When is Design Not Visual?

Answer: Design is never only visual. This conversation will inspire designers and non-designers alike, in an exploration of how design goes much deeper than aesthetics. Experienced designers think holistically and borrow from anthropology. They conduct interviews and listen, they create systems to solve problems, they create experiences, they make things that work.

Heather Chaplin

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.

Mark Hansen

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.

Shazna Nessa

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

Tyson Evans

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.