Lifetime Achievement winner Randy Stano

The Society for News Design is excited to announce that Randy Stano is joining our lineup of speakers for the SND Charlotte workshop on April 19-21 in Charlotte, N.C.

Stano is a 2017 SND Lifetime Achievement award recipient and has taught at the University of Miami since 1995. Stano’s students have gone on to work at publications such as The Boston Globe, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. His students, past and present, describe him as a treasured mentor and key player in their career development.

Stano was SND President in 1992, while working at the Miami Herald. The following year, the Herald won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew, with Stano serving as director of editorial art and design.

SND Web Editor Aviva Loeb caught up with Stano to ask him about his favorite memories from SND and what goes on inside his classroom.


  1. Attending the SND Workshop in Barcelona [in 1995] with my coworkers at The Miami Herald and my new group of students at the University of Miami as I made a career change.
  2. Attending the SND Workshop in San Juan [in 1986] at the height of color revolution’s influence on print. Some of us were guessing Pantone numbers for buildings as we toured the Old Town in San Juan.
  3. The end results I was able to see from SND Quick Course attendees during my tenure as the chair of the committee.
  4. Standing in front of the SND membership in Washington DC as president of the organization in 1992. This was roughly six weeks after Hurricane Andrew had hit South Florida.
  5. All the wonderful designers I have met over the years that have become good friends. Those who offer me advice and helped me grow.

WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CAREER THAT YOU KNOW NOW? Patience. Learning that you do not have to be on deadline all the time and to make sure you plan ahead for possible delays, changes or revisions.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU’VE LEARNED WHILE TEACHING? How to listen. I have learned to listen fully before speaking, offering advice or constructive criticism.

HOW HAS SND PLAYED A ROLE IN WHAT YOU TEACH IN THE CLASSROOM? Over the years I have been able to use SND examples of print or digital designs in my classroom or newsroom through the yearly awards book and the website. SND has offered me the chance to take employees and students to participate in SND Quick Courses, workshops, contest judging and national/international conferences.

HOW HAS THE ADDITION OF NEW PLATFORMS FOR DESIGN IMPACTED WHAT OR HOW YOU’RE TEACHING IN THE CLASSROOM? No matter the platform — iWatch, iPhone, iPad, laptop or print — you still need to teach the basics of design, whether it be for digital or print. The use of color, typography, neutral/white space, grids, margins, and eye flow may differ from platform to platform, but true basic design skills are necessary to create a visual attractive design that will catch a reader.

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About SND Charlotte

• Don’t miss your chance to UNITE & REBEL, register today: Register
• Book your hotel room (before they run out!): Use the SND discount link
• Check out the lineup of speakers we’ve announced for the workshop. What a team!
• Don’t miss the Think Before You Make pre-conference day at the U.S. National Whitewater Center