The Quartz Approach to Design

Writing a story is design. Making a chart is design. Sending an email is design. Running an ad is design. Learn about how Quartz tries to run a newsroom full of designers: the philosophy, practical challenges, and wild advantages of putting design at the core of everything we do.

Zach Seward

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.