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Start today — learn to code

You’ve read the posts, you’ve silenced the haters, and you’re ready to jump into code. There are thousands of online and in-person resources to help you get started. A lot of people don’t know where to begin — and there’s no right or wrong starting point — but here’s an overview of what worked for [...]

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Be more productive, use the tools coders use

At the beginning of 2012, I made a New Year’s resolution to learn to code. It was all the rage. I didn’t really know what learning to code meant, but learning it seemed like the right thing to do. Ten months later, I finally took the plunge.

This is the second in a series of posts about my journey as a designer learning to code.

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Stop talking, start making — my journey to code

At the beginning of 2012, I made a New Year’s resolution to learn to code. It was all the rage. I didn’t really know what learning to code meant, but learning it seemed like the right thing to do. Ten months later, I finally took the plunge. This is the first in a series of posts about my journey as a designer learning to code.

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Election 2012: Storytelling + Humor = A microsite with attitude

The team at Cultivated Wit has a message for the American people: If you’re not voting in this election, your excuse sucks. Larry Buchanan talks about his involvement with the project he hopes will shame people into voting.

This is sixth in a week-long series of election coverage on SND.org.

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Bethany Heck on baseball, letterpress and the next stage of web storytelling

Bethany Heck is the designer behind Eephus League and end-grain. Her work on Eephus league magazine does some incredible storytelling. “I wanted the magazine to be immersive and experiential without being overwrought. Printed pieces have a pacing and rhythm to them that it usually lost on the web, and I feel like that missing element makes longer form reading difficult on the web. I also spent a lot of time on nitty gritty type details, like hanging punctuation and watching for rivers and widows. I know that most of that work is wasted time because of browser preferences, but it was important to me,” she said.

Heck spoke with us as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

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Doug Wilson on the linotype machine, storytelling, and 1886

Doug Wilson is a designer. He’s also a filmmaker. And a letterpress lover.

Wilson is the producer/director of a documentary “Linotype: The Film,” that explores the “eighth wonder of the world” and how it revolutionized the printing industry. Wilson says the linotype was like the “Twitter of 1886” — understanding its impact crucial to our understanding today’s news cycle.

Wilson spoke with us as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

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One theme per week. One story per day. All about New York.

One theme per week. One story per day, told in the medium best-suited for that story. Oh, and only about New York City.

No breaking news. No big headlines. No jam-packed news website front pages.

Sound like a dream job?

That’s the basic vision of Narratively, a new digital platform led by Noah Rosenberg, a 29 year-old journalist from Brooklyn. As a mix of text, images, graphics and interactives, the site is slated to launch later this month. Rosenberg and others on the team launched a Kickstarter campaign near the beginning of August to raise some startup cash and they’re about 80 percent of the way to the $50,000 funding goal with less than a week to go.

Rosenberg spoke with us as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

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Artist and writer Austin Kleon on stealing, index cards, upright pianos and the obits

In his books, posts and notes writer and artist Austin Kleon has created an amazing dialogue about art, creativity and making things in our webby world. “I’ve always looked up to artists who don’t hoard their secrets and are open about their processes,” he said. When it comes to news, Kleon said he subscribes to Sturgeon’s Law: “90 percent of everything is crap.”

Kleon took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

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Just before London, a look back at Beijing

China wowed the world with their performance at the 2008 Olympic opening ceremonies. Their newspapers matched that performance in their own way. Magnificent combinations of text, visuals and innovative formats were at work during the Beijing olympics as the papers kept pace with the action in the stadium. As part of the year long conversation, SND talked to 2 of the award-winning Chinese designers about their coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

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Wilson Miner on vintage stereo equipment, context, and nudging the world in the right direction

Now with Facebook, digital designer Wilson Miner of Rdio, Everyblock, Django and a little electronics company called Apple. His “When we Build”
talk is worth skipping six months of online cat videos. Everyblock, he said learned a lot from journalism, “The biggest lesson from journalism for me was the importance of context,” he said. “All this data we were dealing with, none of it means anything in isolation. What I was always trying to do (with varying degrees of success) was to find ways to put each story or each data point in context with everything else connected to it.”

Miner took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

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Storify founder Burt Herman on how design fuels start-ups, disruptive change and what journalists need to know

Burt Herman was a real foreign correspondent. As a reporter and bureau chief for the AP, Herman covered the world beat for 12 years. The front page of his website features a photo of him crouching behind a stone wall next to a man holding a gun the size of a fourth grader. His tagline? “Entrepreneurial journalist stoking media revolution.” A few years ago, Herman took a leave from his AP job, to become a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford. He met Xavier Damman and the two of them co-founded Storify, an online tool used to curate bits and pieces of social media into one story.

Herman took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

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Designer Josh Rhode on storytelling, making news cool and Ernest Hemingway

Designer Josh Rhode’s work combines perfect function with beautiful form, whether it’s Nike, Honda, MTV or others. His branding, apps and sites epitomize how information can be useful and incredibly cool. Josh took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about Design. He talked about what makes his projects work, the values he has when putting together a project across platforms and why the news should be cool.

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• For other QAs and more of the Year-Long Conversation, go here.

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iA’s Oliver Reichstein on secrets, making websites, and “business class” news

As part of our Year-Long Conversation about design, we talk with Information Architects’ Oliver Reichstein
on keeping design simple, iA’s work on Writer and iPad design and a “business class” on the web, where users could pay to get the junk out of the way. “The more design gets out of your way the more space you have to do with an interface what you want to do. Design works, when you don’t notice it.”

Could a “business class” work where you work? Leave your comments below.

– Read more posts from SND’s Year-Long Conversation here.

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Behind Upstatement’s bold, new typography app: Glyphosaurus

Who doesn’t love the voluptuous curves of a ‘w’ or the stout simplicity of a lower-case ‘l.’ So many wonderful ‘g’s in the world. Agree? Well, have we got the site for you. The folks at Boston’s Upstatement have developed Glyphosaurus, a wonderfully entertaining web app that let’s folks share found typography. They sat down with SND over email and told us about the project as part of our Year-Long Conversation about Design

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Joey Marburger on the Washington Post’s new Politics App

Last week, The Washington Post launched an iPad app that aggregates all of the Post’s political content into a one-stop-politics-shop, good for your average reader and for the most voracious political junkie. But this app is much more than an aggregator. There are videos, maps, visual representations of the candidates positions and how they’ve shifted over [...]

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The Onion’s design director on iPads, UX, and those miserable looking people in the Onion’s quote-opinion pieces

How much fun is it to work at the Onion? Turns out, it’s kind of a lot.

Today, as part of SND’s Year-Long Conversation, Veronika Goldberg is the Onion’s Chicago-based design director takes a few minutes to talk with us and tell us. “Everyone is certainly quirky and wonderfully unique. Nothing is off-limits, so unlike most office environments, individuality is encouraged,” Veronika said.

Read our other Year-Long Conversation dispatches here.

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