Society of News Design

2010 Denver

Celebrating the merits of print in INK

INK is not about one weekend in Denver. It is about the work we do every day. Our lives, our people and our livelihood. We talk with the architects behind INK — the 40-page, all color news magazine created at the R&D lab during the Denver SND conference as a celebration of print.
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Handouts from SND Denver

Here are some of the handouts speakers at SND Denver passed along to the SND International Web Desk to share: Paul Wallen’s “Design ER” Julie Elman’s Picture page tips (If you were a speaker and are willing to include your handouts from SND Denver, please email them to

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Oh Lord, anything but those Weather Channel graphics…

John Grimwade talks about “the good, the bad, and the ugly” when it comes to data visualization.

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Become a photo editor…fast.

As designers, we deal with all the visuals. However, the photo jargon is lost on some people. Jeff Neumann’s presentation was filled with not only quick information that you could use tonight, but also information on improving your publication visually as a whole.

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Lifetime achievement award: Lucie Lacava

By Gayle Grin, Toronto National Post [Transcript from presentation made Saturday Sept. 25, 2010 in Denver]: It is our honor this evening to present the Society’s highest honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award, to one of the craft’s true luminaries: Lucie Lacava. Young as she is, Lucie has already accomplished a lifetime of exquisite news design […]

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Lifetime achievement award: Javier Errea

His high impact, intelligent work can be seen in publications across Europe, South America and the Middle East. Smart, innovative solutions, with journalistic flair, his work reflects the core values of everything this organization sets out to promote.

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Bill Ostendorf: Look to your newsroom resources to generate revenue

Consultant and former Providence Journal graphics and photo editor Bill Ostendorf has made a career out of asking newsrooms tough questions about how to generate revenue. “We shouldn’t be anti-revenue,” he says. “I’m not saying, take down the wall between advertising and editorial. I think that’s valuable. But there are resources we have and ideas […]

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Designers: Restrain yourself

Growing up, my mom always told me to KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. And although I should have been slightly offended at my mother calling me stupid, I took her advice to heart. Listening to Julie Elman share her secrets behind a well-designed photo spread, I’m glad I had listened to my mom; turns out, […]

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Human-Centered Design

Like many college students, I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Honestly, I still don’t have an answer for you. I spent five years at the University of Washington studying various topics and taking myriad classes in different subject matter. And I found a major that seemed […]

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Recap: Templates and centralized design operations

Live from Denver.

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10 things to do to make newspapers great all the time

Everyone wants to have a really, really ridiculously good-looking newspaper every day. To get there, magazine design guru Robert Newman recommends to throw away the Wired and ESPN magazines on your desks, replace them with Real Simple, New York Magazine and the New York Post and design your paper like a newsmagazine. Newspapers can start […]

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From Print to Web and Back, with a World’s Best

Designers from a World’s Best newspaper der Freitag discuss how they approached their print and Web redesign. Keeping the focus on reader interaction and a political debate format, they created stunning products that are easy to navigate and visually engaging.

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Great photo editing tips for designers

By Richard Epps, Presentation Editor, The Detroit News Jeff Neumann of The Denver Post gave designers a number of valuable tips for photo editing in his session this morning. “Cropping is the greatest tool a designer can use to influence the page,” Neumann said. Neumann explained the rule of thirds to the group, suggesting designers […]

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Graphics without words (but) with Juan Velasco

Juan Velasco, art director of National Geographic Magazine, stressed the importance of classic illustration and the ability to convey information without text in his SND Denver session. And you get to meet Wilma.

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Heads up, Sarah’s speaking!

Sure, we had to dodge projectiles, but Sarah Slobin’s presentation showed us that looking at a project in different ways can help to produce some fantastic work.

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I interact, therefore I am

Connie, a self proclaimed “SND Groupie” comes to Denver from the cognitive science field. She is concerned with communicating content and instruction which overlaps with what news designers do every day. Key points Interactivity can improve cognitive performance and the connection between the mind and body. Align the design model of your interface with the user’s mental […]

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