Agenda for #SNDmakes Indianapolis: The story form

From web to tablet to phones (and beyond!), the constantly changing landscape of digital storytelling design keeps us on our toes, inviting designers to rethink which stories we tell, and how we tell them.

This weekend, in conjunction with the digital competition in Indianapolis, more than 30 news design leaders are digging in on two focused days of ideation and prototyping for #SNDmakes Indianapolis: The story form. We’ll begin Friday morning, March 21 and wrap-up around noon on Sunday, March 23.

Throughout the event, we will use a human-centered design process to identify design needs and propose some practical, some impractical digital design solutions. A cross-section of media’s leading designers will participate in the discussions and lead teams in brainstorming and prototyping some future storyforms.

This facilitated, interactive workshop is for news designers, developers and students of great digital news content. See the full list of attendees, with professionals from The Boston Globe, CNN, Vox Media, The Washington Post and others to help imagine the future of the narrative form.


Friday, March 21 – 9 am start at Ball State Indianapolis Center

  • 9a: Coffee and nosh, Light breakfast will be served
  • 9:30a: Welcome from SND leadership and group introductions
  • 10:30a – noon: Set goals. What are you going to build? We will use this time to talk about the potential design challenges that groups may work on for the weekend.
  • Lunch plus lightning talks from Tyson Whiting, Joyce Rice, Tim Wong, Mike SwartzJoe Germuska
  • 1:30p: Targeted brainstorming exercises. Numerous solutions may be within reach, but structural or social barriers can exist that stop discovery in a group setting. This time might also be used for mini-clinics and quick training sessions.
  • 4p: Teams define design challenges. Set work plans for the weekend.
  • 6p: Reportbacks: All teams will give a status report for their design challenge. What did the accomplish today? What will they do tomorrow.

Saturday, March 22

Sunday, March 23 

  • Morning: Coffee and nosh. Team work time.
  • 11a: Final project presentations. Capture details for publishing and sharing.

Check out the projects: Project Skim | Moving Stories | Backstory | Sluice

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About Miranda Mulligan

is a digital specialist, news design veteran, SND board member, and a long-time rouser of rabbles.

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