Society of News Design



Robert Lockwood and ‘The disturbing charm of the new’

An SND founder’s new book on an infamous incident in Paris The Paris of the 1920s was a city of the rich where one could also afford to be poor. The old order of kings and empires had disintegrated in the destruction and disillusionment of the Great War. Paris, a magnet for the artists, the […]

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Dispatch from China: WWII Victory Day

Tian Chi is design editor at China Daily in Beijing, and the director of SND Chinese (Region 21). He sends us the following: A huge parade marking the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II was held in Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square on September 3, 2015. In China, the day was called, “Victory Day of […]

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The candidates’ vision for SND

Election season is upon us. We’ve asked the candidates for the 2016 SND office of secretary-treasurer to share their personal SND stories. The candidates are: • Tyson Evans, editor for newsroom strategy, The New York Times • Jennifer George-Palilonis, professor, Ball State University Bios for all the candidates, and more election info, can be found […]

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The Guts: A closer look at MSNBC’s Geography of Poverty

MSNBC’s Geography of Poverty project is a highly visual look at poverty across the country. Graphics editor Mina Liu and data visualization editor Sam Petulla give us a behind the scenes look at how it came together. How long did you work on this project? How did you collaborate with the reporter and photographer? We first started […]

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Meet the 2016 officer candidates

We’re pleased to introduce you to this year’s candidates for the 2016 SND offices of secretary-treasurer, vice president and president. Voting is open to all SND members and will begin on Sept. 7. Your candidates are: For the position of SND president: • Sara Quinn, journalism consultant and researcher, Kansas State University For the position […]

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Javier Errea on the redesign of Liberation

Libération, one of France’s most iconic newspapers, launched its redesigned print edition on June 1st. They called on SND-award winner Javier Errea who achieved a spectacular redesign, paying tribute to Libération’s original rebellious spirit. Errea shares a look at his process.     What was the brief of this redesign? It is not a secret that […]

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Jennifer George-Palilonis on multimedia education and a new challenge at Ball State

Ball State grads are everywhere in our profession, and wherever they are, there is a connection to Jennifer George-Palilonis. Palilonis, a full professor at Ball State, recently stepped down as journalism graphics sequence coordinator to become co-director of the school’s new Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, which will offer a master’s program in […]

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Chelsea and the City: Lessons learned after 2 years in NYC

Chelsea Kardokus, designer at TIME, moved to New York City in 2013 and we followed her transition from Ball State University to life as a young professional in Manhattan through her blog series for SND, Chelsea & The City. Two years later, Chelsea shares what she has learned and gives us a look at her recent projects. You started […]

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[Cover Story] New York Magazine photography director on “An Unwelcome Sisterhood”

New York Magazine released its current cover story Sunday, a photo essay accompanying the accounts of 35 Bill Cosby accusers who’ve come forward. The cover features all 35 women seated next to an empty chair and it generated a lot of social and national media attention since its release. The empty chair in particular is generating an online conversation on sexual assault […]

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On eve of Instant Articles, a Q&A with Facebook’s Robyn Morris

Facebook Instant Articles is expected to go live in the next few days, a development that has the industry watching with a mix of trepidation and excitement. It might be a watershed moment for news media, or it might be an acknowledgment that the moment already has passed. As far as SND goes, it’s already […]

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The Guts: Herstory showcases audio of female journalists

Herstory is a multimedia project from the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. It documents the careers, experiences and personal lives of 34 women journalists who have participated in the Journalism and Women Symposium, an organization for female journalists. It features original music from Missouri students, as well. Missouri design professor Ying Wu […]

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+1T: Don’t toss those action figures on eBay

Fernando Baptista is a child of the 70s, which among other things meant sci-fi, summer blockbusters and action figures. He grew up on Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, King Kong. His mother would get him comic books and he’d spend hours sketching into the book’s margins. He’d get a Star Wars figure customize its […]

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+1T: The student work

On day five of Design Days in Istanbul, 400-plus students are put to work, given the task of conceptualizing and executing a features supplement cover in a couple of hours from nothing but magazine scraps, a few office supplies, and their imaginations. The final results provide a spectrum of approaches as varied as the attendees, […]

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Reimagining Excélsior

Excélsior burst onto the design scene with a stunning 2006 redesign that made a big impression with its inventive use of color, templating and individualized section styling. Its pages immediately took off at the SND Best of News Design competition, culminating in a World’s Best-Designed distinction in 2011. But times change, and recently Excélsior’s director […]

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Unveiling the 36th edition covers

Congratulations and a big thank you to Ismael and Karen Sandiego, and Adonis Durado and Winie Ariany, whose submissions have been chosen as the cover designs for the 36th Edition Best of News Design book, to be published and sent to members this fall. Ismael and Karen designed the newspaper-quilt cover at left, which will […]

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Mark Edelson, picture editor of the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, examines negatives shot by Syracuse University photojournalism students during a weekend photo workshop in Baldwinsville, N.Y. in October 2000. (photo by Christian Fuchs)

An appreciation: Mark Edelson, legendary Palm Beach Post photo editor

Chris Rukan recalls the time he spent working with Edelson.

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