What we do: Our philosophy

WE BELIEVE THE BEST STORIES entice people to fully experience a narrative: to read, watch, listen, touch – even taste.

We lead authors, artists, and organizations through the process of shaping and publishing narratives rich in visuals and texture – creating strategies to find the best medium for a story’s mission and managing all aspects of a project to produce a compelling experience for the audience.

As a company we have worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and internationally renowned musicians. With more than 20 years of experience in crafting visual stories, we lead a collaborative process of narrative project management – and are always seeking out new tools for our storytelling toolbox. In every medium we strive to create stories that encourage readers to explore.

Email us at info@tandemvines.com to tell us about your story and let’s talk about how we can work together.

Editorial consulting and project management

We specialize in creating compelling narratives from the many parts that make up a multi-textured story: compelling photography and illustrations, dynamic videos, informative data – and, of course, well-written text. Across multiple media formats, we manage and organize complex editorial projects from the idea stage through the gathering of the information, the design and production of the product, and the publishing process.

We also have experience in product development for editorial content, providing creative direction to help teams create mobile apps and websites, as well as facilitating the connections and communications needed between vested stakeholders, content creators and technical teams. More about Tandemvines owner Denise Clifton’s experience as Visual Strategy Editor and art director at the Seattle Times on her LinkedIn profile.


We are the project director for the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority’s initiative to produce a visually rich multimedia book that tells the Market’s organizational story – exploring the rich history and citizen engagement behind how the 110-year-old Pike Place Market functions.

Projected publish date: Late spring 2018


With more than 20 years of experience in design and art direction, we offer a thoughtful approach to crafting visually compelling narratives in print and digital spaces. We have extensive experience in digital and print design, creating beautiful books in multiple formats, newspaper sections, magazines, museum exhibits, posters, CD liner notes, invitations, programs, reports and presentations. 


Tables From the Rubble

An Air That Still Kills by Andrew Schneider and David McCumber

Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo by Steven Hancoff



I embrace diverse writing opportunities ranging from books and magazine pieces that explore the stories behind food, to news analysis pieces that dive into some of the hot political topics of the day. – Denise Clifton

Author, Tables From The Rubble My book transports readers to San Francisco in the years just after the Great Quake of 1906. Amid the ruins of a crumbled city, restaurants rose to feed the hungry and lead the recovery. Today a handful of the restaurants that opened in those years remain in San Francisco, serving customers in many of the same spaces they first opened – offering food, drinks and stories with a direct link to a century-old past. Paperback, 2017.
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Contributing editor, Mother Jones: I write a weekly newsletter for Mother Jones’ The Russian Connection project, along with stories that explore research into social-media disinformation campaigns.
> Read recent work 

Australian Financial Review Magazine: In a feature profile, I explored how Modernist Cuisine’s Nathan Myhrvold transformed himself from Microsoft’s chief technology officer to the technical guru of the culinary world.
> Read the feature

Alaska Airlines’ Beyond Magazine: For the in-flight monthly, I’ve told the stories of culinary investment in San Francisco’s Chinatown, how restaurants and bars are keeping the vibrant Barbary Coast spirit alive in San Francisco, and how a fourth-generation family in Kauai is producing single-origin chocolate.
> Read Rediscovering The Barbary Coast   > Chinatown Revival  > A Garden Isle Farm

The Seattle Times: I’ve visited third-generation fish markets and restaurants in Honolulu, and learned the history of Seattle’s Three Girls Bakery, which opened in Pike Place Market in 1912. And the stories behind my book TABLES FROM THE RUBBLE got their start as a piece in the NWTraveler section.
> Read Tasting Hawaii’s History  > Three Girls Bakery  > Dining on History in San Francisco