More Best of News Design™ questions answered as judging days get closer

On the eve of SND’s 31st Annual Best of News Design™ judging, we check in with edition coordinator Mike Rice on the status of the competition and his hopes for the long weekend ahead. The general competition judging starts Saturday at Syracuse University.

World’s Best-Designed Newspaper™ judging occurs the following weekend, with a different set of judges.

Fernando Rubio

Un tributo a Fernando Rubio

Madrid, 30 de enero de 2010

Ayer fue un día duro para todos. Un cierre complicado. Ayer, en el cementerio de la Almudena de Madrid, decíamos hasta luego a nuestro querido Fernando Rubio. Un gran profesional y una bellísima persona.

A tribute to Fernando Rubio

Madrid, January 30, 2010

Yesterday was a difficult day for all of us. A difficult deadline. Yesterday, in Madrid’s La Almudena cemetery, we said goodbye to our dear friend Fernando Rubio, a great professional and a wonderful man.

Things I want to read

Newspapers for everyone

As more and more people get their news online, it’s easy to think that the newspaper is about to disappear.

But competition doesn’t automatically create obsolescence. It creates opportunity, and forces enhancement and focus. When you don’t have to do everything, you can concentrate on what you do really well. It is only when a medium’s inherent qualities are superceded in pretty much every way by its successors, that it is in danger. And that has not happened for newspapers.

Don’t worry: Newsprint will survive.

Horizontal or vertical navigation? It’s a trick question

Since Jan. 11, an interesting debate has been playing out between fans of horizontal navigation on Web sites and those who prefer navigation to be vertically organized. Lots of good arguments have been raised for both views and I won’t make any attempt to boil down the discussion into one or two little bouillon cubes here. If you are interested, take a look at Smashing Magazine from where the attack against vertical navigation was originally launched and at the case of the defense here.

Two words about the new Apple tablet: Think different

Steve Jobs will unveil something big on Wednesday morning. Early word — and there’s been much of it — is that Apple will reinvent the idea of portable computing with a new tablet that just might revolutionize publishing.

But if you’re worried about the tech specs and the price and the size of the thing and who will win the coveted phone contract (if there is one) and how the wireless will work and the millions of other rumors out there, you’re missing the point.

Apple thinks bigger.
It traffics in ideas.