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.

Help pick the web’s best sites, apps and widgets: Enter SND’s best of Digital News Design

The deadline for SND’s Best of Digital Design competition is coming right up. You have until Feb. 15 to get your entries up against the best sites, apps and digital work from around the world. Our team of judges from around the world will pick the best data-driven projects, photography and video, overall site design and usability and mobile and tablet apps. This year we will also let users give input via our competition site. Stay tuned for more details.

Nominate a site or app as for world’s best designed: http://digital.snd.org/worlds-best-nominations/

If you’d like to see the winners of our 2011 Digital Design Competition: http://digital.snd.org/2012/01/04/2011-winners/

Enter SND’s Best of Digital Design competition: http://digital.snd.org/submit-entry/

Deadline to enter: Feb. 15, 2012 (midnight PST).

SND’s Best of Digital Design competition 2.0

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get your entries ready for SND’s annual competitions for the best work online and in print. The site for SND’s digital competition is now open for business, with revisions aimed at further improving the contest and make it easier for you to showcase your work, while SND’s creative competition deadline is right around the corner.

How to enter the print competition here. Deadline for U.S. entries is Wednesday, Jan. 11 and for international entries is Wednesday, Jan. 18.

How to enter the digital competition here. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Dynamo professor, innovative newsroom and social media leader, Jen Reeves, will turbo-charge your skillset at SND STL

Our next dynamic speaker is a powerhouse of journalism education and runs one of the most innovative newsrooms in the nation regularly recognized by industry publications including the PBS Media Shift blog. She’s going to compress a semester of training with her turbo-charged Mizzou classes into 50 minutes for folks looking to get up to […]

Michigan State University’s Karl Gude returns to SND STL for more free and fabulous visualization tools

You all spoke in the SND conference surveys, and we listened. We’re pleased to welcome Karl Gude back for an update to his popular and practical session: Free (and fabulous) visualization software online If you missed Karl in Denver, we’ve brought him back to expand on his ever-growing list of free online software for generating […]

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.

Kalish visual editing workshop accepting 2010 applications

Scott Sines, managing editor at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal and Kalish Director reminds us that the 2010 Kalish Workshop “is accepting applications for the 21st edition of the best visual editing workshop on the planet.” The announcement continues: “Learn cross-platform/multimedia skills from a faculty of Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winning visual editors including Brian Storm, […]

The Best of Multimedia Design winners

The Best of Multimedia Design winners were awarded at the 2009 Society for News Design annual workshop and exhibition in Buenos Aires on Sept. 24. The competition recognizes skill, innovation and high-quality visual journalism in Web and other new-media design with quarterly and annual awards. Out of 170 quarterly award winners, nytimes.com won the two […]

Wide-ranging category Non-Breaking Features finalized

Thirteen multimedia packages were judged as finalists in the 2009 Best of Multimedia Design competition in the category Non-Breaking Features. The finalists: Common Ground from mediastorm.org Cambio Climático from eitb.com Brewed in Nashville from tennessean.com Sacred Ground: The Building of the Pentagon Memorial from washingtonpost.com Intended Consequences from mediastorm.org Please Touch Museum from philly.com Pogue-O-Matic […]