Meet the design nerds gathered in Indianapolis to invent new story forms

This weekend SND is nerding out on story-form design, with a focus on inventing new ways to evolve how we think about presenting digital narratives. Of this scrappy group, some have been involved with SND for years, while others are meeting the organization for the first time; regardless, those gathered here share a passion to help shape the future of news.

Some of the questions we are working to answer are: “How can we take advantage of device capabilities to enhance understanding of complicated stories?” and “What would a behavior-focused story form look like?” and “How might we improve the story-consumption experience that desperately needs to be put into context?”

Follow along through updates here, social blasts and video of the lightning talks and prototypes designed and created by our participants: #SNDMakes.


  • Joe Germuska is chief nerd at Northwestern University and a Knight Lab
  • Tory Hargro is visual designer manager at USA Today
  • Damon Kiesow is senior product manager at The Boston Globe
  • Huge Ma is a front-end engineer at Vox Media
  • Frank Mina is deputy managing editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and a region leader for SND
  • Rebekah Monson is a communication manager at the University of Miami
  • Joyce Rice is co-founder and creative director of Symbolia magazine
  • Benjamin Running is design director at Buzzfeed
  • Adam Schweigert is director of technology at Investigative News
  • Haoyun Su is a data journalist at the Indianapolis Star
  • Mike Swartz is a partner at Upstatement
  • Tyson Whiting is a lead designer at Vox Media
  • Cory Williams is support manager at Vox Media
  • Zach Wise is faculty at Medill School, designer/developer at Northwestern University Knight Lab
  • Tim Wong is a senior digital designer at The Washington Post
  • Katie Zhu is a software engineer at Medium


  • Adam Baumgartner is a junior at Ball State University
  • Tyler Fisher is a senior at Northwestern University and a Knight Lab student fellow
  • Matt Gelfand is a graduate student at Northwestern University and a Knight Lab student fellow
  • KK Rebecca Lai is a junior at Northwestern University and a Knight Lab student fellow
  • Priya Krishnakumar is a senior at Northwestern University and a Knight Lab student fellow
  • Will Royal is a senior at Indiana University
  • Missy Wilson is a senior at Indiana University
  • Nicole Zhu is a sophomore at Northwestern University and a Knight Lab student felllow

Event organizers

  • Kyle Ellis is a designer for CNN Digital and digital director for SND
  • Miranda Mulligan is chief at the Northwestern University Knight Lab

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

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About Kyle Ellis

is Director of Strategic Programs for SND, and a consultant for American City Business Journals.

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