Ryan Sparrow appointed director for Digital Competition

We’re very pleased to announce that we’re appointing a director for SND’s revamped Best of Digital Design Competition (formerly the Best of Multimedia Competition). Ryan Sparrow, an instructor at Ball State, will be leading a great team of organizers and contributors who are helping us evolve the competition to reflect the quickly changing news design […]

An open letter on the value of Design

Updated: Gannett responds to SND’s President. Like many of our colleagues, we read with concern this week’s announcement of Gannett’s plans for regional hubs to build pages for many of their newspapers. This plan is similar to others that have sought to template publications and centralize parts of the creative and production process, or, in some extreme cases, eliminate design and graphics departments.

We all are looking for ways to eliminate inefficiencies to ensure a future for newspapers. However, as leaders of the Society for News Design, we would like to challenge some assumptions at the core of this (and similar) plans, as well as offer some ideas to consider at this critical time — a time when there is a need for relevancy, re-invention and creative solutions. Continue »