Ritter’s Communications, the premier source for direct marketing and direct mail communications in South Florida, has named Tom La Badia the winner of its annual Pantone Color of the Year Cover Design Contest. Tom, who is the art director for Electrum Branding, a boutique South Florida branding agency, was a finalist in last year’s contest.

About Tom LaBadia

Tom is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, surrounded by several large flat screen monitors, an oversized sketchbook and a never-ending supply of sharpened pencils. On one hand, he is an amazingly creative graphic designer generating one compelling design after another. Yet on the other hand, he’s a mind-numbingly tech-savvy web developer.

Hands down, it’s a winning combination for the clients at Electrum Branding, a boutique branding agency based in Fort Lauderdale. As the agency’s art director, Tom leverages his talents to create captivating graphics and cutting-edge websites that help Electrum Branding’s clients find, get and keep customers.

In addition to being the art director at Electrum, he is also co-founder of the online art community Elusive Muse; a popular website that features interviews with well-known and emerging artists, resources for artists looking to grow their skills and  a variety of opportunities for artists to collaborate.

Tom has been a graphic designer for more than 15 years, a digital artist for eight years and a mixed media visual artist for the last four years. His work was featured in the book “Making Art from Maps: Inspiration, Techniques and an International Gallery of Artists” by Jill K. Berry and in “Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals” by Kristy Conlin.

When he’s not designing for Electrum’s clients or managing the Elusive Muse website and online community, he is most likely drawing or painting.  He relishes learning and experimenting with new artistic media and techniques.  Tom lives in Oakland Park Florida with his partner of 12 years Tim and their two dogs, Sophi and Baxter.