Rob Covey receives SND’s Lifetime Achievement award

Rob Covey was presented with SND’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th Annual workshop in San Francisco. Here are remarks of presenter David Kordalski.

Way back in the mid-80s, I was a budding designer with no training, no art director and little inspiration. I set about to understand the craft through some well-thumbed copies of early SND annuals and Design Magazines.

One paper consistently caught my attention: The Seattle Times. It caught the judges’ attention, too, as the Times was one of the most highly awarded papers of that era.

It was clear that the Times had developed the structure and mechanism to put visual journalists right in the middle of the newsroom mix. The result was a paper that guided readers through every page with clarity and concision.

I found a mentor in those annuals and articles, yet I’d never met him: Rob Covey.

Long before his work wove a spell on me and countless others, Rob had already cast his shadow on our industry as one of SND’s founders.

Leader. Coach. Talent scout. Innovator. Advocate.

And more than 30 years later, he’s still designing top-flight magazine and digital products.