SND STL: Tito Bottitta and Mike Swartz on finding the web designer within

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Our next dynamic duo of presenters for SND STL will talk about their experience and transition from the newsroom to launching their own digital design studio. Tito Bottitta and Mike Swartz will present:

Finding the Web Designer Within

Why everything you learned in the newsroom will make you a better web designer

With digital news content being published on phones, tablets, and all sorts of other platforms, there’s an explosion of content on the web — and a serious need for experienced editorial designers to organize it all. The skills honed in newsrooms are more relevant than ever as readers demand better online experiences. Tito Bottitta & Mike Swartz will share stories and practical advice about how they learned this for themselves while launching Upstatement, their web design firm, and designing the new website.

Mike Swartz & Tito Bottitta

About Tito Bottitta and Mike Swartz

Upstatement is a Boston-based firm founded by three graduates of the newspaper world. They make information-rich web sites and applications for media, museums, and non-profits. Follow them at @upstatement

Tito Bottitta is a designer who focuses on interface and usability at Upstatement. As the team’s front-end development expert, he brings projects to life with HTML/CSS/JS. Before Upstatement, Tito worked as design director for Follow him at @t1to98

Mike Swartz is a designer who thinks big and bold — but does all the small stuff, too. Before Upstatement, Mike worked at the Boston Globe as a designer and art director for the Sunday Ideas Section, and has taught standards-based web design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Follow him at @m_swartz

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