With more than 20 years of informational news graphics experience, James Hilston has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists Best Graphic Designer in Ohio, the first place Associated Press of Ohio award for informational graphics, and Best of Newspaper Design for information graphics/breaking news (Society for News Design).
Hilston has spent the past 17+ years as an editorial staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His professional experiences range from advertising art to infographic journalism. Hilston has also taught upper division courses in informational graphics and web publishing & design as adjunct faculty at Youngstown State University.
Hilston graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in studio art/graphic design from Youngstown State University in 1992. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree, with honors, in Mathematics from YSU, in addition to having studied mechanical engineering for 3 years at the General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich.