3 Questions: David Kordalski

kordSND President David Kordalski is Visual Editor at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, and is on the team judging the News category for SND35. To get to know him better, we posed three questions:

What are your impressions of this year’s contest?
I think there’s a tremendous amount of really good work, but the stuff our team is awarding kicks things up to a much higher notch. And I have’t seen really anything that didn’t deserve to be on the table and entered. Also, I notice some of the more interesting and innovative work is coming from the mid-size and small papers.

Have you spotted any new trends?
Quite a few graphic novel treatments, quite a bit of handwritten type and an awful lot of circle graphics. Some are used appropriately and some frankly aren’t.

What are your passions outside of work?
I build Mission furniture and plan to take a tour of the Stickley factory while I’m in Syracuse. 
I also grow bonsai trees. I told someone it was to make lumber for doll furniture but they didn’t believe me.