Meet your 2012 SND officer candidates

Your candidates for SND officer positions in 2012 are (from left to right; click name to read each bio and statement):

For the position of SND president:
Jonathon Berlin, Chicago Tribune

For the position of SND vice president:
Rob Schneider, Dallas Morning News

For the position of SND secretary/treasurer:
David Kordalski, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Mike Rice, Arizona Daily Star
Gabi Schmidt, Schmidt Media Group

There will be a write-in option for each office. Bios and mission statements from the candidates are below.

Here’s how the election will play out: voting will begin Thursday, Sept. 1, and will be conducted electronically (SND members will get an email). Voting is open to all members. Voting will end at midnight on Thursday, Sept. 29; results will be announced at the Business Luncheon of the SND Annual Workshop and Exhibition in St. Louis, on Friday, Sept. 30.

Lapsed or non-members can renew or join before the ballot is issued in order to vote. Renew your membership here.

Questions? Contact Executive Director Stephen Komives at [email protected] The SND bylaws governing the election process is here.


David Kordalski

Professional history: In 1999, David Kordalski returned to his hometown of Cleveland as AME/Visuals at The Plain Dealer. His primary goal: Stitch the photography, graphics, news and features design departments into a seamless visual team. He guided The PD through a redesign in 2001, and gave it a major tweak in 2009.

In 27 years as a visual journalist, David has worked at large- (Detroit News), midsize- (Dayton Daily News, South Bend Tribune) and small-circulation dailies (Wooster Daily Record), as well as a weekly or two.
Prior to embarking on his newspaper career, he ran a youth center and was a third-shift supervisor in a microfiche manufacturing plant — two jobs that he credits for his passion for reader advocacy and relevance.

David’s work has been recognized by the Society for News Design and other professional organizations in nearly every design, photography and graphics category. He’s a regular speaker for professional and student groups.

SND involvement: David has been SND’s Region 4 director and served as the organization’s first Education Committee chair. As a member of the competition committee, he’s often been a facilitator at the annual competition. He was selected as a judge for the 26th edition. He’s an occasional contributor to Design magazine, has spoken at the SND annual workshops in Houston and Orlando and a number of Quick Courses in the U.S. and Canada, and he’s served as host for several Quick Courses. In 2005, David received an SND President’s Award for volunteerism. The Plain Dealer will host SND’s annual conference in 2012.

Personal: David lives in suburban Cleveland with his wife, Susan, a dog, Beck, two cats, Q and Splinter, and several nameless fish. The Kordalskis have two adult sons, Andy and Kevin. In his spare time David plays indoor softball, builds Arts & Crafts furniture and cultivates Bonsai trees.

Priorities for SND

Ever since an anonymous someone nominated me as a candidate for SND secretary/treasurer, the first step on the organization’s leadership ladder, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about SND.

My priorities for the Society:

• Keep moving toward fiscal health. The path has been set; it’s imperative that SND continue the positive steps it has already taken.
• Re-engage old members and fire up new ones, certainly in new or emerging parts of the world, but also in areas where numbers have plummeted. Remind them of the value of networking, of the bond that shared problem-solving and common experience brings.
• Ensure that the value of membership is obvious by following through on what is promised.
• Develop greater partnerships with other professional organizations, not just for financial efficiency, but as a way of breathing new life into SND.
• Redouble efforts toward a more diverse membership.
• Build SND’s rather prodigious volume of material into an academic resource.
• Continue improving the website.
• Bring journalism fully back into the discussion, and continue to offer ways for people to cope in an ever-changing environment.
• Open a dialogue with membership to find out what ideas they have to improve the organization.
• Present old standards like the contest book using 21st century tools.
• Explore a new model for the workshop.

You can read details about Kordalski’s ideas for SND at

Why SND is important, and why all members should vote for SND leadership.
It’s a privilege to run against two quality candidates, Gabi Schmidt and Mike Rice. In truth, any of us would serve SND and the membership well. We all understand that giving our time to SND is not only an investment in our own careers, but it’s also an investment in the careers of those who follow, and a repayment for the kindnesses of those who preceded us. That’s why I’m not asking you to vote for me. But I am asking you to vote. A professional society is only as strong as its membership. A high voting percentage is one of the lynchpins of a healthy organization, because it signifies those members are active, engaged and informed. Simply put, you have a stake in the direction of SND when you select leadership. Remember, only active members can vote, so if you’ve let yours lapse, go here to renew.

Do I still believe in the organization?
The answer to that question is an easy “yes”. In truth, more than ever.
Why? That question is more slippery. It’s pretty clear that some people think professional societies such as SND are a bit anachronistic. Others hold that SND is teetering on — or perhaps over — the edge of its usefulness as an advocate to an industry that peers over that edge daily. Still others don’t think they get enough value out of being a member. So why do I still hold it in such high regard that I’m willing to give up a significant amount of personal time for its advancement? Here’s why. I owe SND. Big time. Always have. It’s given me way too much over the 20-plus years that I’ve been a member to leave it now. In my early years as a visual journalist, I’d go to the annual workshop dragging a big, heavy black leatherette portfolio full of tearsheets. Screwing up my courage, I’d ask people with ten times the talent to take a quick look, maybe offer suggestions about how I could improve. “Not looking for a job,” I’d say. “Just looking to get better.” Any one of them could have told me to take a walk. In fact, that’s what I fully expected them to do. But they didn’t. Instead, they spent quite a bit of their time teaching, challenging, and encouraging eager yet unskilled designers like me to think broader than a single page or assignment. To look forward, not back. To anticipate. To advocate. To think big. Many of those mentors have later become friends. Some have become colleagues. All have earned my gratitude and respect. They invested in SND by investing in people like me. It’s important that I pay that back. Helping this organization as it rights itself from past problems is one way to do so.

En Español


David Kordalski

Historia profesional:
En 1999, David Kordalski regresó a su ciudad natal, Cleveand, como AME/Visuals en el Plain Dealer. Su objetivo primario fue unir los departamentos de fotografía; infografía; noticias y diseño en un sólido equipo visual.
Guió al Plain Dealer durante el rediseño en 2001 y en 2009 llevó a cabo otra importante revisión.
En veintisiete años como periodista visual, David ha trabajado en redacciones de periódicos grandes (Detroit News), medianos (Dayton Daily News, South Bend Tribune) y pequeños (Wooster Daily Record) como así tambien en un par de semanarios.
Antes de emprender su carrera periodística, dirigía un centro juvenil y fue supervisor de tercer turno en una planta de fabricación de microfichas – dos trabajos a los que da el crédito por su apasionada defensa del lector y la relevancia.

El trabajo de David ha sido reconocido por la Society for News Design y otras organizaciones profesionales en casi todas las categorías de diseño, fotografía e infográficos. Habitualmente ofrece conferencias a estudiantes y profesionales.

Participación en SND:
David ha sido director de la región de región 4 y se desempeñó como presidente del Primer Comité de Educación. Como miembro del Comité de Competición, a menudo ha sido coordinador de la Competencia Anual y fue seleccionado como juez para la 26ª edición.
Es colaborador ocasional de la revista Design. Fue ponente en las conferencias de Houston y Orlando. Dió cursos rápidos en los EE.UU. y Canadá, y fue anfitrión de varios más.
En el año 2005, David recibió el Premio por el Voluntariado del Presidente de la SND.

The Plain Dealer será el anfitrión de la conferencia anual de la SND en 2012.

David vive en los suburbios de Cleveland con su esposa, Susan, su un perro Beck, dos gatos: Q y Splinter, y varios peces sin nombre.
Los Kordalskis tienen dos hijos adultos: Andy y Kevin.
En su tiempo libre David juega softbol de interior, hace muebles artesanales y cultiva árboles Bonsai.

Prioridades para la SND
Desde que una persona anónima me propuso como candidato a Secretario/Tesorero, el primer paso en la escalera del liderazgo de la organización, he estado pensando mucho acerca de la SND.

Mis prioridades para la Sociedad:

• Mantenerla en movimiento hacia la salud fiscal. El camino ha sido establecido, es imprescindible continuar con los pasos positivos que ya se han ha dado.
• Re-involucrar a los miembros antiguos y alentar a otros nuevos, en nuevos lugares del mundo pero también en áreas donde los números se han desplomado. Recordarles el valor del trabajo en red, el vínculo que crea la resolución de problemas compartida y la experiencia.
• Asegurar el obvio valor de la membresía, cumpliendo lo que se promete.
• Desarrollar una mayor colaboración con otras organizaciones profesionales, no sólo para la eficiencia económica, sino como una manera de darle nueva vida a la SND.
• Redoblar los esfuerzos hacia una composición más diversa.
• Convertir el enorme volumen de material de la SND en recursos académicos.
• Seguir mejorando el sitio web.
• Traer el periodismo nuevamente a la discusión, y continuar ofreciéndole a las personas herramientas para desenvolverse en un entorno en constante cambio.
• Abrir un diálogo con los miembros y conocer sus ideas para mejorar la organización.
• Presentar los viejos estándares, como el libro del concurso, utilizando las herramientas del siglo 21.
• Explora un nuevo modelo para la Conferencia Anual.

Puede leer más detalles acerca de las ideas Kordalski por SND en

Mike Rice

Mike Rice is the design director at the Arizona Daily Star. In his seven years there, he has led the paper through a redesign (and several incremental ones), revamped sections, launched brand new ones and led the charge to foster visual thinking in the newsroom.

Before his time in Tucson, Mike did a little bit of everything at The Times of Northwest Indiana. In his seven years at that paper he served as a graphic artist, illustrator, lead news designer and features design team leader.

He and his staff have been the recipients of numerous regional, national and worldwide awards for their print design, illustration and multimedia work. Mike has personally been honored by the Society for News Design on multiple occasions and was named Designer of the Year by the Arizona Press Club in 2008.

Mike has been a SND member for the past decade. In that time he has been a speaker, hosted a quick course and, for the past 6 years, assisted with the annual competition. For the last several years he has served on the competition committee and was the coordinator for the 31st edition in 2009.

Priorities for SND

Training. Early in my career I attended my first Society for News Design workshop. It opened my eyes to the worldwide reach of our organization and to the finer points of our craft. Recently, I have attended several of the Society’s hands-on Quick Courses and learned some of the digital skills that I will need in my career going forward.

The Society needs to continue to provide inexpensive (or free) training that is relevant to its members. I think the last few years contained good examples of how SND can do this well, and the Society should continue down this path.

Dialogue. When I first became involved with the Society, SND Update, Design Magazine and later websites like Newspagedesigner and Visualeditors were all a huge influence on me. They took me beyond the walls of my newsroom and introduced me to new ideas and to new people in situations similar to my own. They provided SND with a voice.

This industry is changing every day. Now, more than ever, it is important to keep that voice active among ourselves and with other professional associations. needs to become an integral place we all come to interact and be inspired. We all have numerous design and journalism websites that we visit every day — should be on that list.

Membership. For the most part, SND is run by volunteers. So we are only as good as the people who make up our membership. While we have a very loyal core membership, there is strength in numbers. The Society needs to attract new members. The society needs to bring back lapsed members. There are plenty of talented people in our industry from around the world — we need to work to attract and engage them.

Membership helps pay for training and facilitates dialogue. Training and dialogue encourage membership.

The Society has given me so much during my professional career. It has been a great source for training and networking. I would not have the job I have today without the training and support of SND. I welcome this chance to give something back to the Society and help provide growth opportunities for future journalists.

En Español


Mike Rice

Mike Ricees director de diseño del Arizona Daily Star, de la ciudad de Tucson. En los siete años que lleva en ese puesto, ha liderado un rediseño del diario (y varias ampliaciones), renovado secciones y lanzado otras completamente nuevas, y fomentado el pensamiento visual en la sala de noticias.

Anteriormente, Mike hizo un poco de todo en The Times of Northwest Indiana. Durante los siete años que pasó en ese periódico, se desempeñó como artista gráfico, ilustrador, diseñador de noticias principales, y jefe del equipo de diseño de reportajes.

Junto con su equipo ha obtenido muchos premios a nivel regional, nacional e internacional por trabajos de diseño impreso, ilustración y multimedial. Como individuo, Mike ha sido reconocido por la SND muchas veces, y en 2008 fue nombrado Diseñador del año por el Club de la Prensa de Arizona.

Mike ha sido integrante de la SND durante la última década y en ese tiempo ha sido expositor, ha organizado un curso rápido, y, en los últimos seis años, ha colaborado en la competencia anual de diseño de noticias. En años recientes ha integrado el comité de competición y fue el coordinador de la 31ª versión de la competencia, en 2009.

Prioridades para la SND

Capacitación. Al comienzo de mi carrera, participé en mi primer taller de la SND, el cual me abrió los ojos al alcance mundial de nuestra organización y a los aspectos más finos de nuestra actividad. Últimamente he asistido a varios de los cursos rápidos de la SND y he aprendido algunas de las habilidades que me serán necesarias para avanzar en mi carrera.

La SND debe continuar ofreciendo capacitación a bajo costo (o gratis) que sea relevante para sus miembros. Creo que los últimos años tuvieron buenos ejemplos de la forma en que la SND lo puede hacer bien, y se debería continuar por ese camino.

Diálogo. Cuando me involucré en la SND, el boletín SND Update, la revista Design y más tarde los sitios web como Newspagedesigner y Visualeditors tuvieron una gran influencia en mí. Me llevaron más allá de los muros de mi sala de noticias y me presentaron nuevas ideas y a nuevas personas que estaban en situaciones semejantes a la mía. Le dieron voz a la SND.

Esta industria está cambiando continuamente. Ahora más que nunca es importante mantener activa esa voz entre nosotros y también junto a otras asociaciones profesionales. debe convertirse en un lugar integral en el cual todos interactuamos y obtenemos inspiración. Todos tenemos muchos sitios web de diseño y periodismo que visitamos cada día; debería ser uno de esos.

Membresía. La SND se mueve principalmente gracias a voluntarios, por lo que es tan buena como la gente que la integra. Aunque tenemos un núcleo de gente muy comprometida, la cantidad genera fortaleza. La SND debe atraer nuevos miembros y recuperar a ex miembros. Hay mucha gente talentosa en nuestra industria en todo el mundo que tenemos que lograr atraer e involucrar.

La membresía ayuda a financiar la capacitación y posibilita el diálogo, y la capacitación y el diálogo fomentan la membresía.

La SND me ha dado mucho en mi carrera profesional: Ha sido una gran fuente de capacitación y generación de redes. De hecho, no tendría mi actual trabajo sin el entrenamiento y el apoyo de la SND. Recibo con gusto la oportunidad de retribuir a la SND y ayudar a dar oportunidades de crecimiento a futuros periodistas.

Gabi Schmidt

Gabi Schmidt is the Creative Director at Schmidt Media Group, providing design services, training and seminars for SND, IFRA, SDI and several Media Organizations with more than 15 years experience in News Print Media Industry in the United States, Mexico, India and United Arab Emirates.

From 2006 until 2008 she was the SND (Society for News Design) Regional Director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. She recently worked as Design Editor for Khaleej Times in Dubai. She also worked for HT Media in India where she successfully launched the Hindustan redesign.

She has worked with El Universal in Mexico City, and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in the United States. Previously she was Features Design Director at the San Jose Mercury News in the U.S., winning several awards, including SND’s World’s Best Designed Newspaper. She was also the design specialist of “Motor City” and “Entertainment” Sections at the Detroit Free Press. Gabi graduated from the National Fine Arts Institute in Mexico City.

She loves Pennsylvania’s comfort food during winter, good Mexican food (not with cheddar cheese, rice and beans!) and is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers!!!

Priorities for SND

Earning the title of “Visual Journalist” is not an easy task, we need to be concerned about content and better ways to tell a story, but most of all we need to cover news in a broad way instead of partially; when we report only one angle of the news all we are doing is creating prejudice and projecting narrow vision to our readers. We are responsible for creating opinion out there, and we need to take our job more seriously, I have a big compromise with journalism and I strive for better ways to help professionals in our field, not only from the design and visual aspect but mostly from the ethical and communication one. Here are some of my goals with SND:

Create more connection between the different regions, especially our International ones and have them share knowledge on a regular basis, we also need to have more locally based (outside the US) international Quick Courses.

Have more workshops where universities can benefit from local professionals in their regions and more students can get inspired and choose visual journalism as their future career. When we share with students we also learn and give back to our young generations, so let’s get out of the newsrooms more often!

We also need to have some workshops on how to become better and more ethical managers. We often forget that one of our biggest challenges and responsibilities as coaches is with real people, and our staff should be our prime concern. Being good at “cool pages” is not enough when we coordinate a team. I keep seeing “horror stories” even from many SND award-winning papers, where the inside daily life in the newsroom is not even close to functioning in a healthy and respectful mode, and unfortunately that has a lot to do with “design pseudo-stars” that care only about their own CV and they use their staff to shine themselves as “directors” while in reality they don’t care about growing better professionals in the industry! This is a prime concern and I always try to be a positive influence so these things don’t happen.

A personal big goal, which has been one of my dreams in recent years, is: To bring an SND annual workshop to Mexico City!!! And hopefully even more countries!

And my last goal: Change the SND logo to purple! LOL! Kidding…. ;)))

En Español


Gabi Schmidt

Gabi Schmidt es Directora Creativa de Schmidt Media Group, proporcionando servicios de diseño, cursos de capacitación y seminarios para la SND, IFRA, SDI y diversas organizaciones Editoriales, cuenta con más de 15 años de experiencia en Medios Editoriales Impresos en los Estados Unidos, México, la India y Emiratos Árabes Unidos.
Ha sido Directora Regional de la SND (Society for News Design) para México, Centroamérica y El Caribe. Recientemente trabajó como Editora de Diseño en el diario Khaleej Times en Dubai. Ha trabajado en diversos proyectos de rediseño para HT Media en la India donde lanzó exitosamente el rediseño del diario Hindustan. Ha trabajado con El Universal en la Ciudad de México, así como El Instituto Poynter en los Estados Unidos. Anteriormente trabajó como Directora de Diseño de “Soft News” en el San José Mercury News en Estados Unidos, obteniendo numerosos premios, incluyendo el SND al mejor diseño del Mundo y también fue la especialista en secciones como “Motor City” y “Entertainment” en el Detroit Free Press. Gabi se graduó en el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Ciudad de México. A ella le encanta la comida de Pensilvania durante el invierno, la buena comida Mexicana (¡No con queso chedar, arroz y frijoles!) y ¡¡¡Es súper fan del equipo de los “Pittsburgh Steelers”!!!


Merecer el título de “Periodistas visuales” no es tarea fácil, debemos enfocarnos en el contenido y en la manera más eficaz de decir una historia, pero sobre todo debemos cubrir las noticias de manera completa y a fondo, en lugar de cubrir solo un aspecto parcial y visto desde un solo ángulo. Somos responsables de crear opinión allá afuera y necesitamos tomar nuestra labor más en serio. Yo tengo un gran compromiso con el periodismo y siempre me esfuerzo por encontrar maneras de apoyar a profesionistas en nuestra área, no solo desde el aspecto visual o de diseño, sino desde un punto de vista ético y de comunicación. He aquí algunas de mis metas con la SND:

Crear más conexión entre las diferentes regiones, especialmente las Internacionales y poder compartir más conocimiento de manera regular. También necesitamos tener más Talleres “Quick Course” en diferentes países, no solo en los Estados Unidos.

Tener más talleres donde las Universidades se beneficien de profesionales locales en sus regiones y más estudiantes se inspiren y elijan Periodismo Visual como su profesión. Cuando compartimos con estudiantes también aprendemos y damos algo en retorno a las generaciones jóvenes, así que ¡¡¡Vamos a salir de las redacciones más a menudo!!!

Necesitamos crear también talleres para aprender a ser mejores y más éticos supervisores. Muchas veces olvidamos que nuestra principal responsabilidad como coordinadores es con la gente. Ser bueno haciendo “páginas maravillosas” no es suficiente cuando coordinamos un departamento. Yo me enfrento a menudo con “historias de horror” de muchos diarios (ganadores de premios de la SND incluso) donde la vida real en la redacción dista mucho de funcionar con la más minima ética y respeto profesional. Desgraciadamente mucho de ello se debe a “diseñadores pseudo-estrellas” que solo se preocupan por su propio CV y usan a su propio departamento para brillar ellos mismos como “directores de arte” cuando en realidad no les interesa desarrollar mejores profesionistas en la Industria. Esto es de gran preocupación y personalmente siempre trato de ser una influencia positiva para que esto no ocurra.

Una meta muy personal, que ha sido mi sueño durante los últimos años, es: Traer una convención anual de la SND a la ciudad de México. ¡Y ojalá a muchos más países también!

Y por último: Cambiar el logo de la SND a púrpura! JAJAJAJA!!!! Broma…. ;))))


Rob Schneider

WHAT HE’S DONE: As secretary/treasurer this year, Rob has worked with SND’s leadership to extend and improve the financial and membership models of the past, which will give the organization stability into the future and an extended reach to more journalists. He also revised and improved SND’s sponsorship model for the annual workshop, an initiative that is paying immediate dividends and will serve SND well into the future.

In the upcoming year, Rob wants to continue improving SND’s financial model but also:

INCREASE DIGITAL OFFERINGS: He wants to focus on building resources that can improve the quality and quantity of offerings on as well as creating more interactive digital products for SND (by seeking out grants or finding other cost-effective or cost-neutral methods). This will help the organization serve its membership even better and extend its reach to more visual journalists around the world. These items can not only better display the results of our annual print and digital competitions but also help tell the history of news design through our impressive archived content.

MEMBERSHIP: Rob wants SND to continue working on retaining current members (by stressing the value of membership but also by making it more valuable) but also reaching out to past members to find out what can get them back. In addition, the organization needs to pursue all of the new avenues for members. Rob thinks these things will help SND be able to build a more stable financial model into the extended future.

TRAINING: Rob wants SND to focus on providing low or no cost training to its members (again, to increase the value of membership) that emphasizes the journalism of our craft as well as the tools to get the job done.

CONFERENCE: Rob looks forward to working with the leadership in Cleveland to further improve and reshape the annual conference for the future (and follow on the great work being done currently for SND STL.)

COMPETITIONS: SND did impressive work this past year remaking the digital and print competitions and Rob wants to continue those improvements, especially in finding better and bolder ways to present the findings but also finding an even more authoritative way for the judges to speak about the contest results as a whole and what they mean for the previous year in print and digital design.

WORKING ON A GLOBAL LEVEL: Rob thinks SND must continue to balance the training and membership needs of the international and U.S. contingents as well as all of SND’s collegiate affiliates. Rob wants SND to continue to be a resource for journalism education worldwide and constantly find ways to improve the organization’s membership experience in ways that educate as well as inform our global audience.

If you have any questions or ideas on how SND can improve, please email Rob at [email protected] Or please seek him out at our annual workshop in St. Louis.

ABOUT ROB: He is in charge of design, graphics and illustration for The Dallas Morning News. Rob has led successful redesigns of the DMN, The Providence Journal and various other print and digital products. Previously, he was an editor, designer, writer, photographer, copy editor and sports editor for newspapers in Missouri (St. Joseph News-Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and Nebraska (Omaha World-Herald.) His work has been awarded by The Society for News Design, Malofiej, Communication Arts, Illustrator’s Annual, PRINT magazine and other state and regional journalism competitions.

Rob has been faithful and passionate servant of the Society for News Design since 1997. He has been a regular volunteer and a judge at the creative competition in Syracuse and a speaker and volunteer at three annual workshops (Houston, Las Vegas and Denver). Rob has organized and hosted several SND Quick Courses in Texas and has been a featured speaker for SND and other organizations at events around the country.


Jonathon Berlin

Much like our industry, SND is in a constant state of change and reinvention. Through more than 30 years of service the organization has been a resource, a sounding board, a gathering place and very much a reflection of the challenges and opportunities we face. In SND we face these opportunities and challenges together. SND is us.

I imagine the scene in the Poconos in 1978 when SND was founded was a lot like “Dirty Dancing” when we first broke into the main dancing hall, juggling watermelons, bringing our slick moves and non-traditional expressions. When we took on pagination in the ’80s it was maybe more like “War Games” when we tamed the runaway machines to bring peace on Earth as we awkwardly came of age. Those go-go ’90s now feel like a Seinfeld episode. Freewheeling, fun, interesting and oddly informative, but so far away now — and with such bad hair.

And that brings us to now, amid the yelling and screaming of cable, the scattering of attention and passions, the sprouting of millions of individual voices and branches of content. It’s not a show anymore, but something more diverse and divided that is hard to describe. The best part though, is we get to define it together, work through it together, figure it out together. I live for those types of things and that’s why you should check my name for president of SND.

Here’s what my priorities would be:

Leading the conversation: On Jan. 1 we will launch an ambitious year-long conversation about all aspects of design with dispatches from all over the world, covering all different platforms and personalities, all different modes and media. We’ll feature weekly dispatches on our site and weave the discussion into our workshops and quick courses and publications and competitions. We’ll talk to people, engage the conversation with members and beyond and wrap it up at the end of the year with something spectacular and as of yet undefined. SND has always done its best, been its most useful, when we lead the conversation. In our upcoming yearlong experiment we will take it to an entirely new level.

Education and training: We will continue to look for ways to expand and grow the way we learn and train each other. The strides made in the last few years in digital training are the results of a core group of SND volunteers and we will push hard to continue to build it and widen the impact.

Digital growth: In the last few years we’ve grown SND’s site, built a new interactive competition and planted seeds for a number of other major ways to grow our usefulness, relevance and footprint in the digital world. This is less a specific subject to address than something that has and will continue to be part of everything we do.

Our value to members: We will also push ourselves as hard as we can to continue to improve, innovate and build our value to members to make sure we’re worth your money and time and are doing what we can to get in front of you with stuff that matters to your design life, that compels you to be a part of SND, to volunteer your energy, time and brainpower to the next things we set out to do.

A little about me: I live in Chicago with my wife and two boys. I’ve been at the Chicago Tribune for almost four years and work mostly with graphics. In past lives I worked in San Jose, Denver and Northwest Indiana in pretty much every section. I’ve launched new products and helped update old ones. Outside of work I teach and help with programs at Northwestern and Columbia College and I jog a lot. I graduated from the University of Illinois journalism school. I grew up in Denver, Colorado where we skied and hiked and did a bunch of other crunchy granola type of stuff.

Election 2012 Calendar

Here’s the timeline the election will follow:


Candidates announced; bios and position statement will be posted on Candidates are given three weeks to campaign. Lapsed or non-members can renew or join before the voting closes in order to vote.


Voting begins. An email blast will go out to members with link to bios, positions and the election site.


Voting closes at midnight Thursday, Sept. 29.


Winners will be announced at the annual Business Luncheon in St. Louis.

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