore – through the joys of reading, looking at photographs, watching videos, making a new recipe or visiting a new place.

Denise creates original content for Tandemvines Publishing and leads other writers, artists and organizations through the process of telling their own stories through text, visuals and interactivity. She has designed books in multiple formats – including iBooks, Kindle and print – as well as websites.

For her own original projects, Denise is especially drawn to stories that teach her about the evolution of a place or a person through food, and she is passionate about using these compelling tales to help others connect to unique locales. While researching the restaurants featured in her visually rich book TABLES FROM THE RUBBLE, she learned about San Francisco’s Italian and Chinese immigrants, neighborhood development, and Prohibition history. She also learned some of the unique challenges faced by families who run businesses that span generations – as well as the stories behind different types of focaccia, raw-fish salad, Green Goddess salad dressing and bloater toast.

Oh, and she ate very well – though admittedly she hasn’t tried the bloater toast. Yet.

Denise has been an art director, project manager, designer and editor for more than 20 years at newspapers in the Pacific Northwest. She worked at the Seattle Times for many years, managing dozens of special projects, leading a department of designers and artists, and most recently, she was the newsroom’s Visual Strategy Editor with responsibility for developing a visual journalism strategy to ensure a compelling and cohesive visual presence across all platforms.

Denise has been recognized with multiple awards for her design and art direction, and provided art direction and project management for two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Seattle Times. She was also a Stanford University Knight Fellow in 2004-05.

For more information about Denise’s work experience, see her LinkedIn profile. Email Denise at denise@tandemvines.com

CHRISTOPHER CELLARS is a Founding Partner and Creative Strategist for Tandemvines Publishing. He is a self-confessed tech geek always looking for the next big trend – or toy – to play with.  Chris spent 12 years in the retail book and music industry and literally placed thousands of books in people’s hands. He has spent another 15 years in educational development, making learning possible for everyone from tweens with robots to litigation lawyers with tight schedules. His specialties are operations, content development and bringing people together to achieve a vision. He currently is a Program Development Manager for the University of Washington.

For more information about Christopher’s work experience, see his LinkedIn profile. Email him at christopher@tandemvines.com