Nigel Holmes is recognized globally for his expertise in explanation graphics, having received numerous awards through the years (including a Lifetime Achievement honor from SND). Nigel spoke at the first SND workshop in Washington, way back in 1980, and will return to regale the audience with tales from his rich and celebrated career.
Senior Vice President, Sportscenter and News, ESPN
As Senior Vice President, SportsCenter and News, Rob King oversees all of SportsCenter and ESPN’s newsgathering operations. Previously, as Senior Vice President, Content, ESPN Digital & Print Media, King was responsible for all content and the editorial direction of ESPN’s portfolio of digital and print sports properties. King joined ESPN in 2004.
He began his television career after almost 20 years in newspapers, primarily in roles in visual journalism and sports. A past Pulitzer jurist, King serves as the Chairman of Poynter’s National Advisory Board and is a member of the Associated Press board of directors. In May, King was named by Fast Company among its “Most Creative People 2014.”
King received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University in 1984. In 1986, King attended Penn State, studying Journalism as part of the School of Communication’s inaugural graduate class.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Vox.com
Ezra Klein is Editor-in-Chief of Vox.com – a website he founded which focuses on giving the public crucial contextual information necessary to understand what’s happening in the world today.
Prior to starting Vox.com, Klein oversaw The Washington Post’s Wonkblog. He has also been a columnist for Bloomberg News and a regular contributor/policy analyst for MSNBC where his commentary focuses on as Klein describes it “domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system that’s constantly screwing it up.”
In addition to appearing and hosting on MSNBC, he has also appeared on Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, The McLaughlin Group, The Colbert Report and many more. The Economist named him one of the “Minds of the Moment.”
CEO, Webbmedia Group, and Founder, Spark Camp
Amy Webb is a digital media futurist and Founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm for emerging technology advising in media, entertainment, advertising and technology companies, and for higher education, nonprofits and government. Webbmedia Group researches near-future trends in digital media and technology, and develops business strategies to help clients engage bigger audiences and capture more market share.
Amy is the co-founder of Knowledgewebb Training, a hands-on corporate training firm that was incubated at Webbmedia Group. She is also the co-founder of Spark Camp, a next-generation convener that facilitates important conversations on the future of a better society.
She is a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Lecturer on emerging technology and media at Columbia University. In 2013, Amy published “Data, A Love Story,” (Dutton/ Penguin), a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 3 million times and has been translated into 31 languages.
Richard Saul Wurman
TED founder, Architect, Designer
With the publication of his first book in 1962, Richard Saul Wurman identified the singular passion of his life: making information understandable. In 1976 he coined the term ‘Information Architect’. Since then he has gone on to author, design and publish more than 80 books, each about a subject or idea that he personally had difficulty understanding. Wurman created the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in 1984 and the TEDMED conference in 1995. They provided a high profile and vibrant forum for the exchange of ideas between members of the design community and leaders across business, science and culture. The title of his forthcoming book is “Worship The God Of Understanding” and his current study and exhibition is the Urban Observatory, which is a comparative cartographic analysis of cities worldwide.
Director of Digital Design, The New York Times
Ian Adelman, who has been called “one of the hottest hands in digital design,” is the Director of Digital Design at The New York Times, where he recently spearheaded a redesign of one of the top media sites in the world. Previously, under his direction, nymag.com became widely recognized for its thoughtful and energetic visual expression of the New York magazine brand online.
Graphics Editor, The New York Times
Wilson Andrews joined The New York Times as a graphics editor in 2013. He designs and codes interactive graphics and visually-rich stories about everything from the World Cup to election results. Before moving to New York, Wilson was a graphics editor at The Washington Post and taught visual journalism at the University of Maryland and Medill. He’s a proud Tar Heel and enjoys life saturated with live music.
Fellow, Reynolds Journalism Institute
Dan Archer is a graphic journalist who uses comics and immersive storytelling to report on human rights issues in situations where video or photographic equipment is inappropriate or, at worst, traumatic for those involved. Archer is a 2014 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and was a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where he also taught non-fiction graphic novel writing 2008-14. His current work explores the crossover of interactive comics with transmedia storytelling and virtual reality, one example of which was the virtual reality reconstruction of the Michael Brown shooting that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014. His work has been published by the BBC, CBC, Vice magazine, Fusion, San Francisco Public Press, American Public Media, Truthout and PBS among others.
Visuals Editor, Bay Area News Group
Tim Ball is Visuals Editor for the Bay Area News Group, where he oversees the photography and design departments for the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. He has been a design director, art director, consultant, editor and designer at more publications than is really reasonable, including but certainly not limited to The Washington Post, South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Indianapolis Star. His design work and picture editing has been honored multiple times by both SND and the National Press Photographers Association.
Co-Founder and Executive Editor, Vox.com
Melissa Bell co-founded Vox.com in early 2014 and became the first person at Vox Media to hold both a technology and editorial title as Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor for Vox.com. Prior to Vox, Melissa oversaw digital platforms at The Washington Post. She was also one of The Post’s most-read bloggers and a columnist for the Style section. Before joining The Post, she helped launch Mint, a Wall Street Journal subsidiary in India, where she lived for four years. She hails from San Diego, California and makes a mean banana-and-cheese quesadilla.
Graphics Editor, Chicago Tribune
Jonathon Berlin is graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and Columbia College where he’s taught infographics, data visualization and human-centered design. Jonathon was president of the Society for News Design in 2012. His work has been honored by SND, AIGA and Print. Before coming to Chicago in 2007, he worked at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News and The Times of Northwest Indiana. He was a Page One designer during The Rocky’s Pulitzer Prize winning work covering wildfires in 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois’ journalism school.
Founder, Font Bureau
David Berlow entered the type industry in 1978 as a letter designer for the respected Mergenthaler, Linotype, Stempel, and Haas typefoundries. He joined the newly formed digital type supplier, Bitstream, Inc. in 1982. After Berlow left Bitstream in 1989, he founded The Font Bureau, Inc. with Roger Black. Font Bureau has developed more than 300 new and revised type designs for the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Hewlett Packard and others, with OEM work for Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. Font Bureau’s Retail Library consists mostly of original designs and now includes over 500 typefaces. Berlow is a member of the New York Type Directors Club (TDC) and the Association Typographique International (ATypI), and remains active in typeface design.
Senior Vice President, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Jim Bernard is the Senior Vice President of Digital at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Since joining the Star Tribune in 2010, Jim has expanded mobile, added a successful digital subscription tier and facilitated significant digital revenue growth. Prior to the Star Tribune he was the General Manager of MarketWatch.com.
Starting with LA in 1972, Roger Black has been chief art director or design consultant for publications of all kinds, all over the world. Among them: Rolling Stone, Outside, New York, The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, Fast Company, Smart Money, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC.com, Bloomberg.com, The Washington Post, Semana (Colombia), Panorama (Italy), The Straits Times (Singapore), Kompas (Indonesia), Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland), Placar (Brazil), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Nomad Editions, Scientific American, and Always On Network.
Recently he’s turned his attention back to Asia. In March 2014, his design for the Asia Tatler magazines was launched, with a new Font Bureau custom typeface, Forma. Now he is working with a multi-platform news publication group in Myanmar. Roger may not sit still long, but he spends some down-time at homes in Hong Kong and Pass-a-Grille, Florida.
Creative Director, The Guardian
Alex Breuer is creative director of The Guardian. Working in both digital and print formats, Breuer has worked across a broad range of high-profile brands including The Times, The Financial Times, Esquire and Men’s Health. At The Guardian, Breuer is developing new responsive design and content forms that will not just embody the best of timeless journalistic and editorial design thinking, but also evolve new approaches that seamlessly translate into new technologies. His most recent projects include the innovative responsive layout system for The Times‘ mobile apps. Breuer’s work has been honored by the PPA, SND and SPD.
Partner, Alley Interactive
Brad Campeau-Laurion has led the software development and product teams for many top media web sites. As partner and chief technologist at Alley Interactive, Brad works on Alley’s most prominent projects and creates technology solutions under tight deadlines. Brad led the New York Post’s monumental rebuild of its website in 2013, executing one of the largest launches in the history of WordPress. Responsible for the redesign and rearchitecture of Sportsnet.ca (Rogers Media), Brad directed the implementation of responsive design for mobile and deep integration with live stats. Read more on Brad and see Alley’s portfolio of work.
Designer, Educator, Author
Juliette Cezzar is a designer, educator, and author based in New York City.
She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of the BFA Communication Design and BFA Design and Technology programs at Parsons the New School for Design. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a B.Arch in Architecture from Virginia Tech. She established her small studio, e.a.d., in 2005, after her second year-long stint as a freelance designer at the Museum of Modern Art. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
She is the co-author, with Sue Apfelbaum, of the book Designing the Editorial Experience, a primer for print, web and mobile.
Director, Journalism+Design program, The New School
Heather Chaplin is director of the Journalism+Design program at The New School. She is the recent recipient of two Knight Foundation grants, and is currently working on a paper for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on playable models. Chaplin covered videogames for ten years working for All Things Considered, The New York Times, and The LA Times, among other places. She is the co-author of Smartbomb: The Quest for Art, Entertainment and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution.
Neil Chase, a former chair of SND’s Quick Course and Workshop committees, consults for news organizations and marketers on projects ranging from new publications to content-marketing and ad sales to just plain great journalism. He’s a former editor (SF Examiner, Arizona Republic, CBS MarketWatch, New York Times) and journalism professor (Northwestern University’s Medill School) and for five years connected marketers with publishers as a vice president at Federated Media.
United States Digital Service
Dana Chisnell is an elections geek and a UX research nerd (her words) who has trained thousands of people, including government workers, to test their designs. But what she really loves is giving design literacy to the world. She’s the lead on a project to develop a series of Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent. The Field Guides, originally funded by a Kickstarter project, are designed to be quick, easy, accessible help for American election officials to do the best possible design. She won 2 MacArthur grants to expand the Field Guides Series. She wrote Handbook of Usability Testing, Second Edition with Jeff Rubin. She’s a co-founder of the Center for Civic Design with Whitney Quesenbery, which has loaned her to the United States Digital Service.
Graphics Editor, The Washington Post
Emily Chow is a graphics editor with the information graphics team at The Washington Post. She spends her days designing and building integrated storytelling experiences and data visualizations. Prior to joining the Washington Post, Emily held internships at Sunset Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School.
User Experience Lead, Condé Nast
Laura is a designer and journalist at heart. Most recently, she joined the platform team at Condé Nast where she works closely with editors at some of your favorite brands — Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Epicurious — to design tools that help them deliver best in class consumer applications. She is obsessed with solving the right problem for users. Previously, she was at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, developing the content strategy for lifestyle channels including health, technology, entertainment and travel. She also spent time at Gannett focused on new product development and she is a washingtonpost.com refugee.
Director, Gannett's Phoenix Design Studio
Tracy Collins is director of Gannett’s Design Studio in Phoenix, and president of the SND Foundation. Prior to launching the Phoenix Design Studio, Collins had been in charge of operations and visuals for The Arizona Republic, having served the paper at various times as sports, presentation, planning and convergence editor. He was graphics editor and then assistant managing editor/news for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and before that served in design, reporting, content editing and management jobs for newspapers in Pittsburgh, York, Pa., and Lumberton, N.C. Collins is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Design and graphics editor, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Josh Crutchmer is design and graphics editor at The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He previously worked at The Buffalo News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Omaha World-Herald and Arizona Republic. Josh is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He is currently the chair of SND’s print competition committee and was the 34th edition competition coordinator. He founded Best of Sports Design in 2006, and along with Rich Boudet, he runs the SportsDesigner social media feeds.
Graphics Director, The Washington Post
Kat Downs is the Graphics Director at The Washington Post. She leads a team of designers, developers, reporters and illustrators that create visual stories, including visualizations, databases and multimedia projects. She has taught design and development at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Georgetown University. Before joining The Post in 2008, she worked at The Baltimore Sun. The youngest of seven girls, she grew up in Franklin, a small town in western North Carolina. She studied visual communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work has been honored by the Peabody Awards, the Society for News Design, the Online Journalism Awards and the Malofiej International Infographics Awards.
Comics. Interactives. Storytelling.
Gus D’Angelo’s work has illuminated the pages of The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times, and, as a game animator, he’s breathed life into sparkly unicorns and rainbow fairies for mobile and desktop games at TinyCo, Google and Slide. D’Angelo is developing “Comigama”, a new, interactive, mobile-first media platform that blends traditional editorial cartoons and comic strips with mini-games. He started building “Comigama” as a 2014 Knight fellow at Stanford.
Product Manager, The Business Journals
Kyle Ellis is a journalist, designer and product manager. He is a board member and co-founder of #SNDMakes — the Society’s prototyping design event about community, not competition. #SNDMakes is a 2.5-day facilitated, collaborative and curated design event that utilizes design-thinking principles to generate working prototypes. Past events have been held in Indianapolis and Boston. Now a product manager at The Business Journals, Kyle is currently based in Charlotte, N.C. Formerly, he was a designer at CNN Digital, the Las Vegas Sun, and the New York Post.
Editor for newsroom strategy, The New York Times
Tyson Evans is an editor for newsroom strategy at The New York Times. Previously, he was a deputy editor of The Times’s interactive news team. He is a board member of SND and has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the d.school at Stanford.
Author. Designer. Art director IL. Journalist. Professor
Since 2008, Francesco Franchi has been the art director at IL, the monthly magazine of Il Sole 24 ORE. Before that, he worked for five years as a senior designer at Leftloft, a Milan based design studio, dealing with communication design, editorial projects and infographics.
He holds a Bachelor in Industrial Design from Politecnico di Milano. In 2005, he took specialized classes in Communication Design at the London Metropolitan University. In 2007, he graduated cum laude at Politecnico di Milano, where he gained a Master degree in Industrial Design.
He is the author of Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics.
Director of Print Innovation, Advance Digital
Tim Frank recently joined Advance Digital as their director of print innovation. Previously, he launched Gannett’s Asbury Park design studio, building a team of 85 designers and editors aimed at showing that good work can happen in large shops. Before that, he led the award winning visual teams at the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.
Design Director, AdWeek
Carrie Gee is an award-winning art director and designer living in NYC. She is currently at the helm of custom publications and special projects as a design director for Adweek. Having been a designer, illustrator, art director, production artist, photographer, writer (including a stint as a professional breakfast columnist), and copy editor — Carrie is a creative champion who loves every part of what goes into the publication industry.
Senior Art Director, TIME
Martin Gee is an Emmy-award winning art director, designer and illustrator based in NYC. He is currently the Senior Art Director at TIME and on ICON9 The Illustration Conference’s board of directors. He enjoys adding cats to his vector illustrations and building LEGO robots.
Director of Photography, The Washington Post
MaryAnne Golon is Assistant Managing Editor and Director of Photography at the Washington Post. Golon was previously TIME’s director of photography, where she managed the photography department of the newsweekly along with Michele Stephenson for more than 20 years. Golon led the photography team that produced the Hurricane Katrina special edition and the September 11, 2001 special black-bordered edition, each winning National Magazine Awards for single issue topics. Golon has received numerous individual picture-editing awards from Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photography competitions.
Director, American University Game Lab & Studio
Lindsay Grace is a professor, game designer and researcher. He directs the AU Game Lab and Studio. His game designs have received awards and recognition from the Games for Change Festival, Meaningful Play Conference, ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and others. He has published more than 30 papers, articles and book chapters on games in the last 5 years. His creative work has been selected for showcase in more than seven countries and 12 states. Lindsay’s career includes teaching 81 courses over 10 years and more than 30+ presentations in Asia, the Americas and Europe. In 2013 his game, Wait, was selected for the 10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival’s Hall of Fame, as one of the 5 best games for social impact in the last decade. Lindsay has served industry as an independent consultant, web designer, software developer, entrepreneur, business analyst and writer. His work has been featured on PBS Media Shift, Al Jazeera English, Ozy, Kill Screen and more.
Professor, Michigan State University
Darcy Greene is a visual journalism professor at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. Along with her colleague, Cheryl Pell, she has been a co-advisor of the Edmund C. Arnold student chapter of SND since 1995. Her recent photographic project, “Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: a photographic contrast,” reflects her ongoing interest in using photography to consider what has changed and what has remained the same in people’s lives and environments over time. Darcy is very happy to share the speaker list with her past student Carrie Gee!
Director of Design, Gannett Digital
Corey is Director of Design at Gannett Digital. He leads the design of digital enterprise-wide products for all of Gannett’s 120+ publishing properties as well as VR, Interactives, and wearables. Corey believes that the best design is invisible and that communication and empathy are more important than Photoshop and Illustrator. He gets overly excited about process, infographics, scalable design, motorcycles, bicycles, guitars, really loud music and his four kids.
Deputy Design Director, The Washington Post
Brian Gross, who has been at the Post since 2010, works with a team of 25 designers who combined for 61 awards in last year’s SND contest. Previously, he had a seven-year run as sports designer at the Boston Globe that included two World Series titles, two Super Bowl wins and an NBA championship.
Emma Carew Grovum
Director for Digital Content Development, Foreign Policy
Emma Carew Grovum is a DC-based journalist with experience in data visualization, breaking news, audience engagement, and digital strategy. She’s currently the Director for Digital Content Development at Foreign Policy magazine, where she oversees editorial products, the website, social media strategy, newsletters and emerging platforms. She has previously held a range of newsroom jobs, including data journalist, homepage producer, social media editor, and local reporter. Emma has worked for Webbmedia Group, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cooking Club magazine, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She is the co-founder of Diversify.JournalismWith.Me, a project to identify journalists of color doing high level work in the digital space. Emma is an alumni of Spark Camp, the Chips Quinn Scholars, ThreeSixty Journalism, the University of Minnesota, and has previously spoken at conferences for the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation & Professor of Journalism
Mark Hansen is a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism. He also serves as the East-coast Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a joint enterprise between Stanford’s School of Engineering and Columbia’s J-School focusing on the interplay between technology and story.
Design Manager, USA TODAY
Tory Hargro is an award-winning experience designer who leads a talented group of designers and developers that make up USA TODAY’s “story engineering” team. The group is a part of USA TODAY’s network national news desk and is charged with creating engaging digital stories and applications for USA TODAY and more than 140 local news properties. The 2015 American University JoLT fellow and native Mississippian can usually be found grilling, or volunteering with teenagers and young adults in the Washington metro area.
Boris van Hoytema
Designer / Strategist / Human
With a background in design, Boris van Hoytema tumbled into broadcasting applying the design method to solving all sorts of problems, working multi-disciplinary across editorial, design, code and management. With an eagerness to solve small and big problems, Boris works for large international broadcasters like BBC News and small regional ones like the Dutch VPRO, large Silicon Valley tech companies and pioneering startups.
Senior Information Architect, Gannett Digital
Shayli Jimenez is responsible for designing desktop and mobile user experiences for Gannett’s 100+ publications and broadcast stations, including USA Today. She is also the lead UX researcher and the loudest user advocate amongst a sea of clients, journalists, product managers and developers. She has worked on long form, tag driven and virtual reality storytelling experiences, dynamic photo galleries and product redesigns, as well as tons of testing and audience insight projects. Aside from that, she enjoys all things Pinterest.
Indra Kupferschmid is a German typographer and teacher based in Bonn and Saarbrücken. After studying visual communication at the Bauhaus-University Weimar and with Fred Smeijers in the Netherlands, she founded her own studio mainly working in publication design; research projects on architecture and housing; typeface development for print, packaging, consumer-product interfaces and electronic devices.
Since 1997 she has been teaching typography and type design at several design schools, and since 2006, she has been a professor at HBKsaar, University of Fine Arts Saarbrücken, at the South-West German border to France. She’s a member of the DIN committees on legibility of typefaces and type classification, which has also been a long time research field of hers. For the rest of her life, she will be working on Type Record, an extensive database on fonts and related matters.
Her typographic reference book, Buchstaben kommen selten allein, published by Niggli, was awarded one of the best designed books in Germany. She is co-author of Helvetica forever, by Lars Müller Publishers, writes articles, contributes to websites such as Fonts In Use, Webtype and Typographica, takes part in juries, gives lectures regularly and presents other great minds at the annual TypoBerlin conference.
Kevin Larson is a scientist on Microsoft’s Advanced Reading Technologies team. He collaborates with type designers, reading psychologists, and engineers on improving the onscreen reading experience. Recently Kevin has been working on the legibility of individual letters, both studying how to design letters within a font, and working with models of human vision to optimize letter rendering. Kevin received his PhD for studies of reading acquisition.
Artist/Columnist, The Plain Dealer
Andrea Levy is an Emmy-winning, artist/columnist for the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. In August of 2013, the paper launched her often highly-controversial, full-broadsheet opinion page and blog, “Andrea Levy’s Opinion Art.” Her visual OPED portfolio from 2014, just earned the Society for News Design’s “Best in Show” honor at the annual competition, where she garnered three gold medals as well. Andrea has earned repeated recognition from the National Headliner Awards, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the National Press Photographers Association, among others.
Senior Interaction Designer, NPR
Wesley Lindamood is a senior interaction designer at NPR, and a documentary film and music obsessed dad. Drawing upon his background in visual design, journalism and front-end development, he helps build editorially-focused interactives and product-focused experiences for NPR.org. Prior to joining NPR, Wesley held lead design positions at USA Today, Congressional Quarterly and Chemical & Engineering News magazine.
Design Director, The Washington Post
Greg Manifold is the Design Director at The Washington Post where he leads a team responsible for the design of the newspaper as well as long-form digital projects. The team boldly approaches story telling while collaborating with a world-class team of reporters, editors, photographers, graphic artists and digital designers. Greg has been at The Post since 2005 and has also worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune and The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Professor, Northwestern University
Matt Mansfield is the Workshop Chair for SNDDC and a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s based in Washington. D.C. Matt was previously the Executive Editor, Digital at National Geographic, where he was responsible for the editorial experience on all digital platforms. Prior to that, Matt was an Associate Professor at Medill, where he was Washington Director and, before that, Co-Director. In another life, he was a Deputy Managing Editor of the San Jose Mercury News, which was judged a World’s Best-Designed™ newspaper and honored with more than 150 other awards in the Best of News Design during his tenure. While a professor, Matt has consulted on design and reporting projects for Bloomberg, The Washington Post, CQ/Roll Call, McClatchy, and Advance, among others. He has served as president of the Society for News Design, program co-chair for the Online News Association’s annual conference last fall, and is a co-organizer of the #ONADC meetups.
Managing Partner, Code and Theory
Michael is a Managing Partner at Code and Theory, one of the largest remaining independent digital creative agencies in the U.S. For the past five years, he’s been closely involved in some of the most innovative digital projects in publishing, with clients including Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, Hearst Magazines, Nautil.us, NBC, Mashable, The Verge, Vanity Fair France, and many others. Based in San Francisco, Michael works with a team of Digital Strategists, UX Designers, Visual Designers, and Creative Technologists to create effective and immersive digital products and brand experiences.
Senior UX Designer, Breaking News
Martin is a designer and writer. He’s been working on the web since the mid 90s. At Breaking News, he’s the primary designer working on all expressions of the product: web, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.
His writing includes some non-fiction (a brief column for Mcsweeney’s on the history of typography may be of interest for this audience), but his main interest is in writing novels. [His first, California Four O'Clock, is being released on Kickstarter.]
He lives in Seattle with his wife, an illustrator and designer, and their young son.
Digital Creative Director, National Geographic
Miranda Mulligan is a journalist, designer and digital strategist. She is a board member and co-founder of #SNDMakes — the Society’s prototyping design event about community, not competition. #SNDMakes is a 2.5-day facilitated, collaborative and curated design event that utilizes design-thinking principles to generate working prototypes. Past events have been held in Indianapolis and Boston. Now based in Washington D.C, Miranda is creative director with National Geographic Digital. In 2011, she led the responsive design approach to BostonGlobe.com.
Principal Consultant, Electronic Ink
Reggie Murphy, Ph.D., is Principal Consultant of Research and Strategy at Electronic Ink, where he pursues his passion to understand people’s desires and expectations to design more simple and engaging experiences for them. He is primarily responsible for leading teams in conducting research on business and user needs and applying those insights to Electronic Ink’s design and innovation process. Reggie is a fifteen-plus year consumer behavior and market research veteran, specializing in user experience, design research, human-centered design, ethnography, and quantitative research methods. Prior to joining Electronic Ink, Reggie led the corporate research teams for twelve years at Gannett Co. Inc. Reggie began his career with research and consulting firm, Frank N. Magid Associates.
Director of journalism, Knight Foundation
Shazna Nessa is director of journalism at Knight Foundation. She was a 2014 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where her work focused on visual literacy and data visualization, using human-centered approaches. Previously she was a deputy managing editor at the Associated Press in New York, leading innovation projects around data, interactivity, mobile and social media.
Shazna has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. As an adjunct professor at CUNY, she created and taught the school’s inaugural design course
Deputy Creative Director, NPR Digital Media Group
As Deputy Creative Director for NPR’s Digital Media Group, Dan works with a multifaceted team of interaction designers and visual product designers to create NPR-branded digital products and services. Prior to joining NPR in 2014, Dan led the Web & Mobile User Experience team at Wolfram, and has previously worked in design, digital marketing, and web production
Visual Producer/Editor, NPR
Claire O’Neill studied history and French, and has been a visual producer/editor at the NPR headquarters since 2009. She started on what was then the “multimedia” team, running a visual blog, reporting, and producing videos. She began collaborating with designer Wes Lindamood on web-native stories in 2012; they have both been working on the NPR Visuals team since its formation in 2013, and recently created a series called “Look At This.” NPR Visuals is a small team of designers, coders and photographers that builds apps and produces web docs like the Emmy-award winning “Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt.” O’Neill has also co-published a ridiculous food zine — and produces a joke podcast. She encourages you to tell her a joke.
Creative Technologist, NPR
Spear-heading NPR‘s efforts to re-imagine digital listening through mobile, Jeremy leads teams solving problems with creativity, technology, and collaboration. In a previous life, he worked as a journalist and an entrepreneur focusing on how the dynamics of the web changes both how people tell and consume stories online.
Presentation Director, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Josh Penrod is the Presentation Director, Digital and Print at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is an award-winning art director and cross-platform visual journalist with more than a decade of experience designing for print, web, tablet and mobile devices. Josh has worked in several newsrooms on both coasts, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and as Senior Art Director at Joe Zeff Design where he leaned on years as an editor and storyteller to help clients such as the NFL, National Geographic, Fast Company, Adobe, Notre Dame, JPMorgan Chase, Bulgari and others using smart design, tight narratives and deeply engaging interactive content.
General Manager, Gannett Local Digital Solutions Network
Kevin Poortinga is the General Manager of Gannett’s Local Digital Solutions Network, a (mostly) virtual team that resides squarely in the intersection of local media, technology and user experience for all of Gannett’s publishing properties. Before this, Kevin held several editorial, creative and digital leadership roles at Gannett Digital and in local markets including The Indianapolis Star and The Times of Northwest Indiana. He was awarded Gannett’s first “Innovator of the Year” award for the Indy product development team’s work on local niche sites.
Design and Journalism Consultant/Researcher
A design and journalism consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn is spending one year teaching at Ball State University. She is also an affiliate faculty member for The Poynter Institute where she taught full time for more than a decade. Before that, Sara spent nearly 20 years in newspaper newsrooms, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida and at her hometown paper, The Wichita Eagle in Kansas. She has a B.A. from Wichita State University and a master’s in illustration from Syracuse University. She is vice president for the Society for News Design. The large-scale research she has directed on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits has been presented in newsrooms and at universities around the world.
Type Director, Monotype
Information designer and datajournalist
Frédérik Ruys works at Nederland van Boven. He’s Director of Vizualism and co-founder of the Dutch Infographic Conferences. Guest-lecturer in visual storytelling. Provides training to news organizations and corporate communication officers. Helps government agencies and NGOs with visual storytelling to address complex issues to the public. But above all loves to learn every day new stuff.
Director of Digital Products, The Globe and Mail
Craig Saila specializes in online news media with a unique focus on creating engaging products and user experiences for content-rich sites. In the fall of 2010, he rejoined The Globe and Mail as Director of Digital Products, where he has overseen the development of its digital subscription efforts as well as the creation of its mobile app portfolio.
Prior to that, he lead the web design and development team for NBC News’ network of sites. During his time there, the team rebuilt the network’s story-telling platform and worked on some of Facebook and Twitter’s first media partnerships. He also launched the debut mobile apps for NBC News, the Today Show, Meet the Press, and the Rachel Maddow Show.
Partner, Commercial Type
Christian Schwartz is a partner, with London-based designer Paul Barnes, in the type foundry Commercial Type. Schwartz is also principal of Schwartzco Inc., a New York-based type design and consultation firm. Schwartz has published fonts with many respected independent foundries and designed proprietary typefaces for corporations and publications worldwide.
Schwartz and Barnes began an ongoing collaboration in 2005 with their extensive typeface system for The Guardian, which lead to honors from the Design Museum and D&AD. The two have completed custom typefaces for clients including Esquire, the Empire State Building, The New York Times, and Condé Nast’s business magazine Portfolio. Schwartz and Barnes have been named two of the 40 most influential designers under 40 by Wallpaper*, and Schwartz was included in Time’s 2007 “Design 100”. In 2007, Schwartz was awarded the prestigious Prix Charles Peignot, given every four or five years by the Association Typographique Internationale to a designer under 35 who has made “an outstanding contribution to the field of type design”.
Schwartz’s work has also been honored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York Type Director’s Club, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. For more information on his work outside Commercial Type, visit christianschwartz.com.
VP of product and executive editor, Quartz
Zach Seward is obsessed with new forms of storytelling, which is what keeps him occupied as VP of product and executive editor of Quartz. He leads a group of journalists with backgrounds in data wrangling, programming, and interaction design. He does not usually refer to himself in the third person. Zach previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the editor of outreach and social media. Before that, he helped launch the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, where he was an assistant editor and reported on the news industry. He also teaches digital journalism skills as an adjunct professor at NYU and previously taught at Columbia. Zach knew he wanted to be a journalist at age six but couldn’t have imagined, back then, what it would mean to be in this profession today. He is still, frankly, a little confused but happily so.
AME/Visuals, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Derek Simmons is the Assistant Managing Editor for Visuals at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. During his previous tenure at the Los Angeles Times, the paper was the overall winner every year at SND’s international competition, capturing more than 500 awards. Derek has helped lead award-winning print and digital redesigns at the Star Tribune and Los Angeles Times, where he has a combined 17 years of experience as a visual journalist. He has made contributions to other digital platforms as well, including mobile, apps and ebooks. He is a proud part owner of the Green Bay Packers (hey, one share counts!).
Lead Senior Designer, The Washington Post
Emmet Smith is the lead senior designer at The Washington Post, where he helps manage the Post’s top-flight design team. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, where he was a designer, editor and pop music critic. He has also done stints at the San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Free Press, The Indianapolis Star and The Virginian-Pilot. He is a graduate of Ball State University and was the Kendallville News-Sun Carrier of the Month in September of 1991.
Director of Photography, Sports Illustrated
Brad Smith has been in New York for most of the last 30+ years, all in some form of publishing. He is currently in his third term at Sports Illustrated. Previously, he was a photo editor before becoming the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated For Kids. He followed that with a move to the White House, serving as Assistant Director of Photography for President Bill Clinton. Then it was back to Sports Illustrated where he worked as DOP at Sports Illustrated Women. He left SI to become Photo Editor for Sports at The New York Times, where he worked for more than a decade. Brad has been back at Sports Illustrated as Director of Photography for its flagship for two years. Brad has attended nine Olympics, 19 Super Bowls, and more World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cups and Final Fours than he can count. He is on the faculty of the Summit Workshops, FotoFusion and the Eddie Adams Workshop (where he also serves on its Board of Directors). He is a guest lecturer with the Master’s Program at the School of Visual Arts and is a proud Florida Gator.
Mike Swartz is a partner at Upstatement, which he co-founded in 2008 after working in newspapers and magazines as a designer, art director and front-end developer. Upstatement is a Boston-based digital design studio that has worked with the Star Tribune, Boston Globe, ESPN, and others to build digital products and experiences. Upstatement’s work employs a blend of research-driven user experience design, good old-fashioned art direction and programming to build beautiful and useful interfaces for users, readers and content creators.
Designer, Vox Media
Yuri Victor is a designer at Vox Media. He spends most of his time in the Vox newsroom melding design, programming, and journalism to help journalists tell stories. He’s worked in almost every newsroom role (reporter, editor, page designer, photographer) and in multiple departments (editorial, IT, marketing, advertising) and even had a stint pushing 600 pound rolls of paper around the pressroom. He most recently worked at The Washington Post where he helped introduce a new CMS and worked on some cool projects: The Grid, Liveblog, Know More and Truth Teller. He also sometimes helps build stuff for ONA and SND and contributes to open source projects like WordPress.
Founder, Electric Ivy
Kris is the founder and ringleader at Electric Ivy, where they make films, products, content and events. She’s a creative director, filmmaker, editor/writer, product designer, illustrator, information architect and organization/process improver. Before that, she worked at some great places, including: National Geographic, Los Angeles Times and U-T San Diego. She has consulted and presented across the U.S., in Europe, South America and Asia. Kris splits her time between Los Angeles and San Diego — and is a past president of SND.
VP Design, BuzzFeed
Cap Watkins is a product designer living in Brooklyn, NY. He’s the VP of Design at BuzzFeed, as well as a blogger, conference speaker, podcast guest and lover of startups and technology. Cap believes in thoughtful, holistic design solutions that get out of the way and empower people to accomplish more. His past work includes Etsy, Zoosk, Formspring and hush-hush stuff at Amazon.
Designer, illustrator, printmaker, educator
Deb is a designer, illustrator, printmaker and educator inspired daily by what she sees and experiences. Deb is widely admired for the incredible storytelling sophistication she has brought to publications large and small, including several World’s Best-Designed Newspapers. She is also a past president of the Society and the recipient of SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. She lives and works in St. Davids, Pembrokeshire.
Interaction Designer, The Washington Post
Emily Yount is an interaction designer at The Washington Post where she works with teams across the newsroom to create engaging, digital story presentations. She has worked on topics ranging from drone crashes to asset forfeitures to the n-word’s place in American vernacular. Prior to joining the Post, Emily developed interactive graphics and managed digital innovation projects at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Emily earned a journalism and Spanish degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Global Head of Visuals, The Wall Street Journal
Jessica Yu is Global Head of Visuals and a Deputy Managing Editor for The Wall Street Journal. In her role, she heads up the graphics, photography, design and interactive teams, whose work spans print and digital. She has worked on everything from breaking news coverage, such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, to the design of features sections and apps. Previously, she was based in Hong Kong, running The Wall Street Journal’s Asia visuals team. Jessica is a graduate of Stanford University and enjoys employing journalistically unacceptable filters on photos from her own life on Instagram.
Assistant Managing Editor for Design, The Boston Globe
Dan Zedek is the assistant managing editor for design at The Boston Globe. He leads a team responsible for design and informational graphics for The Globe, Boston.com, and BostonGlobe.com. His work on the front page, Arts, Ideas, and other sections has been recognized by the Society for News Design and the Society of Publication Designers.