Creative Conference Calls: Design Systems and Local Publications

Design systems create consistency, structure and standards across sections or a family of publications. But they also can stymie creativity and freedom. The team at American City Business Journals will discuss how an organization with no visual identity a decade ago transformed its 40 weekly publications into a place where each designer’s voice can be unique and heard, while still coloring inside the lines of a design framework. 

August 18, 2021 at 12pm ET 

Register for this Session

SND Members: As a member of SND, you will be automatically registered for this session. Registrations are sent to the email on file with your SND account.

Students and Educators: If you are not currently an SND member but want to attend a session for free, contact us at [email protected] and we will set up your registration for you for free. 

Please note: Registering for this event will allow you access to the recording, even if you can’t attend live.


Non-Members: If you are not currently an SND member and would like to become one, sign up for an SND membership and then complete your registration. Or please feel free to register per session as you like.

Our Speakers: 

Jon Wile

American City Business Journals

Wile directs the content and editorial operations for 43 business journals across the country at ACBJ. Previously, he served as the company’s first national Creative Director and redesigned the papers in tandem with Mario Garcia. He also oversaw UX and Product design, as well as the company’s editorial research operations.Before joining ACBJ in 2012, Wile worked in a variety of design and leadership roles at The Washington Post for seven years. He’s also worked at The Plain Dealer and Detroit Free Press. He’s a graduate of Kent State University, with a degree in newspaper journalism.Wile has served the Society in numerous roles, including multiple positions on the SND board, host of the 2017 annual workshop in Charlotte and SND40 competition coordinator. He’s been a judge four times at the annual creative competition, as well as a facilitator and team captain.

About This Series:

The concept: A moderated 60-90 minute conversation with various guests on specific design and industry topics. We will explore interesting projects from around the world, talk with makers and visual leaders, and allow time for questions and less formal networking among registrants. 

When: The third Wednesday of every month at 12pm ET starting May 19.

The Creative Conference Calls series is free to all current SND members, as well as students and educators. Not an SND member but want to attend? Don’t worry, each session will be available to attend for a small registration fee of $10. 

Can’t make a session live … we have you covered. The series will be recorded and available for registrants to watch on playback after the live presentation, whenever they like.