SND_London_2017 Conference: Early Bird + Speaker Update

The Society for News Design has announced the first group of guest speakers for its 2017 London conference: “The Future of Media is Visual”.

This year’s conference, taking place on Friday 3rd November at the News UK building. Our programme will feature experienced designers who will share real-life insights and great advice on design. Visual journalists, editors, design professionals, academics, design students and media are invited to join us to celebrate creativity and design.

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Join the top creative minds in the industry to have a candid talk about what makes our work relevant in this transition time.


1- Best practices in visual journalism worldwide

2- Interactive graphics and Data Visualization

3- Successful cases in visuals

4- The designer’s guide to survive in this transition period

5- Design in 4.7 inches screen (mobile)

6- Virtual Reality and journalism

7- Illustration




The New York Times Magazine, Art Director (US)

 Matt is the art director of The New York Times Magazine. He is a co-founder of both Port Magazine (2011) and Avaunt Magazine (2015). In 2014 he was named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Creative Review, and was elected as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 2015. Matt lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.



Graphic Artist, Financial Times (UK)

A graphic artist at the Financial Times since 2002, Ian has seen, and been a part of, the FT’s evolution from a print-centred product to a true multi-platform, digital news organisation. An illustrator by training, he has worked in newspapers since 1991 with experience in the graphics departments at the Times and Sunday Times in London in the early 90s and The LA Times and other Californian papers in the latter half of the decade.

Aside from news graphics, Ian, a qualified pilot, has combined his passion for aviation and technology with his work by producing regular illustrations and information graphics for a wide range of aviation and motoring publications and, as his long-suffering family will attest, spends much of his spare time examining obscure bits of machinery in dusty corners of airfields and museums worldwide










 Co-Graphics Editor. The Sun (UK)

 In 1999, shortly after studying newspaper design and infographics in Newcastle, Tony joined The Sun graphics desk. He freelanced around a number of titles before moving up the ranks to deputy editor in 2002. Tony left the company in 2005 and spent a number of years as a freelance designer and was also Graphics Editor for Channel 4’s Dispatches app. He returned as co-editor of The Sun Graphics desk in 2016.










 Co-Graphics Editor. The Sun (UK)

Tony has been in London working on news graphics for 18 years – starting at The Daily Mail before joining The Sun as a junior graphic designer in 2004.

He worked his way up to Co-Graphics Editor in 2016, having worked on print, animated and interactive projects.









 Design Editor, Politiken (Denmark)

 Søren Nyeland has been Design Editor of the Danish daily Politiken since 1997. He holds a Masters of Design and has led a design development team that resulted in several awards. Among them are: SND’s World’s Best-Designed Newspaper in 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2015. And notably, the European Newspaper of the Year in 2010 and 2016. Nyeland has served as a jury member at SND, SND/S, SND-Russia and ENA. Nyeland has been an influential speaker at conferences in Boston, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Istanbul, Moscow, Madrid, Stockholm and Vienna.



Immediate Past President, Society for News Design and Media Consulting, (US)

A design and journalism consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Endowed Chair at Kansas State University. She is an affiliate faculty member for The Poynter Institute where she taught full time for more than a decade. She is the immediate past president for the Society for News Design and director of large-scale eyetracking research for Poynter on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits which has been presented in newsrooms and at universities around the world. Her most recent study is Eyetracking Photojournalism, for the National Press Photographers Association.



Creative Director, Fabulous Magazine, The Sun (UK)

Currently creative director and cover photographer for Fabulous magazine. Designed and launched Fabulous ten years ago and have won and been nominated for multiple BSME art director of the year awards along the way. Previously designed and art directed the Daily Express and Independent newspapers.



Design editor, The Washington Post (US)

Suzette has been a design editor at The Washington Post since 2015, working in both print and digital spaces. Prior to that, she was a design editor at the Tampa Bay Times and creative director at Bay magazine. She was also the director of design and graphics at the Hartford Courant from 1999-2006.




Design Consultant, US-UK

Deborah Withey, former creative director of The Virginian-Pilot, among other titles, received a Lifetime Achievement award for her work as designer, mentor, and innovator from SND in 2012 which gave her the opportunity (and permission, she figured!) to step away from working exclusively as a visual journalist to developing her own creativity and self-expression as exhibiting artist and art for wellbeing practitioner.

But her love of collaboration brought her back to the USA and newspapers last year when asked to create a visual concept from scratch for the North State Journal, a start-up paper for the state of North Carolina. In less than 12 months of publishing the paper was chosen as a ‘World’s Best-Designed Finalist’, (Deb’s 6th) and photo team of the year. ‘Design thinking’ as well as ‘design doing’ has inspired her to enroll in the new Emerging Media Design + Development graduate program at Ball State where she plans to meld all her past disciplines into something new, yet to be determined!

She calls cheese + pickles studio home in beautiful St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Twitter is her favourite mode of social media reach her there @cheeseanpickles or on Linked In. Debs has her own line of illustrated textile designs at


Editor in chief/creative director, The Lily –Washington Post (US)

Amy King is the editor in chief/creative director for The Lily, and design director for Emerging News Products at The Washington Post. Amy proposed and developed the editorial and creative mission of – a product aimed at millennial women that lives exclusively on distributed platforms. In her Emerging News Products role, she has helped to launch The Post’s national product suite, Snapchat Discover channel, Apple News and a myriad of other initiatives with industry-leading distributed platforms. Amy came to The Post in 2013 as an art director for the Arts & Style section.



Interactive News Editor , Times and the Sunday Times (UK)

Sam Joiner is the Interactive News Editor of the Times and the Sunday Times. Part of the cross-title digital team, Sam works with journalists and section editors across all Times and Sunday Times desks to bring stories to life digitally.

From quick turnaround content for daily news articles, such as charts and timelines, to large scale, long-running major events like the Olympics or US election, his team focus on adding value to stories and ensuring readers get the most from their digital subscriptions.

Sam is a graduate from the University of Bristol, where he read history. He has previously worked for the Guardian and Microsoft.



Digital Infographics, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Marco is based in Hong Kong working as Infographic Designer at the South China Morning Post, former Senior Infographic Designer at La Nacion (Costa Ria) and lecturer of Information Design to the Science and Arts University of Costa Rica. His work has been recognized with awards in Asia by Wan-Ifra, in USA by the Society for News Design, in UK by the GEN, in Spain by the SND-E and the BID, among others.



Senior illustrator, Gulf News – Dubai (UAE)

Ramachandra Babu is a Senior Illustrator at Gulf News Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2004 to date. Prior to that, he was an Editorial Illustrator at the Daily Al Bayan an Arabic Daily and creative director of Your Health magazine. He is blessed with full of talents – a designer, illustrator, infographic artist and a painter. He has been recognized for his creative designs with multiple awards from SND, Malofiej, Wan Ifra and World Press Cartoon.

He was born in India and moved to Dubai in 1996 and started his career as a painter. Over the years, Ramachandra Babu has painted portraits and created murals of the Dubai Royal Family and leading business houses in the United Arab Emirates. With his vast experience in the creative and design industry, he is surely one of the best speakers that we have for this conference to share his many creative ways in design that will definitely inspire us.




Educator, Tomsk State University (RUSSIA)

News designer working in Tomsk, Russia since 1994, starting with letterpress typography.

Designer, infographer, editor and reporter. Multiple SND Russia winner (mostly in Gorodskaya Gazeta newspaper). Active media consultant and producer.

Educator in Tomsk State University, one of the oldest school in Russia, teaching news writing, visual journalism, editorial design and management,

Acting dean of the journalism faculty in TSU High School of Journalism, producing the number of SND-winning projects in digital publishing reporting.


Director for Emerging News Products, The Washington Post (US)

Christopher Meighan is the director for Emerging News Products at The Washington Post. He leads a 30-person team made up of editors, designers and producers. Over the past few years, the team has launched The Post’s national product suite, which includes tablet and smartphone apps, a newsletter and an Apple Watch presence. The team also runs many of The Post’s distributed platform initiatives, including Apple News, Snapchat Discover and His team operates on an editorial philosophy and design sensibility that takes advantage of the small screen for mobile-first storytelling. The team is consistently in the innovations mindset, knowing that once something is launched, it’s on to figuring out what the next big thing will be. Christopher came to The Post in 2008 as an art director for the Style section.



Infographic Designer, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Marcelo is an infographic designer who started his career in 1996 in Chile, working for infographic departments of the main local newspapers until august 2010 . From November 2010 to July 2015 he worked for the design team of  Times of Oman and Al Shabiba newspapers in the Sultanate of Oman as infographic designer and researcher.

Since August 2016 he works at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Throughout his career he has won more than 60 awards in various events such as SND Best of News Design, Malofiej and Wan-Ifra. His work has been published in books, magazines, and infographic/data visualization websites in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

He is passionate about his work, enjoys sharing his professional experience and thrives on learning from the people he meets along the way



President, Society for News Design / Senior Designer, Gulf News, Dubai (UAE)

Douglas is working as sport designer at Gulf News, Dubai and as president at Society for News Design (SND).

Douglas is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He worked in some of the biggest publishing house: Editora Abril (Sao Paulo), O Globo (Rio de Janeiro), A Tarde (Salvador) and for seven years as Art Editor for the online news provider UOL.

Outside Brazil, Douglas worked in Tokyo (Japan) in the International Press newspaper and previous SND Regional Director for the Middle East.

As SND regional director, Douglas worked in partnership with other professional organizations such as WAN-IFRA, IAJ (Institute for the Advancement of Journalism) in conferences in Egypt, Johannesburg, Jordan, New Delhi and Dubai. The workshop with Iraqi designers in Jordan, The Best of Middle East Competition, the SND Award Winners Exhibition and the regional conference are some of his accomplishments in the Middle East region.


More speakers to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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