iPad Quick Courses head to San Francisco, Chicago

The next stop on this year’s Quick Course circuit: the San Francisco Chronicle will play host to the next SND iPad/Tablet Quick Course, on Sept. 14-15. That will be followed by Loyola University Chicago, on Oct. 18-19. More than 100 people have taken advantage of this training – free for members and just $25 for non-members thanks to a supporting grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation – so get yourself and your colleagues registered today!

Welcome to a new year: Meet the new appointments to SND’s board

With the start of the new years comes a number of new appointments for the Society for News Design board. These folks are taking over for former board members whose appointments ended in 2012 or who moved to other positions.

SND’s board is made up of more than 20 volunteers who focus on different parts of making SND go, whether a geographic area or an area of expertise, like the website or training.


Print entry deadlines: U.S. submissions, Jan. 16, 2013; international submissions, Jan. 23, 2013.

Digital entry deadlines: 12 a.m. EST., Jan. 16, 2013

Digital competition categories: More on the changes to this year’s competition, categories and rules

Digital entry form: Register first and then click on “submit entries.”

What sites are the World’s Best Designed? We’re looking for your ideas for the World’s Best Designed websites and mobile apps. A group of judges will go over all submissions and ideas in February, but first we’d like to hear from you. Send us your ideas.

Print competition Call for Entries: Instructions, categories and forms English and Spanish

Election 2012: How Las Vegas Sun photographer Steve Marcus makes images of Governor Mitt Romney

Nevada — with its six electoral votes — is one of a handful of states President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney consider a toss up this election cycle. As both candidates make myriad stops in the area surrounding Sin City, Las Vegas Sun photographer Steve Marcus explains how he approaches making thoughtful and unique images of sometimes redundant campaign events.

Artist and writer Austin Kleon on stealing, index cards, upright pianos and the obits

In his books, posts and notes writer and artist Austin Kleon has created an amazing dialogue about art, creativity and making things in our webby world. “I’ve always looked up to artists who don’t hoard their secrets and are open about their processes,” he said. When it comes to news, Kleon said he subscribes to Sturgeon’s Law: “90 percent of everything is crap.”

Kleon took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

Wilson Miner on vintage stereo equipment, context, and nudging the world in the right direction

Now with Facebook, digital designer Wilson Miner of Rdio, Everyblock, Django and a little electronics company called Apple. His “When we Build”
talk is worth skipping six months of online cat videos. Everyblock, he said learned a lot from journalism, “The biggest lesson from journalism for me was the importance of context,” he said. “All this data we were dealing with, none of it means anything in isolation. What I was always trying to do (with varying degrees of success) was to find ways to put each story or each data point in context with everything else connected to it.”

Miner took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

The colors, the city, the speed: A love letter to the Olympic Games

Last week, I started thinking about why it is that I love the Olympics so much. There’s not really one simple answer.

For as long as I’ve been designing pages, whenever the Games roll around, I’m engrossed. It is, by far, my favorite time to be in a newsroom. Some people get that way about elections; others about baseball playoffs or the Super Bowl. Despite having worked in some capacity in or with sports departments for most of the last 15 years, I’m not a big sports fan, so neither of those last two really do it for me. The Olympics are different, though. The Olympics are a cultural event. They are the world on a stage, and there are stories to tell that go far beyond what happens on a track, in a pool or on a court. Those stories tug on heartstrings, diminish (or in some cases, emphasize) cultural differences, bring people and countries together.

The only other event I can think of that conjures up similar feelings is the World Cup. I was lucky enough to go to South Africa with some friends two years ago to experience that first-hand, and it only made me want to witness an Olympiad that much more. For the first time in my life, this year, I’m making that happen and will be in London for the final two weeks of the Games.

(Tim writes as part of SND’s Year-Long Conversation and discussion of the London Games. Read more here.)

Start-up lessons: A homicide site in DC

What can you learn about design and development from a site about homicides? A lot, it turns out as we see in this dispatch in SND’s Year-Long Conversation about design.

  • Do what you can—now.
  • Use what you can—now.
  • Build what you can—now.
  • Take risks.
  • Evaluate.
  • Be public.
  • Think creatively.
  • Trust that things will fall into place.
  • But do what you can to make them fall into the right places.
  • Never stop looking forward.
  • Find your purpose, define it, and live by it.
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