Charles Apple inspires at SND St. Louis with “asdf sdkjafs headline goes here lsjjkadf sdf”

We’re excited to announce Charles Apple, *the* nexus of the universe for what’s going on in print design, journalism and the dearth of copy editors in modern media, will be joining us at SND STL. Btw, yes, the headline is a joke. Uh, so is any other grammar and spelling errors I make. ;D

In all seriousness, he’ll be presenting an inspiring session entitled:

Reinvent yourself; reinvent your world

Remember all that stuff you’ve learned over the past five or ten years about adapting to change?

Well forget it. Every word of it.

If you’re willing and capable of adapting to change, then you’re not doing it right. Because technology, social media and simple human nature is changing journalism — and the whole world, for that matter — much faster than any newspaper; than any modern journalist can follow.

It’s not enough to change or to be willing to adapt. You have to be able to reinvent yourself. To remake your entire skill set, your goals, your outlook on your career and on life itself.

If you don’t, you may find your world reinvented around you. And if you don’t like that world, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

You’ve seen visual journalist, consultant and blogger Charles Apple speak about innovative design and graphics. His message to you this time: Your future is bigger than presentation. It’s bigger than typography and flash and data visualization. It’s bigger than newspapers and it’s even bigger than journalism.

The future is bigger than all that. YOU’RE bigger than all that.

You’re only limited by the size of your imagination. And by how willing you are to reinvent yourself.


Charles Apple speaking at SND STL

Charles Apple

Visual journalism consultant and instructor Charles Apple has been a leader in infographics and news design for 25 years.

Apple has worked as graphics director of The Virginian-Pilot, graphics editor of The Des Moines Register, art director of Sporting News Today, and an artist for the Chicago Tribune, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, and for small papers in South Carolina and Georgia. He has won numerous awards from the Society for News Design for graphics and graphics reporting.

He has taught design and graphics seminars around the country, including sessions for the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the American Press Institute and SND. He has spoken at two annual SND workshops: Minneapolis in 2000 and Orlando in 2006 and was an instructor at an IFRA design and graphics workshop in Manila in 2007. He spent eight months between August 2009 and April 2011 consulting for a group of newspapers in South Africa.

Apple has been a columnist and frequent contributor to SND’s Design magazine. He blogged for API during the Iraqi war in 2003. After six years of working at, Apple moved his visual journalism blog to ACES in 2010.

Apple, 49, lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and 18-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he reads 20th century U.S. History, collects Star Trek action figures and writes about himself in the third person.


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