Words to live by from Gannett’s Tim Frank

OK, folks: Today is arts-and-crafts day.

I have a little project for you. You’ll need:

  1. A printer (preferably a color printer)
  2. Some paper for that printer (of course) and…
  3. A roll of tape.

All set? Great.

Step one: Click on this blue box. Click on it again to make it as big as possible.


Step two: Print it out on your color printer. You might need to save the JPG file to your hard drive. If so, that’s OK.

(Or, better yet, just download a PDF version here.)

Step three: Use the roll of tape to post a copy of this in your cubicle. And in your newsroom. And in the rest rooms. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, outside your boss’s office.

And wherever else you feel it should be posted. Because this is the kind of thing we all need to be using for inspiration these days. The fact that we don’t do this, in fact, is one of the reasons our industry is in the mess it’s in.

This quote comes from a brief Q&A posted this morning at the Society for News Design web site. Tim Frank — longtime visuals leader, director of the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park and founder of NewsPageDesigner — will be a speaker at next month’s SND workshop in Louisville, Ky.


Q: What topic will you be speaking on at SND LOU?

A: Your best ideas only count if you can get them produced. I’ll be talking about how to sell your ideas. If you’re not scaring your boss, you aren’t trying hard enough.

If you couldn’t think of a reason for attending SND this year — well, there you go. You gotta hear Tim’s presentation. Period.

Extra brownie points to the enterprising young person who gives out buttons at the workshop next month with that quote on it.

Read more about SND/LOU — to be held Nov. 7-9 — here.

Society for News Design relaunches web site

The Society for News Design today relaunched its online presence.

If you’ve not seen it yet, here’s a preview:


Pretty snazzy. Featured stories appear at the top and stacked at the bottom. Across the middle are vignettes featuring members of the society. This is a very nice personal touch.

The redesign was led by Kyle Ellis, SND’s digital director and a designer for CNN.com in Atlanta.


A 2009 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., Kyle served as a designer, artist and occasional columnist for the Ball State Daily News. He served internships with the Courier and Press in Evansville, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the Star Press of Muncie. In 2010, he became a features designer for the New York Post. He moved to the Las Vegas Sun in 2011 and then to CNN in 2012. Find his print portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

The best thing about the redesign, though, is something the society’s not really talking much about today — perhaps it’s because SND.org actually kicked this off weeks ago. But the Society has upgraded the quality and frequency of its content, in part with the appointment of Katie Myrick of the Washington Post as news editor for the site.


A 2010 graduate of Indiana University, Katie served internships at the Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Republic and the St. Petersburg Times. In addition, she was a Poynter Fellow in 2009. Find her blog here and a 2009 video interview with her here. Find her Twitter feed here.

I hope you don’t see it as a slam on the society when I say SND.org has had issues over the years posting fresh content. It would sometimes go for weeks with nothing new. Every once in a while, the site would bust out with a flurry of posts, only to dim again after a while.

No longer, though. Among the things you’ll find at SND now are a series of posts by young people, documenting their internships. In particular, I’ve enjoyed reading Chelsea Kardokus‘ series of Chelsea abd the City posts, in which she documents her career as a young designer in New York.


That’s just the kind of thing that the newer generation of visual journalists are hungry for. It’s very smart of the Society to pursue those eyeballs.

As I was pulling together this blog post, the Society posted its big news item for today: A fabulous piece on visual plagiarism by Paul Wallen of the Tampa Bay Times.


I don’t think he’ll like me saying this, but Paul’s a guy who seems to get ripped off a lot. But yeah, that makes him the perfect choice to write the piece.

Find SND.org here. Find the Society’s twitter feed here.

Here’s the press release the Society sent out today:

Contact: Kyle Ellis
Digital Director, Society For News Design


September 9, 2013 — The Society for News Design (SND) has launched a comprehensive redesign of snd.org featuring new content, improved usability and an adaptive experience to better serve visual journalists.

“SND’s main theme in 2013 is outreach, and we do that best when we are communicating effectively with our members and the international visual journalism community as a whole,” said SND President Rob Schneider. “This redesign greatly improves our ability to do that.”

User feedback drove the effort, with SND members asking for more editorial content, a mobile-friendly design, a new jobs board and more intuitive navigation, said Kyle Ellis, SND’s Digital Director, who led the redesign.

“Long before the design process began, my first priority was to understand both the current needs of our membership and the aspirational goals of our organization. My hope is to have delivered an experience that reflects that,” said Ellis.

Making content more accessible and navigable were the top considerations in the design process, Ellis said. The new SND.org is an adaptive experience, enabling members to use the site on any device with a web browser. Content recirculation, improved search functionality, reorganized navigation and social media integration are among the key usability enhancements aimed to keep the site relevant and useful as technology evolves.

New content features include member profiles, a data visualization of the active membership, regular analysis of design trends and more interactive and multimedia stories, are aimed at increasing member engagement.

The visual design system boasts Cloud Typography by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, as well as a warm, rich color palette that reinforces the Society For News Design brand.

The new snd.org helps visual journalists lead in a rapidly changing industry and positions SND to be more responsive to members’ needs and priorities, Schneider said. “The improved content and functionality of snd.org helps us fill a void by being the visual voice of reason in an increasingly chaotic environment,” he said.

About the Society For News Design
Founded in 1979, the Society For News Design is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators — specifically those who create digital and print publications or products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, teach, make photos and video, visualize data and write code.

Use your day off this weekend to register for SND/Louisville

Are you planning to go to this year’s SND annual workshop, Nov. 7-9 in Louisville, Ky.?

Are you hoping to go to this year’s SND annual workshop, Nov. 7-9 in Louisville, Ky.?


Here’s a heads up for you: The price increases on Tuesday. So now is a great, great time to register.

  • The price is $345 if you’re an SND membrer and $445 if you’re not. It’s only $220 if you’re a student or professor. Go here to register.
  • Rooms are still available for $125 a night — pretty cheap, compared to prices at some of the other workshops over the past decade or so. Reserve a room here.
  • The list of speakers is very impressive: Steve Duenes, graphics director of the New York Times. Michael Whitley, assistant managing editor of the Los Angeles Times. Joey Marburger, mobile design director of the Washington Post. Tim Frank, director of the Gannett Design Studio at Asbury Park and founder of NewsPageDesigner. Alberto Cairo, professor at the University of Miami and author of the Functional Art. Folks from the Boston Globe will talk about coverage of the marathon bombings. Folks from the Onion will talk about… well, whatever.

And that’s just a start. the folks at SNDLOU are saying they have even more amazing announcements coming up this week.

Sounds like this year’s workshop is a must-see. If any of this interests you at all, you might want to sign up now and save a few bucks.

Find the SNDLOU web site here. Find the workshop’s Twitter feed here.

The Twitter hashtag for this year’s workshop: #sndlou

In just three weeks: The OC Register’s ‘graphics garage’

Don’t forget: Three weeks from this Saturday, my newspaper — the Orange County Register — will host a one-day learning opportunity for the entire community: The “graphics garage.”


It’s much like an old Society for News Design quickcourse, but with an exception: It’s not limited to visual journalists. The entire community has been invited in to hear lectures and participate in hands-on sessions on a variety of design topics.

The cost is $75 per person. The speakers include:

  • Rob Curley on web design
  • Jeff Goertzen on illustration and on photoshop
  • Sharon Henry on visual thinking
  • David Medzerian on print design
  • Kari René Hall on the anatomy of a photo shoot
  • Reggie Estrella and Tom Halligan on ad design
  • Catherine Long and Tom Halligan on responsive ad design
  • Me on social networking and on charting

The day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the offices of the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif.


Go here to find a detailed schedule, description of the sessions, biographies of the instructors and a map of how to get here.

Go here to register.

The event hashtag will be #ocgarage

Society for News Design seeks award book cover designs

Last year, Hugo Sanchez of the Gulf News in Dubai designed the cover of the Society for News Design’s annual Best of News Design book.


The problem with an annual book, however, is that you publish one every year. Funny how that works.

Which means the society is eager to find a cover for this year’s book.

This year’s contest is the society’s seventh writes vice president David Kordalski:

Submit your cover design by March 22. We’ll post all the entrants… and give you a chance to vote on your favorite. The winning design will be the cover of the 34th edition of The Best of News Design™ book, showcasing winners from the year 2012.

Find all the rules and criteria here.

See last year’s eight finalists here.

Black Friday sale on SND workshop registration

The Society for News Design continues its annual Black Friday sale on registration fees for this year’s workshop, to be held next Nov. 7-9 in Louisville, Ky.

Here’s what they’re offering…

1) $100 off the registration price, meaning the price — for now — is $295 for members and $200 for students and educators.

2) The first 50 people to register will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad mini. As executive director Stephen Komives writes:

This could save you a long wait in the mammoth Apple Store line, and the mockery of Samsung Galaxy commercial writers.

3) First-time attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a free night’s hotel stay in Louisville during the workshop.

Read more about SND’s Black Friday sale here. Find the SND/Louisville web site here. Find the SND Louisville Twitter feed here.

SND Cleveland: About that amazing presentation by Amy Webb…

It sure was interesting following along with this year’s Society for News Design conference via Twitter today. Seems like each speaker had wonderful points to make and wonderful insights to share on the ever-changing field of news presentation.

What really sent everyone into overdrive this afternoon, however, was the closing keynote address by Amy Webb, founder of the Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy and training consultancy based in Baltimore.

Oh, PLEASE tell me this presentation wasn’t as

sparsely attended as this picture suggests.

Photo by Satoshi Toyoshima.

No one had to tweet Amy talking points. She tweeted her own speech as she went along.

Tory Hargro of USA Today explained:

I had never heard of this. I use Powerpoint, myself. Bu, wow. This is impressive.

Here’s the text from the page Tory cited:

This simple piece provides the capacity for speaker or presenter to to participate in the backchannel of a talk or conference session by integrating live ‘tweets’ into an Apple Keynote presentation. Simply add text inside the tags [twitter] and [/twitter] in the presenter notes section of a slide and when that slide comes up in the presentation the script will grab that text and send it to Twitter on your behalf.

Here are the details:

The software works with Keynote (on a Mac) but not with Powerpoint. It’s written in Applescript so it’s easy to customize — it’s compiled as a ‘stay open’ application but you can open it in Script Editor to modify as you wish. Out of the box it will ask you if you want to add any #hashtags or @mentions to all the tweets (e.g. for a conference #hashtag), and will watch your presenter notes for tweettweet this[/tweet] while in presentation mode only.

The catch, if you want to call it that: You have to be logged into Twitter via your keychain. This might be an issue for folks who use third-party Twitter substitutes. But one that’s easily solved.

And that was just the presentation of Amy’s presentation. The content of her presentation was pretty amazing as well.

(The following tweets, in fact, went out during her presentation on her own Twitter feed. I’m not necessarily showing them here in the correct order, however.)

Amy started out with statements aimed at getting the attention of the SND crowd.

And, of course, she’s spot-on. And boy, I’ll bet this sound byte ruffled a few feathers today.

She dove into the basic format of news web pages. Which are archaic at best. Unusable at worst.

Folks in the audience began to shift nervously in their seats.

The foot/mouth reference is to a plea Billy Kulpa of Lee Enterprises had just made for more folks to come into the session.

In fact, Amy picked on a number of news outlets, including CNN and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The latter reference was particularly interesting: She pulled up crime data from the paper’s web site and then from the city of Milwaukee Police Department web site. The MPD kicked the paper’s ass.

Ouch. But point made. In spectacular fashion.

Here’s another sound byte that nearly made me stand up — here at home in Virginia Beach — and applaud.

I use newspaper web site search engines all the time. I’m amazed at how poorly they work. As a test once, I ran a search for the lead story on the home page. The search engine couldn’t find it.

Amy didn’t just speak in general terms. She gave specifics.

Just amazing stuff. I really wish I could have been there for this. This sounds like just the kind of session we all need to give us a swift kick in the ass.

Amy also inserted little nuggets that seem to run counter to what some of us preach about “content-driven design.”

Naturally, I’d argue that the design of a web site — just like the design of a printed page — must support or accentuate that content. If it doesn’t, then it’s bad design.

And Amy’s correct here. What we’re doing with most of our news sites is taking content from one platform — print — and pouring it into a second platform — online — where the fit isn’t necessarily a good one.

Go back to the egg. Disrupt the packaging. Rather than let the content drive the design, perhaps we should change the way we deal with the content. The way we write it, the way we edit it, the way we put it out there for our readers.

Kind of like Mario Garcia‘s old WED philosophy — writing, editing and design — but updated.

Not updated…. constantly evolving.

Yeah. I’m liking this presentation. And then there was this shocker:

Stunning stuff. I’m hungry for more. And really, really ill I couldn’t be there this week.

In addition, Amy has a book coming out in January, in time for Valentine’s Day. She tweets:

Here’s the blurb from Amazon. Which sounds fascinating:

After yet another online dating disaster, Amy Webb was about to cancel her JDate membership when an epiphany struck: It wasn’t that her standards were too high, as women are often told, but that she wasn’t evaluating the right data in suitors’ profiles. That night Webb, an award-winning journalist and digital-strategy expert, made a detailed, exhaustive list of what she did and didn’t want in a mate. The result: seventy-two requirements ranging from the expected (smart, funny) to the super-specific (likes selected musicals: Chess, Les Misérables. Not Cats. Must not like Cats!).

Next she turned to her own profile. In order to craft the most compelling online presentation, she needed to assess the competition—so she signed on to JDate again, this time as a man. Using the same gift for data strategy that made her company the top in its field, she found the key words that were digital man magnets, analyzed photos, and studied the timing of women’s messages, then adjusted her (female) profile to make the most of that intel.

Then began the deluge—dozens of men wanted to meet her, men who actually met her requirements. Among them: her future husband, now the father of her child.

Forty million people date online each year. Most don’t find true love. Thanks to Data, a Love Story, their odds just got a whole lot better.

The book hits shelves on Jan. 31. Preorder a hard copy from Amazon for $15.18. Find the book’s web site here and its Twitter feed here.

Find Amy’s Webbmedia web site here and her Twitter feed here.

For more on Amy…

Previous blog posts about SND Cleveland:

And a couple more sites to keep handy:

Good morning: Your guide to Day Two at SND Cleveland

From what we’re seeing on Twitter, you guys got very little sleep last night. All that partying and drinking and carrying on.

You should be ashamed of yourselves. For making me so incredibly jealous that I’m not there.

The quote of the evening, from Melissa Angle of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:



Looks like today will be quite a bit warmer than Friday. But there’s also still a fairly large chance or rain.

From the Weather Underground:

If it’s raining this morning, you can always take a shuttle bus to One Cleveland Place. David Kordalski told us last week:

There will be trolleys running back and forth [between the venue and the hotel] one hour before and after the workshop.



Back on Tuesday, Plain Dealer designer Emmet Smith tweeted:

And, sure enough, Phoenix received great reviews Friday. They’ll be open at 7 a.m. again today. So stop by for a cuppa.

Find Phoenix’ web site here and its Twitter feed here.

Photo by Amy King

However, Phoenix is not open Sunday. So be advised.

If you’re staying in the Hyatt Regency, there’s a shop there that supposedly serves Starbucks as well as bagels and baked goods. The place is called the 1890 Coffee Bar and it’s on the street level at Superior Avenue. It opens at 6:30 a.m.

In addition, free coffee — sponsored today by CCI Europe — will be served in the meeting venue itself this morning.



Coffee, sponsored by CCI. Hmm. Does that mean the machine will suddenly and mysteriously go down for hours this morning and then the rest of the day’s sessions will miss their deadlines?

Just wondering…



My old boss, Denis Finley — the editor of the Virginian-Pilot. He’s speaking this morning at 10:30 in the St. Clair room.

Denis is unusual in that he started out as a pastry chef. I kid you not.

A 1975 honors graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, Denis decided to study photojournalism, so he enrolled in the j-school at the University in Missouri.

He earned his master’s degree in 1987 and joined the Pilot that year as a photographer. Over the years, he worked his way up to photo editor, features editor and news editor before becoming deputy managing editor for presentation in 1999. He was the Pilot’s managing editor when he brought me in to run his graphics operation in 2003. He was promoted to editor in 2005.

Denis believes in taking chances. Denis believes in creating an environment in which creative people can experiment. Denis believes that, when things go wrong, you don’t necessarily yell at people. Because things will go wrong from time to time. That’s part of taking chances. If something can’t go wrong, then it wasn’t really a chance, then, was it?




If you’ve ever wondered how it happens that the Pilot does all the cool things it does, then don’t miss Denis’ session.

Because he’s moved so far up the ladder out of visuals, Denis doesn’t get a chance to mingle with SND folks any more. So please attend his session. Take his picture. Treat him like the rock star that he truly is.

But consider this: As a native of Philadelphia, Denis is an avid Eagles fan. Which, I suppose, proves that nobody’s perfect.

Find his Twitter feed here.



In case you missed it, there was a wedding in the hotel last night. Gordon Murray of U-T San Diego tweeted:

And an hour or so later, Frank Mina of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted:

And then, a couple of hours after that, Gordon tweeted again:

That happened to me earlier this year when I was speaking in Tulsa. There’s only one thing you can do, really: Crash the reception for free drinks. And then line up to kiss the bride.

Hmm. I’ll add that to my list for next year’s pre-workshop tips.



As sessions begin today and the hustle and bustle ramps up to lightspeed, please take a moment to remember the annual silent auction, which benefits the Society’s Foundation.

Photo by Satoshi Toyoshima

It’s this wing of SND that pays to bring in some of the talented youngsters you’ve seen running around.

Steve Dorsey took a spin around the auction tables Friday, which are located in the Chester room. Among some of the interesting items there: A Cleveland Indians jersey signed by South Korean phenom pitcher Shin-Soo Choo


…and a poster signed by the creators of Good Fucking Design Advice. Who, of course, were presenters on Friday. Note that the item there on the table is an IOU. The actual poster will be shipped to the winner.

Not everything on auction is an autographed item. This here is a genuine copy of the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine. From November of 1967.

Photos by Steve Dorsey

Back when Rolling Stone was less of a magazine and more of a tabloid newspaper. And with John Lennon on the cover. Wow. Talk about a collector’s item.

The auction ends today at 1:30 p.m. today. So get in there and bid on something.

Again, that’s in the Chester room. It’s right next to the Marshall Matt Dillon room.



It’s hard to believe, I know. But there are organizations out there looking to hire.

In addition to the recruiting booths set up there in Cleveland…

Photo by Satoshi Toyoshima

…and in addition to the papers I mentioned Friday, we’ve seen tweets from Frank Mina of the San Francisco Chronicle

Tory Hargro and Chuck Rose of USA Today

Jason Chiu of the Toronto Globe and Mail

…and my old boss Denis Finley of the Virginian-Pilot.

They’re there in Cleveland Saturday. Chase ’em down and put a resume in their hands.



In order to help twitter users narrow down what they’re quoting — and to make those tweets easier to follow — the folks there at #sndcle came up with specific hashtags for you to use in various sessions.

The specialty tags for today’s sessions…

9 a.m. Keynote: Best of Show

Jim Brady, Digital First Media



10:30 a.m. Breakout sessions

Zach Wise, Northwestern University

“The State of Storytelling in the Age of Interactivity”



Martin Jönsson and Jessika Olofsson, Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm, Sweeden

“Behind the Scenes: The First Best of Show Award in 10 years”

Erie Room


Denis Finley, the Virginian-Pilot

“Point Your Compass North”

St. Clair Room


Tracy Collins, Gannett Design Studio, Phoenix

“The Mayans Have it Wrong: This Thing Ain’t Over Yet”

9th/12th Street Room


1 p.m. Breakout sessions

Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers, the Heads of State illustration

“The Heads of State”



Nathan Estep and Jonathon Berlin, Chicago Tribune

“Centralized Design: An SND Special Report”

Erie Room


Steve Cavendish, Nashville City Paper

“Laid Off: How Getting the Boot Forced Me into the Best Job I’ve Ever Had (and How Being a Visual Journalist Made Me Ready for It)”

St. Clair Room


Lauren Dreier and Paley Dreier, Font Bureau and Webtype

“Publish Once, Brand Everywhere: 
Developing Tools for Responsive Design”

9th/12th Street Room


2 p.m. Keynote: President’s Awards

Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group



Previous blog posts about SND Cleveland:

And a couple more sites to keep handy:

If you liked Mario Garcia’s presentation, you’re gonna love this

Mario Garcia — by far the most famous news design consultant on the planet — just finished his presentation on iPad design at the Society for News Design workshop in Cleveland.

I’m sure he mentioned it, but he has a new book out on iPad design: The iPad Design Lab.

Here’s a trailer for the book:

You can buy it from iTunes, of course ($9.99). Or you can get the Kindle version from Amazon (currently $7.19).

I don’t have it myself just yet. But then again, I don’t have an iPad, either. That’ll have to wait until I’m working more regularly.

Originally from Cuba, Mario Garcia worked as a child actor before he moved to Florida after the Castro revolution. Mario obtained a PhD from the University of Miami in 1976 and moved to Syracuse University the year after, where he took over as head of the school of graphic artist from Ed Arnold. He moved to the University of South Florida in 1985 and was affiliated with the Poynter Institute. Through his firm, Garcia Media, he has redesigned more than 450 newspapers over the past 30 years. He’s also published a number of non-electronic books. His most recent, Pure Design, was published in 2002.

Find Mario’s blog here and his Twitter feed here.

Previous blog posts about SND Cleveland:

And a couple more sites to keep handy:

Afternoon notes from SND Cleveland

A few stray notes from the Society for News Design conference today and Saturday in Cleveland…



Not only are the tweets flying fast and furious today — search for #sndcle — but also, your hosts have set the student bloggers up with an easy-to-use Tumblr via which to report goings-on there this week.

You can find that here.

Perhaps the coolest thing I saw come across the interwebs: This picture of UNC’s Terence Oliver, giving his morning breakout presentation. Dressed as Superman.

Photo by Michael Tribble, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Not bad. Perhaps all speakers should dress up. I’d love to see pictures from an all-zombie SND workshop.

And while some folks are taking notes and some folks are tweeting, a few others are creating memories in their own special way. Like Allie Ghaman of the Washington Post, who zipped out this quick sketch of herself plus CNN’s Kyle Ellis during a session this afternoon.

Very cute. Next time I have a freelance budget, a need for whimsical spot illustrations and no time at all in my schedule, I know who I’m calling.



Advance Publications’ Scott Goldman, quoting famed consultant Mario Garcia‘s iPad presentation this afternoon:

Here, here.

A close second for quote of the day is this one — also from Mario’s session — tweeted by Luis Rendon of the Victoria Advocate:

But mostly because it’d be so fun to take it out of context.



The food trucks that swooped in to serve hungry SND workshop attendees worked out pretty well, by all accounts.

Photo by Stephanie Meredith of the Ball State Daily News

Equally satisfied were folks who walked over to Happy Dogs. This, for example, is the Plain Dealer‘s Chris Morris.

Photo by Denise Reagan, Folio Weekly, Jacksonville, Fla.

The Happy Dog is not exactly within walking distance of One Cleveland Center. But if you have wheels, those gigantic egg-topped hot dogs sure look interesting.

Hopefully, lunch Saturday — a non-working day there in the central business district of Cleveland — will go just as smoothly.



Billy Kulpa — who left the newspaper business a while back and then re-entered but neglected to tell anyone he re-entered a few weeks ago as deputy design director of Lee Enterprises’ editing and design hub in Munster, Ind. — tweets about yet another suggestion for tonight’s free evening:

Billy is referring to the Horseshoe Casino, about two blocks west of the hotel near that old building that looks like a rocket ship. Find the Horseshoe’s web site here.

There are a number of special deals in play over there. You can win a 2012 Aston Martin or club level football tickets. Although, the way the Browns are playing, I’m not so sure that last one is a prize.

Billy adds:

Consider it done, my friend. Just don’t drunk call me late tonight. I’m not sending you cab fare home via PayPal.



…About going out tonight for dinner along East 4th Street.

One of the places recommended there was Lola, which is operated by Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Photographer Amy Fine tells us:

My husband and I ate at Lola last week. You will not be disappointed.

But then adds:

Bring your savings account.

So be advised.

Previous blog posts about SND Cleveland:

And a couple more sites to keep handy:

Good morning to all the folks attending SND/Cleveland

Looks like y’all had a great time last night at the opening reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Photo by David Kordalski

Today, the annual Society for Design Workshop kicks off in earnest.

Here are a few tips to start out your day…



As you’ve noticed, it’s a bit colder there in Cleveland than had been forecast earlier this week. Make sure you take a jacket.

Keep an eye on the Cleveland weather via the Weather Underground.



It’s only a three-and-a-half block walk. A piece of cake.

View From the hotel to the venue in a larger map

In case it’s bit too chilly for you, however, David Kordalski tells us:

There will be trolleys running back and forth one hour before and after the workshop.



So don’t bother going arriving at One Cleveland Center much earlier than that.

Photo by Satoshi Toyoshima

The days’ first session — a keynote speech by Marisa Gallagher, executive creative director of CNN Digital — will begin at 9 a.m. in the large auditorium.

Gallagher will be done by 10:20. At 10:30 a.m., the day’s first breakout sessions begin.



You have a number of options. Here are three of them…

1. If you’re staying in the Hyatt Regency, there’s a shop there that supposedly serves Starbucks as well as bagels and baked goods. The place is called the 1890 Coffee Bar, it opens at 6:30 a.m. and it’s on the street level at Superior Avenue. Best I can figure, that’s not too far from where you’ll exit the hotel this morning.

2. Plain Dealer designer Emmet Smith tweeted back on Tuesday:

Find Phoenix’ web site here and its Twitter feed here.

3. In addition, free coffee — sponsored by type foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones — will be served in the meeting venue itself this morning.



Infographics guru Albero Cairo of the University of Miami tweeted late last night:

He had been scheduled to speak this afternoon at 4:35 p.m. in the St. Claire Room.



Staying plugged in didn’t seem like much of a problem for most attendees of Thursday’s two pre-workshop sessions. The wifi there in One Cleveland Center is free. Folks were tweeting like crazy.

The hashtag to use, again: #sndcle



Speaking of tweeting…

In order to help your tweeps narrow down quotes from their favorite speakers, the folks there at #sndcle have come up with specific hashtags for you to use in various sessions.

Here are today’s specialty tags:

9 a.m. Keynote: World’s Best-Designed

Marisa Gallagher, CNN Digital



10:30 a.m. Breakout sessions

Brian Buirge and Jason Bacher

Some Good Fucking Design Advice”



Paul Bolls, University of Missouri

“Concepts That Will Help Ensure Your Work is Understood and Remembered”

Erie Room


Terence Oliver, University of North Carolina

“Motion Graphics: The New Weapons of Visual Journalism”

St. Clair Room


Deborah Withey, Cheese + Pickles Studio

“Finding Your Creative Path”

9th/12th Street Room


11:35 a.m. Breakout sessions

Lucie Lacava, Lacava Design

“Find Inspiration in Print and Beyond”



Vanessa Wyse, Toronto Grid

“Wait. Is it Possible to Create Something New? In Print? In 2012?”

Erie Room


Svenåke Boström, Boström Design & Development

“What Would a Printed Paper Look Like if Teenagers Made the Editorial Decisions?”

St. Clair Room


2 p.m. Keynote: Student Designer of the Year

Michael Griffith, Bottle Rocket Apps



3:30 p.m. Breakout sessions

Chris Courtney, Chicago Tribune

“The Path to Code”



Karl Gude, Michigan State University

“Free is Gude!”

Erie Room


Julie Elman, Ohio University

“Step. Away. From. The. Mouse. Put. Down. That. Smartphone.”

9th/12th Street Room


Panel discussion: “Why the Competitions Matter: Observations, Lessons and Trends from SND 33”, with Michael Whitley (L.A. Times), Rob Schneider (Dallas Morning News), Steve Cavendish (Nashville City Paper) and Katherine Myrick (Washington Post), moderated by Josh Crutchmer (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

St. Clair Room


4:35 p.m. Breakout sessions

Mario Garcia, Garcia Media

“iPad Design Lab: Storytelling in the Age of the Tablet”



Vince Chiaramonte, Buffalo News

“From Mad Men to the Newsroom”

Erie Room


5:40 p.m. Breakout sessions

Michael Whitley, Los Angeles Times

“Not an eBook or Tablet App Expert? Neither Are We.”



Suzette Moyer, Tampa Bay Times

“How to … Be a Great Visual Journalist/Boss/Artist/Person/Doodler/Thinker/Etc.”

Erie Room


Greg Manifold, Sarah Sampsel and Karen Yourish, Washington Post

Covering the Campaign: United We Stand”

St. Clair Room


Dave Wilson, ESPN

“An Idiot’s Guide to Keeping Your Career Alive”

9th/12th Street Room

In fact, Dave doesn’t appear to have been assigned a hashtag. Hmm. Let’s assume that’s an oversight and that the hashtag is, in fact, #clewilson



You have a number of options.

1. On the far side of the skyscraper you’re in — One Cleveland Center — is the Galleria…

…which contains a food court. There, you’ll find a number of fast-food joints:

  • Asian Kitchen
  • Great Steak and Potato Co.
  • Mirna’s Cuisine Pizza
  • Mixed Greens Salad Bar
  • Quizno’s
  • Sakkio Japan
  • Stone Oven Bakery & Cafe
  • Taco Amigo
  • Pickles

2. If you’re looking for something just a bit more upscale, David Kordalski tells us:

We have arranged for some discounts at area restaurants to anyone who shows their SND badge, including Cafe Sausalito in the Galleria.

If you decide to forage, make sure you take your SND badge with you. Area restaurants that display this sticker on the door or window…

… are offering discounts for customers who have their SND credentials on them. Read more about this deal here.

3. Also, David tells us there will be “a large number” of food trucks nearby, just for SND folks. Keep on the lookout for them.

Whatever you do, don’t dally. The afternoon keynote address begins at 2 p.m. You won’t want to miss that.



Among folks who tweeted Thursday to request meetings and resume drops were Greg Manifold of the Washington Post

John Duchneskie of the Philadelphia Inquirer

John Silver of the Chicago Sun-Times

…and the Boston Globe, which is on the hunt to fill an infographics slot…

…as well as two student internships.

I’m happy to dish out more plugs, if it’ll help put someone into a job. Send me your request.



You’ll be done for the day by 6:30 p.m. There are no official receptions or parties scheduled. So you’ll be on your own.

East 4th Street — right behind the hotel — is looking mighty inviting. In fact, here’s a picture of East 4th, tweeted yesterday from his hotel room by University of North Carolina student journalist Kevin Uhrmacher:

The other day, David Kordalski told us this area is…

…home to some of the Midwest’s finest restaurants. Don’t take our word for it, though… Bon Appetit named one of East 4th’s best, the Greenhouse Tavern, a Top Ten Best New Restaurant in 2009, and Iron Chef Michael Symon‘s marquee restaurant, Lola, is right down the street.

Ryan Sparrow, a professor at Ball State University, tweeted last night:

I suspect he was referring to Flannery’s Pub at 323 East Prospect. Which is basically a block down that cool 4th Street corridor and then around the corner to the right.

Or, maybe, he wasn’t referring to Flannery’s. Steve Dorsey tweeted a reply in the wee hours of this morning:

So 4th street. Flannery’s or wings at the Greenhouse. Or something else, even. You have plenty of choices.

Previous blog posts about SND Cleveland:

And a couple more sites to keep handy:

Next month: An SND news design conference in Beirut, Lebanon

The annual Society for News Design workshop officially kicked off this morning in Cleveland, Ohio, with two “pre-sessions”: One aimed at college students and the other aimed at teaching the basics of iPad design.

In exactly 28 days, however, another very important SND session will begin: The society’s first-ever Middle East news design conference in Beirut, Lebanon.

The two-day conference will be hosted Nov. 8 and 9 by Lebanon’s leading daily newspaper, An-Nahar. The focus, SND says, will be on design and redesign, infographics and electronic platforms — especially the tablet. Among the speakers: The Guardian‘s Alastair Dant, Adonis Durado of the Times of Oman and famed design consultant Mario Garcia.

Another of the speakers — SND president Jonathon Berlin — is quoted in the conference’s official press release as saying:

SND is truly honored to team with An Nahar on the first news design conference in the Middle East in Beirut this fall. Talking with designers, and teaching about designing the news has been part of SND for nearly 35 years and we’ve played host to this discussion all around the world, from China to Chile. This has been a very important discussion for media companies of all shapes and sizes as technologies, the economy and the newsroom have changed.

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A look at some of the speakers:

A 1998 graduate of the University of London, Alastair Dant worked as a systems developer or managers for a number of companies — everything from biomedical firms to a popular flash game publisher. He joined the Guardian in 2009 as lead interactive technologist. Find links to some of his work here, his personal web site here and his Twitter feed here. Alastair will be the keynote speaker in Beirut.

A 2001 graduate of the University of San Carlos in the Philippines, Adonis Durado worked as a designer, art director, and creative director for a number of magazines and advertising agencies before serving as the consultant for a major redesign of the Cebu Daily News in 2004 and 2005. From there, he became design editor of a free weekly tabloid published by the Gulf News of Abu Dhabi and then news presentation director of Emirates Business 24-7. He spent two years as group creative director of Instore and Indesign magazines in Bangkok, Thailand, before moving to the Times of Oman — and its sister publication, Al Shabiba — in 2010. I’ve written many times about the work Adonis and his team does, most notably here, here and here. Find his Twitter feed here.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Illinois, Jonathon Berlin began his career at the Times of Munster, Indiana. He became assistant design director of the Rocky Mountain News of Denver in 2001 and then joined the San Jose Mercury News in 2005 as a senior editor for design and graphics. He moved to the Chicago Tribune in 2007 as design director and then into his current position and design and graphics editor in 2009. In addition to being SND president this year, he was longtime editor of SND’s Design magazine. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here.

Originally from Cuba, Mario Garcia worked as a child actor before he moved to Florida after the Castro revolution. Mario obtained a PhD from the University of Miami in 1976 and moved to Syracuse University the year after, where he took over as head of the school of graphic artist from Ed Arnold. He moved to the University of South Florida in 1985 and was affiliated with the Poynter Institute. Through his firm, Garcia Media, he has redesigned more than 450 newspapers over the past 30 years. He’s also published a number of books. His most recent print book, Pure Design, was published in 2002. Just last month, he published a book on designing for the iPad. Naturally, it’s available only on iBooks 2. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here.

Among the other speakers:

  • Osama Aljawish, Al Shabiba and Times of Oman
  • Mohammed Almezel, managing editor, Gulf News
  • Tarek Atrissi, Tarek Atrissi Design, the Netherlands
  • Luis Chumpitaz, Dubai Media Incorporate, UAE
  • Alastair Dant, lead interactive technologist, the Guardian
  • Ziad Kassis, art director, An Nahar Newspaper
  • Douglas Okasaki, senior designer, Gulf News, and SND’s regional director for Middle East and Africa
  • Rana Abou Rjeily, independent designer

The event will be held in both English and Arabic, SND says.

The host paper — An-Nahar — circulates about 30,000 copies daily. The paper’s headquarters are located on Martyr’s Square, near the waterfront (zoom waaaay in on that map above, if you’re curious).

An-Nahar was redesigned recently by Mario’s consultancy. This was Wednesday’s front page:

If you have questions, contact Douglas Okasaki — SND’s regional director for that part of the world — here:

dokasaki [at] gulfnews.com

Clever networking: These folks ‘get it’

Did you see that thing I wrote the other day, urging — everyone, really, but especially young visual journalists — to get business cards made up for this week’s Society for News Design workshop in Cleveland?

This guy was already set. Not only does he have business cards, but they’re funny business cards. I doubt anyone he meets will forget him.

The guy behind these: Tony Lee, a grad student at St. Bonaventure in New York and a correspondent for USA Today College. Not surprisingly, Tony is especially into marketing. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

And, y’know: Call him, maybe.

And then — on the opposite end of the spectrum — we find these business cards:

Genius. Just genius. Obviously, those are from Amy King of the Gannett Design Studio in Phoenix. She was the design brain behind that cool paper cutout-looking headline the Republic ran on page one a couple of Sundays ago. Find her blog here and her portfolio here.

Both of these folks “get it.” Most definitely.

I found both of these sets of business cards simply by scrolling through the Storify David Kordalski set up yesterday to collect posts and tweets about SND Cleveland. Which started this morning with sessions for college students and for designing on the iPad.

Find that Storify here.

And again: The hashtag to follow is: #sndcle

SND/Cleveland: More lunch options

Surely you saw my epic post yesterday telling you everything you need to know for this week’s Society for News Design conference in Cleveland.

If not, I’ll make a deal with you. Go read it now, and I’ll stop calling you Shirley.

One of the topics that wasn’t resolved very well: Where to eat lunch? You’ll want to eat quickly, because the early afternoon sessions are simply too good to miss.

The Plain Dealer‘s David Kordalski takes a break from this morning’s SND board meeting to tell us:

We have arranged for some discounts at area restaurants to anyone who shows their SND badge, including Cafe Sausalito in the Galleria (right across the street from the conference center). Details are at sndcle.com/eats

Inexpensive lunch options at the conference center are the food court at the Galleria…

OK, Time out. That’s perfect. In that food court are:

  • Asian Kitchen
  • Great Steak and Potato Co.
  • Mirna’s Cuisine Pizza
  • Mixed Greens Salad Bar
  • Quizno’s
  • Sakkio Japan
  • Stone Oven Bakery & Cafe
  • Taco Amigo
  • Pickles

And again, this place is across St. Claire Street from One Cleveland Place, the workshop venue.

Picking up with David, whom we left in mid-sentence…

as well as several street-level restaurants one block south … Subway, Tomaydo Tomahhdo, Captain Tony’s … others between the hotel and Sammy’s, including Au Bon Pain, Dave’s Cosmic Subs, the Market Cafe…

But the coolest inexpensive (and most Bohemian) option is this: Our friends at Positively Cleveland have helped us arrange for a large number of food trucks to be available both Friday and Saturday.

Sounds like you’ll have some choices. Very cool, then.

Keep in mind that a number of eateries in the area will be displaying this sticker in their window:

Places displaying that sticker offer discounts for customers wearing their SND credentials. Read more about this deal here.

Suggestion No. 1: When that last morning session is done, get your ass out of the building and on your way to lunch. The quicker you order, the quicker you’re done, the less likely you are to miss something cool in the first afternoon session.

Suggestion No. 2: Make sure you wear your SND badge to lunch. Even if you stuff it in your pocket. You can’t get your discount if you don’t have your badge.



Your last-minute guide to this week’s SND workshop in Cleveland

This week, the annual Society for News Design workshop cranks up in Cleveland.

In a time in which our industry has precious little to celebrate, this will be an opportunity for visual journalists to brush up on the latest news design trends, to network and to enjoy a little down-time with their pals and to let off some steam.

What we have for you today: A preview in three parts…

1. We’ll look at how SNDCLE is going to be different from previous workshops.

2. We’ll give you the essentials of what you need to know while you’re there. And…

3. For those of you who have never been to an SND workshop before, I’ll share my tips for getting the most of out of your time there.

And away we go…



…especially for those of you who

have been to an SND workshop before

SND secretary/treasurer David Kordalski took some time from preparing for you to tell us…

There are a number of things that will be different at SNDCLE. Very different, indeed. Because that’s how we roll in the birthplace of rock.

First, we are not holding the workshop in a hotel. We’re holding it in a conference center, with an auditorium and several breakout rooms. It’s called Sammy’s, and it’s in a building called One Cleveland Center, which is about 3-4 blocks from the Hyatt.

Photo by Eustacio Humphrey/The Plain Dealer

It’s an easy walk on a crisp October day, but just in case it ain’t so crisp, there will be trolleys running back and forth one hour before and after the workshop.

Secondly, there will not be one big awards ceremony. Instead, the awards will be spread out at the beginning of each keynote, in order to get singular focus onto that particular award. Here’s the schedule:

  • Golds: At the opening reception at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum [Thursday, 7-11 p.m.]
  • World’s Best-Designed: Friday, 9 a.m., immediately preceding the keynote by CNN’s Marisa Gallagher
  • Student Designer of the Year: Friday, 2 p.m., immediately preceding the keynote by Bottle Rocket App’s Michael Griffith
  • Best in Show: Saturday, 9 a.m., immediately preceding the keynote by Digital First’s Jim Brady
  • President’s Awards: Saturday, 2 p.m., immediately preceding the keynote by WebbMedia Group’s Amy Webb
  • Lifetime Achievement: Part of the closing cocktail party at Hilarities Comedy Club [Saturday, 4-9 p.m.]

What? Closing cocktail party? Does that mean no traditional banquet?

Yes, happily so, because frankly, we hate eating bland, hotel banquet food while stuck at a ten-top table that’s too big to talk across, and we figure you do, too. Instead, we think it’ll be much more productive (and fun) to hold our last session in an environment conducive to mingling with new friends and catching up with old colleagues.

So you’ll find no stuffy suits, rubber chicken dinners or cramps caused by three hours of sitting. We’ll close SNDCLE with a few drinks, a lot of laughs, a great program, some good friends and a send-off worthy of a weekend spent recharging your creative batteries.




Your essential guide to this week’s workshop

We’ll do this in Q&A format…

Q. My boss just decided I could go. Is it too late to register?

A. It’s never too late: If you can get there, you can attend.

SND executive director Steve Komives and his crew of volunteers will be happy to register you at the door, if necessary.

The only thing you’ve lost is your early-bird discount. The fee is now $495 for both members and non-members and $320 for students and faculty.

What the folks in Cleveland can not help you with is getting a hotel room. The official SND hotel — the Hyatt Regency in the Arcade — was booked up weeks ago. What’s more: There’s a NFL game in town this weekend. Or, rather, what passes for NFL in Cleveland.

However, Mr. Kordalski and the folks at the Plain Dealer have made a helpful list of alternatives you might call.

Hey, you never know. There may be cancellations. If you’re game, give ’em a shot.

Q. How about if I can find a roommate who already has a room? I could split the cost with them.

A. Great idea! The best way to do this might be to tweet with the #sndcle hashtag and state what you’re looking for.

A panel discussion on editing and

design hubs at last years’ SND/STL.

Q. Will there be there stuff going on early again this year? For students and whatnot?

A. There’s stuff going on early on Thursday again this year for everyone. And whatnot.

David points out there will be two “bonus sessions” on Thursday:

1) Student workshop, all day Thursday, free for registered students. Workshop starts at 10 a.m.; portfolio critiques start at 3 p.m.

2) The path to iPad with InDesign, all day Thursday with Jeff Goertzen and Chris Morris. It’s an additional fee [$75 for SND members; $100 for non-members] but it’s worth every penny. Register here.

Q. How can I get from the airport to the hotel without it costing me an arm and a leg?

A. Sadly, there is be no free shuttle. David Kordalski tells us:

The best way is to take the nation’s first light rail connection to an airport, the RTA Rapid’s Red Line, to the Tower City/Public Square station.

It runs every 10 minutes in peak times, every 20 in slower periods.

The Hyatt Regency is an easy 2-block walk through Tower City.

View Cleveland transit map in a larger map

Here’s the weekday schedule.

The price is certainly right: Only a buck-fifty each way.

Or, you can just take a taxi. The hotel says that will set you back about $25.

If you do that, you might consider sharing a ride. Make up a big sign that says: SND: Share a taxi to the hotel?

Read more about your airport-to-the-hotel options here.

Back to that train, however. David tells us the RTA Rapid is…

…also a great way to get from the hotel over to the historic West Side Market (and all the microbreweries nearby).

During weekdays, flag down the free, green trolleys in order to get around downtown.

The free RTA downtown trolley.

Q. So the workshop won’t be in our hotel. How far away will it be?

A. Only about three-and-a-half blocks away. Piece of cake. Especially since it won’t be snowing or raining.

View From the hotel to the venue in a larger map

Q. That reminds me: What will the weather be like this week?

A. Not too bad. Better than it’s been here in Virginia Beach this week.

Highs in the mid-to-high 50s. Lows in the low 40s. Partly cloudy and no rain at all except, perhaps, on Wednesday and Sunday.

So yeah: Dress warmly. Bring a sweater or jacket.

It won’t get quite this cold. So fear not.

Photo by Sammy’s, at One Cleveland Center.

Q. Will there be wifi in the meeting hall? How much will that cost us?

A. David tells us:

There will be wifi in the meeting hall, and it will be free to attendees. Every speaker will have a specific hash tag as well as the general #sndcle, so use that wifi to keep up with and add to a robust Twitter feed.

Also, anyone who booked a room at the Hyatt Regency via the special SND rate gets free internet in the hotel, David says.

Q. Where should I eat while I’m there? What should I do in my spare time?

A. My suggestion: Find a fun-looking crowd and tag along.

Seriously, though, folks will be all over. David offers up his own recommendations:

East 4th Street: Right behind the Hyatt, it’s home to some of the Midwest’s finest restaurants. Don’t take our word for it, though… Bon Appetit named one of East 4th’s best, the Greenhouse Tavern, a Top Ten Best New Restaurant in 2009, and Iron Chef Michael Symon‘s marquee restaurant, Lola, is right down the street.

East 4th Street even has its own Twitter feed.

Warehouse District: A nice walk or trolly ride on the other side of Public Square, this long-established district is home to great bars and affordable eateries.

The Market District: Take the Rapid over to an area chock-full of local breweries and casual fun.

Tremont: Better take a cab, because this historic and funky neighborhood of restaurants and galleries was established near the Cuyahoga, which is a Native American word for crooked. It’s difficult to navigate, but well worth the trip! You name it, Tremont’s got it, from authentic Polish to haute cuisine and everything in between.

Gordon Square Arts District: Cab or rental car, but again, an adventure well worth exploring. The world’s most ambitious hot dogs at the Happy Dog or the Sunday regae brunch at the Parkview Nite Club are only two of a host of reasons to make the trip.

University Circle: Home of the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Severance Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra), the Museum of Natural History (check out Balto!) and more … take the Health Line down Euclid Avenue.

Want to know more about Cleveland? Our friends at Positively Cleveland have compiled plenty of info for SNDCLE attendees here.

Q. Can I see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while I’m in town?

A. In fact, that’s where the reception will be held Thursday night. According to the official SNDCLE web site, your badge will get you…

…a special all-access pass to see exhibits including memorabilia from acts that shaped rock ‘n’ roll, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, Elmore James, RUN-D.M.C. and more.

Yes, that’s the place, there on the left.

Designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Rock Hall opened its doors in 1995 on the shores of Lake Erie. The museum is devoted to performers, creators, promoters, and others associated with the growth and popularity of rock and roll music.

Read more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum here.

Q. For those of us on a budget: Will there be cheap eats anywhere around?

A. That’s the question I have whenever I attend SND. I’m the guy who skips the $30 breakfast buffet and strikes out in search of a McDonald’s.

Well, there is no McDonald’s within walking distance of the hotel or the workshop venue. In fact, I’m not finding much in my usual searches for fast-food in that area.

Inside the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade.

There is a food court, however, there in the arcade part of the hotel. You’ll find a deli, a  gyro joint, a grilled sub place a Mexican grill, an Asian restaurant and a bakery.

The downside: This fast-food court closes at 6 p.m. Find more information here.

In addition, a number of joints in the vicinity of the hotel and venue will be displaying this sticker in their window.

When you see it, go in and eat. You’ll get a discount if you’re wearing your SND badge.

Read more about this deal here.

And for you broke college students out there who are attending the student session on Thursday: You’re in luck. Not only is the session free, a free lunch is included.

(That whole thing is sponsored by Digital First Media, so make sure to thank keynote speaker Jim Brady when you see him.)

Q. Please tell me there’s a Starbucks nearby.

A. The good news: There is a Starbucks near the hotel. The bad news: It’s not exactly on your way to the workshop venue itself, One Cleveland Center. In fact, it’s on the opposite side of the hotel.

Walk out the south, or Euclid Ave. side of the hotel and turn right. As best I can tell, it’s maybe two blocks away at 200 Public Square. It’ll be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

However, Plain Dealer designer Emmet Smith tweets today:

Find Phoenix’ web site here and its Twitter feed here.

In addition, there will be free coffee served in the meeting venue Friday morning (sponsored by Hoefler & Frere-Jones) and Saturday morning (sponsored by CCI Europe).

Plus, there is a coffee bar there in the hotel, open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Read more about it here.

And now, especially for you college students and other fabulous noobies…



especially if you’ve never been before.


The presentations will be terrific. Have you seen the all-star list of speakers? Wow

But frankly, they’re of secondary importance. The most important reason to go to Cleveland — your Number One task while you’re there — will be to meet people. To network.

Believe it or not, there will be folks in Cleveland who are hiring. Or who may be hiring soon. Or who may be hiring soon but don’t know it yet.

There will be folks in Cleveland who have the power to hire interns. If you’re looking for an internship for summer 2013, then now is the time to start looking. Not during spring break.

Your task will be to make a fabulous impression on these folks; one that will cause them to not only remember you and your work, but also to make them think of you when they discover they have a position to fill. Your task will be to put either your portfolio or your card — containing info on how they can find your online portfolio — into their hands.

You’ll be tasked with doing this in a way that doesn’t piss them off or annoy them or the other attendees.

And just because all that isn’t difficult enough, you’ll have to do it without knowing just which editors will be doing the hiring this year!

Sounds like an impossible job? It’s not. It’s simple networking 101. And you can do it. It’s a piece of cake, really. As long as you love meeting new people.

(If you loathe meeting and talking to people, then do us all a favor and change your major, willya? I mean, after all: This is the communication industry.)

So meet as many people as you can. Shake as many hands as you can. Make a fabulous first impression.

Q. Are you saying the sessions aren’t important?

A. No, I’m not saying that at all. You’ll learn a lot at those sessions. I’m just saying SND workshops are about more than just the sessions.

  • Don’t obsess over the sessions. You’ll occasionally run into a situation in which you have to choose between two — or three — sessions you really, really want to see. Fact is, very few sessions at an annual workshop suck outright. So if you have even a passing interest in the subject, you’ll get something out of the session. Believe me.

The Washington Post’s Laura Stanton speaks at SND/STL.

  • Split up. If you’re attending as part of a group, send various folks to sessions in the same time slot. You can swap notes later.
  • In the past, some sessions have offered handouts and some have not. The past few years, SND has made a real push to make sure any handouts or presentations are downloadable — shortly after the session — as Powerpoint or PDF documents.

Q. Which sessions are the hot ones to attend this year?

A. Oh, please don’t ask me that.

Q. Seriously. Which ones should I go to?

A. Seriously? Go to all of them. The lineup this year is so incredibly… incredibly… well, incredibly incredible that I couldn’t possibly choose between some of them.

For example: Normally, I’d advise you to never miss a speaking appearance by Karl Gude. Karl is more than a noted professor (at Michigan State, in fact) and he’s more than an graphics guru. He’s a bona-fide force of nature.

Karl Gude at SND/STL. With a cramp in his hand, I think.

But if you pencil in Karl’s fabulous Free is Gude session — Friday at 3:30 in the Erie Room — you’ll miss:

  • Julie Elman of Ohio University and formerly of the Virginian-Pilot — I often refer to her as the greatest front-page designer this planet has ever seen — who’ll be speaking about how and from where to seek inspiration. She’ll be in the 12th Street room.
  • Chris Courtney of the Chicago Tribune, who’s speaking on making the leap into coding. Which you’ll need to do if you want to get into mobile or tablet apps (and, y’know, who doesn’t?). Chris will be speaking in the auditorium of One Cleveland Center.
  • And a panel discussion in the St. Clair room on what we learned from this year’s SND competition. On the panel will be: Michael Whitley of the Los Angeles Times, Rob Schneider of the Dallas Morning News, Steve Cavendish of the Nashville City Paper and Katherine Myrick of the Washington Post.

I mean, come on. If I were there this year, I’d find myself at 3:30 p.m. Friday, sitting in the corridor and whimpering with indecision.

Q. But wait a minute. I thought you said not to obsess about the sessions.

A. Do as I say and not as I do.

Anyway: Wow. What a lineup.

Find the schedules here:

In addition, there is supposed to be a schedule app. Keep on the lookout for it. We had one of those last year in St. Louis. Man, that was a lot easier than keeping up with the official printed bulletin.

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

I’m now told the SNDCLE schedule app is now up and running. Read more about it here. Download it directly here.


What? You don’t have business cards? You’ve never needed them before? You don’t think you need them now, in the internet age?


Hey, feel free to bring hard copies and CDs if you like. When you see Rick Epps or David Kordalski between sessions, it’s easy to slip them your packet when they can toss it into their briefcase or computer bag.

David Kordalski and Rick Epps at SND/

Denver. Photo by Satoshi Toyoshima.

But what happens when you run into Tracy Collins at the opening reception? You don’t have your CDs on you, so you can’t give him one. And he has no pockets big enough for your file folder anyway.

So bring business cards. And then give them out to everyone you meet. Everyone.

And then what?

After you meet someone, take a moment — as quickly as you can — to grab a pen and make a brief note or two on the back of their card. Anything that will help you remember them. “Gave me career advice.” “Mentioned a sports design internship.” “Said he liked my page one work and wants to see more PDFs.”

Why take the time to do this? Because if you do it right, you’ll get home to discover you have dozens of cards. And you’ll have no idea of which card went with which person. These quick notes may help you keep them straight.

Now, once you get home — that’s when the real work begins. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Put all the cards in a stack.
  2. Type all the info from the cards into the electronic contact book on your MacBook, iPhone, iPad or Blackberry.
  3. Look up everyone you met at Facebook or LinkedIn. Invite them to link up with you via those sites.
  4. Then, write everyone a personalized e-mail. Tell them how much you enjoyed meeting them. A personal detail or two — that’s what those notes are for — to help prevent these e-mails from reading like form letters.
  5. And then, the really tough part: Keep in touch. E-mail from time to time. Wish them a happy birthday or whatever. If you see they’ve posted something nice at NewsPageDesigner, congratulate them. Or, better yet, ask them how they pulled off this or that fabulous project.

This is basic networking.

If you want to fancy up your cards in a way so folks will remember you, go right ahead. Speaking for myself, I tend to remember the unusual business cards the most. But make sure you cover the basic info: Name. E-mail address. Phone number. And, preferably, a link where we can go to see your portfolio.

And, of course, make sure the info on your card is accurate and easy to read. Most news design professionals will forgive a boring card. But an ugly-ass, error-ridden card? Heh

Q. But business cards are old-school! No one I know uses business cards any more!

A. That’s because everyone you know is a young college student. Many of the folks out there in newspaper hiring land are in their 50s or 40s or 30s. They still use business cards. So make sure you have one to offer them. And make sure you get a copy of theirs.

Q. But it’s too damn late to have business cards made up! What do I do?

A. It’s never too late! Go to OfficeMax or FedEx/Kinko’s. They can design a card on the spot and print 500 of them in about 45 minutes. If you happen to have one of my old black-and-white VizEds business cards, that’s where it came from: Kinko’s. Total cost was under $30.

Q. It IS too late! I didn’t see this post until I was already in Cleveland!

A. There aren’t Kinko’s in Cleveland? Really?


You might bring copies of your resumé, either on disc or on dead trees, to distribute. Fine; no problem.

But the No. 1 problem I find on resumes: Typos. Poor grammar. Mistakes.

Now, some visual editors won’t mind this at all. Hell, some of the worst typists on this planet are graphic artists.

But if I were to bring you in for an interview, it’d never be by my call alone. I’d have to get my AME or my managing editor or my editor to sign off on you. And, being word people, they might not like seeing dumbass mistakes on your resumé. Because the kind of candidate who distributes a resumé with a mistake on it just might be the kind of new hire who won’t pay close attention to her business front design or her locator map or the interactive presentation she’s building for us.

So take the time to proofread any resumé or word material, be it hard or soft copy, that you distribute in Cleveland.

Q. But I suck at proofreading!

A. That’s OK; I do, too. As you can tell from this blog.

Here’s what you do: Find a copy editor or a teacher who’ll help out. Barter some design work if you have to. But make sure your resumé is immaculate.


While the presentations you’ll see in Cleveland are very cool, some of the most important work is being done in what Mark Friesen of the Oregonian used to call “backchannels.”

These are conversations being had in the hallways. Among the booths in the exhibitor’s hall. At a little sandwich shop down the street. At the bar, late at night.

Especially that last one. Believe me. You’ll be amazed at the amount of business in this business — or any business, really — that’s done over a beer.

Some sessions get pretty crowded. If there’s a session you

know you want to see, don’t dawdle in the corridor. Get a seat.

So don’t make the mistake of thinking that everything shuts down at 5:30 p.m. or whenever the sessions end. That’s just when things get rolling for many of the professionals you’ll see in Cleveland.

I’ve had some very interesting discussions at 1 or 2 in the morning. I recall reviewing a student portfolio at 3 a.m. in Boston, although that is a bit late for me. Especially at my age.

Late night at an SND workshop is basically the old-school version of social networking. Don’t waste the opportunity. There will be folks getting together all over the hotel — in suites, in rooms, in the lobby, in the bar. And down the street at nearby establishments. Find an interesting discussion and join in. If you find it boring, say goodnight and find another discussion.

And stick with it as late as you can. Sleeping is overrated, anyway. You can always sleep when you get home.

Q. How do I find a professional who’ll look at my portfolio at 3 a.m.?

A. Well, that’s the rub. I’m the only person stupid enough to try to do that, and I won’t be in Cleveland this year. Count on the professionals being quite a bit smarter than I am.


So you see Dan Zedek chatting with Tim Frank. You want to talk to both of them, so you run over, interrupt the hell out of them and you thrust your portfolio in front of them.

Remember the first impression thing we talked about? Well, congratulations; you just did it. Both Tim and Dan are now quite impressed with how much you suck.

Many of the professionals see their good friends from other papers only once or twice a year. They value greatly the chance to buy Steve Dorsey a beer. Or to let him buy them one.

So please let them have at least some time to meet and greet their pals.

OMG… So many big names in one place at SND/Denver…

My head might explode… Photo by Satoshi Toyoshima.

If you’re hoping to meet someone, hover in the vicinity and try to catch them when their conversation is wrapping up. If you’re hoping for a portfolio review, make sure you understand that these professionals have presentations they want to see, too.

Perhaps you’ll be told that a professional won’t have time to look at your stuff right now. Most will ask you to approach them later. Some will even try to set up an appointment with you.

But nearly all of them want to see your stuff. Recruiting is one of the reasons they’re going in the first place. Blowing you off wouldn’t make sense.

Another thing: If you bring your portfolio to Cleveland, make sure you pare it down to the bare minimum. Folks simply won’t have time to leaf through 20 or 25 pages of your work. Keep it to five or six pages, max. Of only your very best stuff.

And as you hand them your book, make sure you specify why you’re showing them your work. If you’re hoping for a job or an internship, say so. If you want feedback on your pages, say that, too.

The auditorium at One Erie Center, where

many of the larger sessions will be held.

The smaller, breakout sessions will be held in rooms

like this one: The Erie Room. Photos from Sammy’s,

at One Cleveland Center.

Also, keep in mind that if you ask a professional to critique your work, you might actually get a critique. If they find something in your pages they don’t like — and, believe me, they probably will — then make sure you take their suggestions with a smile. If you can’t take a critique, then for Chrissakes, don’t ask for one. (I learned this one the hard way, 21 years ago at an SND Quickcourse in Chapel Hill. Ask me about it sometime.)

If you see a little rudeness on the part of a professional, try to understand: Perhaps he’s under some stress at the moment. Perhaps he’s speaking in the next session and his Mac just died.

But if you find a professional being consistently rude, please let me know. I’ll be glad to have someone kick their ass. Or, better yet, I’ll ridicule them publicly, here in the blog.

If, on the other hand, you act rudely — well, believe me: You’ll only be hurting yourself.

Q. But it is OK to bring my portfolio, right?

A. Oh, absolutely. Bring it especially if you’re job hunting or if you’re hoping to ask industry professionals to critique your work.

(In fact, there’s a special portfolio review session set up just for college students at 3 p.m. Thursday.)

But keep in mind if you bring your portfolio every day, you’ll have to tote it around all day. I’ve seen a lot of students — at SND/Houston in ’05, at SND/Orlando in ’06, at SND/Boston in ’07, last year at SND/STL — struggling to carry big portfolio cases, laptop bags, purses and workshop swag bags.

Bring what you want. But consider the repercussions.


Yes, many will be imbibing. Some will imbibe quite a bit. Some will get downright sloppy drunk.

And that’s OK for professionals. They’re over the legal drinking age. But for you job-seekers and college-types, you might want to take care.

SND folks gather at a bar in Denver. Photo by Octavio Diaz.

I’m not going to discuss the legalities of alcohol and folks under the age of 21 — that’s between you and your Mommy and Daddy. I will, however, point out that if you get a little tipsy and then run into a hiring editor…

Well, it could get nasty. Just member that “first impression” thing I talked about earlier.

For example…

You’ve had way too much to drink, but then you spot Jeff Glick. You trot over, grab him by the shoulder, spin him around, pump his arm and loudly proclaim you’re his next intern.

Then you belch loudly. And you ralph all over his shoes.

Oh, yeah: He’ll remember you.

OK, that’s an extreme example. But I’ve seen things nearly that bad.

If you’re drinking, try not to drink too much. Save that for when you get home or back to school.


Some papers will bring cool swag to give away. Others will have huge bundles containing copies of their paper.

Some of the cool give-away freebies from

SND/Denver. Photo by Steve Dorsey.

And hey, you never know when you’ll spot that gotta-have-it item in the SND Foundation silent auction.

So when you pack your suitcase, make sure you leave a little extra room for whatever you bring home.

Q. I had thought about donating something to the silent auction, but I plumb forgot about it. Hasn’t the deadline passed?

A. The deadline was Oct. 4. However, whenever I go to SND, I usually take a half-dozen or so things with me for the auction. I suspect they won’t turn anything down. Look for Steve Komives on the registration desk. Tell him I sent you.

The silent auction table at SND/STL.

Q. What sort of things are they looking for?

A. Well, what sort of things might you buy? For a quick primer, read this. When you check in at the SND registration desk, tell ’em you have something for the auction.


Every year, I find myself compelled to defend SND against charges that the Society is too cliquish.

Well, bullshit on that.

Folks of the Society are very glad to meet you. Some of them will travel all the way to Cleveland just to meet you, in fact. I don’t find them cliquish at all.

The society’s 2010 president — Kris Viesselman,

left — and the 2011 president, Steve Dorsey.

Two of the least-cliquish people I know.

Photo by Satoshi Toyoshima.

Hey, I once felt the same way, too. What I discovered, though, is that if you go out there and make an effort to meet people and to shake their hands and exchange business cards and if you can make intelligent conversation with them, they”ll be delighted to include you in their circle of friends.

There may be a few exceptions. But only a few. Hell, if these folks will talk to a geek like me, they”ll talk to anyone.

So don’t be afraid to chat. And if you’re shy, well then, go ahead and play the wallflower game. Just don’t come crying to me later about cliques.

Q. So you’re telling me there is no cliquish behavior at all by professionals at SND?

A. That’s not quite what I’m saying. Remember earlier, when I mentioned this is the one chance a year some professionals have to meet and greet each other? If you don’t quite know who or what you’re looking at, some of this meet-and-greet can seem like a bunch of cliques.

And, sure ’nuff, the first thing you probably do on Thursday night will be to attend the opening reception. Where you’ll spot a lot of meet-and-greet.

But do what I told you. Go meet the folks you want to meet.

Q. I have this one person I really, really want to meet. But I’m too scared to walk up to them and introduce myself! What do I do?

A. Sigh… Do us all a favor and get out of the communications business. Please?

OK, that’s a bit harsh. Try this instead…

Find an industry professional to whom you do not feel intimidated speaking. Ask her if she knows the person you want to meet. If she does, then ask her — politely — if she’ll introduce you.

If that doesn’t work, then suck it up and do it yourself. Just remember to be polite.


You’re familiar with the idea of “pass it forward,” right? Consider this a variation.

You’ll be there in Cleveland with a few portfolio CDs, a big mess of business cards and an eager grin painted on your face, scanning the crowd for big-name visual editors to whom you can suck up.

The irony of it is: Many of those same visual editors are doing the same damn thing — they’re looking for even bigger-name AMEs and managing editors to whom they can suck up.

And the biggest names of all? In my experience, I’ve found that those top dogs don’t always consider themselves to be top dogs. So some of them, even, are looking for someone they can chat up.

From the opening reception at SND/STL last year: The

extraordinarily talented Ryan Huddle of the Boston Globe

sucks up to the extraordinarily talented Adonis Durado of

the Times of Oman. Who probably thinks he’s the one

sucking up. And, in fact, they’re both geniuses of visual

Journalism. Funny how this works.

So my message is this: Go ahead and spend time sucking up. That’s part of what networking is all about.

But make sure you spend some quality time with folks who are newer to the business than you are. Folks from smaller papers. College kids.

Or, if you’re still in college, underclassmen. Or folks from tiny colleges you’ve never heard of.

I’m a believer that if you spend time helping out smaller fish — what I call sucking down — then, at some point, the karma will even out and you’ll find yourself graced with good fortune.

Even if that doesn’t happen, you’ve made a friend for life. And who knows who that kid will grow into one day? I like to tell the story of a very young, very green college kid I met once at a Poynter seminar in 1994. Flash-forward fourteen years: That kid was deputy art director of the Washington Post.

So spend time helping out the folks below you in the pecking order. You’ll make friends, develop your leadership and mentoring skills and perhaps make a lifelong friend in the industry.

At the very least, you’ve done the right thing. And dammit, I’d like to think that still counts for something. Occasionally.

Q. Really? Even the professionals are there to suck up to other professionals?

A. Really. The sucking-up thing never really goes away. No matter how high you rise in the industry, there is always someone out there at a level above you — or a level above where you perceive yourself to be — sucking up to someone even higher.

Q. Wow. I feel a bit better, then.

A. Good. Stop sweating and, um, join the suck-fest.


Starting with SND/Boston, back in 2007 — and the next year in Vegas, and the year after that in Buenos Aires and the year after that in Denver and then last year in St. Louis — the wifi airwaves were buzzing with information as the conference was happening.

SND maintains a live blog of the entire workshop, but frankly, I’ve had difficulty in locating that live blog. I never did find it last year. And I was there.

But still, word gets around amazingly fast. Mostly, thanks to Twitter.

Joey Marburger of the Washington Post, Matt Mansfield

of Northwestern University and Scott Goldman, then of the

Indianapolis Star, at SND/Denver. Photo by Michael Stoll.

While some of this coverage is aimed at folks back home who can’t make the trip, quite a bit of it is aimed at folks on-site: Where the cool party is happening. The scuttlebutt on which morning session will be the most kick-ass. Last-minute schedule changes. Who’s hiring.

David Kordalski tells us:

Absolutely. We plan on making the recipients of the SNDF travel grants sing, er, blog for their supper through social media tweets, updates on the sndcle Facebook page and on the website. Also, we’ll be collecting your feeds and instagram impressions of the conference and Cleveland on sndcle.com.

Every speaker will have a hash tag, as well as the general #sndcle

So don’t forget to bring your iPhone or your iPad or Droid or whatever and log on often.

Just don’t make the mistake of living all weekend with your nose in your device. Because, y’know, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to do that at home.



Just because.

Q. I can’t go this year. I’ll keep up with the happenings via Twitter. But I sure wish I could feel like I’m a part of things.

A. Me, too. Luckily, there’s a way we can party like it’s 2012: Visit the SNDCLE Swag Store, where you buy items like T-shirts…

…and MacBook sleeves…

…and even specialty items like Andrea Levy apparel…

…and Julie Elman coffee mugs.

The same applies if you’re going this week but simply forget to pick up some swag. David tells us:

The Swag Store will be up until the end of time (which could be Dec. 21, 2012, if you believe the Mayans.

Find the Swag Store here.

Q. Is there no illustrator auction this year?

A. David tells us:

No, we’re not doing an illustrator auction this year. Frankly, we don’t think it was fair to the artists to have that commitment hanging over their head for a year.

The idea of illustration as a fund-raiser is still very appealing, though, so we’ve come up with a nice alternative. It’s easy for artists to participate, yet it puts them in control of exactly how much time that participation requires.

They simply send us one (or more) digital illustrations that fall within specific sizes, granting SND the second rights. We’ll put them on products on the SNDCLE Swag Store — shirts, mugs and/or notecards and art posters on archival paper — then make them available for up to a year. A high percentage of the proceeds will go toward the Foundation or toward conference expenses.

The piece(s) can be from their own freelance work, or they can be from their publication as long as they have the right to grant the usage. Of course, if they want to do something special just for this project, that’s very cool, but that’s not what we’re asking.

From our end, we’ll ensure we tell the story of the illustration, and provide links where the people purchasing the merchandise can see more. That way, the artists get more exposure, they have a closed-end to their participation and people (even non-SND folks, as this goes into the general Zazzle marketplace) get cool stuff. Win-win-win.

Again, find the Swag Store here.

Q. But wait! I have more questions!

A. I’m afraid I’m out of answers.

If you do have more questions, the best place to go is to Twitter. Make sure you use the #sndcle hash tag. I’m sure someone will get right back to you.

Essential links:

Last chance for lower rates for next week’s SNDCLE

Heads up: If you’re planning to attend the Society for News Design workshop in Cleveland next week and you’ve not yet registered, then do so today. Right now.

Because tomorrow — Oct. 5 — the rates go up by $100.

Currently, the rate is $395 for an SND member, $495 for a non-member and $220 for a student or faculty member.

Register here.

In addition, be advised that the block of hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency — the official hotel for SND this year — is sold out. And, yes, there is a Browns game in town that Sunday. So rooms are going fast.

Look for options here.

Find the SNDCLE Twitter feed here.

Society for News Design/Scandinavia to host ‘Space’ workshop next month

The Society for News Design’s Scandinavian branch will hold huge seminar/workshop next month in Copenhagen. They’re calling it “Space 2012” and it sounds like a fabulous chance for anyone to immerse him or herself into the many forms of news design, old and new.

Among the wide array of speakers lined up for the three-day conference to be held Sept. 27-29:

Tom Byermoen of VG Nett, Norway’s largest news web site and most-read news outlet in the country.

Carles Capdevila, director and publisher of Ara, a Catalan-language digital-first newspaper founded in Barcelona in 2010. The title translates into “Now.”

Steve Duenes, graphics director of the New York Times.

Haika Hinze, design director of Die Zeit, an award-winning German weekly.

Nick Mrozowski, creative director of Adweek magazine.

Mark Porter, former creative director of the Guardian and currently principal at Mark Porter Associates.

Lærke Posselt, photographer for Danish newspaper Politiken and first-place winner in the portrait singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo and Picture of the Year International competition.

Sara Quinn of the Poynter Institute’s visual journalism faculty.

Lena K. Samuelsson, editor-in-chief of Svenska Dagbladet, a resurgent Swedish daily that was named Digital Newspaper of the Year last year and, of course, was the society’s first Best of Show winner in ten years. Lena was named Swedish media personality of 2011 as well.

And that’s just a taste. There’s plenty more going on: Even more speakers, breakout sessions, coffees and an awards banquet.

Find more details about the workshop here. Register here.

Find the Space 2012 home page here.

A face that captures what the Olympics are all about

Granted, I’ve not had a chance to look at many Olympics pages today. Nor will I have time to spend a lot of time poring over the Newseum and other outlets in hopes of bringing you a daily roundup. I’ll be on the road for pretty much all of the 2012 Summer Games.

I did see this front page by the New York Post, however, and I thought I’d bring it to your attention:

First of all, I love the headline. It’s funny and it’s creative.

But here’s what’s even better: The look on the face of the young woman carrying the flag.

We’re seeing the most important event in the life of Mariel Zagunis , a 27-year-old fencer from Oregon. And what she’s feeling — at this very moment — is playing across her face.

We’re seeing delight. We’re seeing wonder. We’re seeing pride.

The look on her face is what the Olympics are all about, my friends. Not music and fireworks or corporate marketing or even shiny medals. It’s about people. People coming together to celebrate people.

Maybe it’s the beer Diet Coke talking, but I’m getting awfully choked up looking at the face of this young woman. Kudos to the Post for finding it in the Agence France-Presse photo wire and playing it so well today.

And kudos to Mariel, who was chosen to carry the flag during the opening ceremonies last night. She won gold medals in her event in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008. Naturally, I hope she brings home a third gold medal. But even if she doesn’t, I’d argue that she gave us all a gold medal with her beaming face last night.


Sadly, I just don’t have the time to compile lengthy roundups of great Olympics work this week. While you’re watching the Olympics on TV and building Olympics pages for your newspapers, I’m living in a hotel here in Nairobi, Kenya.

I might not be in the front-page roundup business today, but I know who is: The Poynter Institute’s brilliant Julie Moos. Early this morning, she posted 15 pages from around the world.

Among the best British pages I’ve seen are the wrap-around covers the Times of London is producing this weekend:

Is the Times going to keep this up for the entire event? I hope so.

I’ll bet the Times put together a nicely graphic look at sports, venues and personalities in the Summer Games. I’m under the impression a couple of staffers there read this blog regularly. If someone there would like to send me PDFs of those graphics and other great inside pages, I’d be tickled to post ’em.

In the meantime…


I’m very impressed this week with my friends at the Society for News Design. In an effort to anticipate the interest and needs of visual journalists, various members of the society have been hard at work this summer compiling articles and resources involving the Olympics.

Here are my favorites:

As for myself, I posted the Chicago Tribune‘s special Olympics section last night.

And today on Facebook, I stumbled across this nice page from the tiny Daily Journal of San Mateo:

Nice work by Julio Lara and his colleagues at the 14,800-circulation Daily Journal.

I don’t have time to do the research, but that doesn’t mean I won’t post great work here in the blog. If you’d like to share Olympics pages, send them to me. The address:

chuckapple [at] cox.net

Learn HTML next month — cheap — in Phoenix

Here’s a huge training opportunity for folks in the Southwest.

Region 2 of the Society for News Design is holding a one-day Quick Course on July 28 to teach how to build a web page with HTML and CSS. SND Arizona state leader Keri Hegre writes:

This class is designed for beginners, so if you’ve always thought you really should learn more about that web stuff, but didn’t know where to start, start here. By the end of class, you’ll have built a web page.

UPDATE – 7:30 p.m.

I asked Keri if the instruction was in HTML 4 or five, and who the instructor would be. Her reply:

We will not be going into HTML 5.0, only 4 and below. This class is designed for people who have little to no web design experience and we have only one day, so think of it as HTML/CSS speed-dating.

Our instructor is Bill Pliske.

His bio:

Bill Pliske is the digital presentation editor at azcentral.com where he has been immersed in countless online projects since 2009. Before that he worked as a print presentation leader at the Arizona Republic and at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he first stepped into the world of online design in 1995.

Bill is most definitely a top-notch guy.

The class will be held at the offices of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix on Saturday, July 28. You’ll start promptly at 9 a.m. and end around 4 p.m.

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The cost: Just $25 for SND members. If you’re not a member, they’ll set you back just $50. And there are plenty of hotels within easy walking distance. Including a Holiday Inn Express. As in:

I’m not much of a beginning HTML programmer. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

The deadline to sign up is July 7: About a week and a half from now.

Keri writes:

Space is extremely limited, so sign up quickly. How? Shoot me an email, and it’ll be first come, first served.

keri.hegre [at] arizonarepublic.com

If you’d prefer to work on your own laptop, please let me know when you sign up.

You can sign up for the event here.

Find the Region 2 Facebook page here.

Find Keri’s Twitter feed here.

Help SND pick out the cover of its next annual award book, round two

Last week, the Society for News Design asked us to help it choose which of 46 proposed covers for year’s collected volume of award-winning visual journalism would become finalists.

Now, the society is back again. From those 46 wonderful covers, only eight remain.

And here they are:





There’s some very inventive thinking here.

Rush over to the Society’s web site today and vote on which of these eight covers you prefer for the 33rd edition of the Best of News Design.

There’s only one vote per visitor this time, so make your vote count.

Voting closes at 5 p.m. Wednesday, EDT.