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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 [...]

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Shraddha Swaroop is New Region 2 Director

Shraddha Swaroop is stepping in to lead this large region. We are grateful that she not only has agreed, but has considerable enthusiasm about the role.

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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 »

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SND 2010: First quarter update

We’ve had a busy and exciting first quarter. This is an update of where we’re at — and what we expect to tackle next.

Much of this information is in the board meeting minutes posted last week. But, we thought it might also be helpful to provide a bulleted rundown.

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Two European upstarts are making a mark

A duo of young publications, Público and IL, made a big splash at the Malofiej competition this year. Both publications rely heavily on visual storytelling and deploy a broad set of tools to communicate information, including bold information graphics. We caught up with two of their visual leaders. (en Español)

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Malofiej 18: Svenska Dagbladet wins top honors

The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet won the Peter Sullivan Award and Best of Show at Malofiej 18. The jury of the 18th International Infographics Awards, organized by SNDE, gave 9 gold medals, 51 silver medals and 96 bronze medals. National Geographic won the Miguel Urabayen Award to the Best Map.

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Evans and Moyer named SND Publications Directors

The Board has approved a restructuring of our publications leadership roles to create two publications director positions. One for online and one for print. Tyson Evans will be our Online Publications Director and Suzette Moyer will be our Print Publications Director.

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Mauricio Gutierrez named Region 4 director

We’re pleased to announce that the Detroit Free Press’ Mauricio Gutierrez has been appointed the new Region 4 Director.

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10 Questions for Richard Saul Wurman

It was a treat to pose a few questions to information design guru and good friend, Richard Saul Wurman this week.

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Chris Courtney reviews student portfolios at a Quick Course hosted by Michigan State University. (Photo by Steve Dorsey)

Chris Courtney to lead SND’s training efforts

I am excited to announce that Chris Courtney has agreed to be our new Education and Training Director.
Many of you have witnessed Chris’s contagious enthusiasm. Last year, he organized several great training opportunities in Chicago: a very successful meet-up and a well-attended Web design boot camp.

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Welcome to the new site!

We hope to:

  • Inspire with creative work from innovators around the world
  • Inform with tips, tricks, best practices and industry updates
  • Provoke as we challenge conventional thinking by offering fresh points of view

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