Journalism’s Got 99 Problems: Design Is #1
Will ________ save journalism? It’s a typical, and tired, question with everything from paywalls, iPads, programmers or hyperlocal, microlocal, over-aggregation filling in the blank. But the subject of design is often absent from these conversations. Why? Design is one of the most crucial ingredients; it’s the glue between intent and engagement, between content and comprehension. Yet news design on the web feels stagnant. From the perspective of designers in the newsroom trenches, where the headlines meet the HTML, we want to look at design’s successes and failures and examine what’s next for this still nascent field. We look forward to the input of many voices before, during and after this session. Let us know what you think.
David Wright is the lead interaction designer at NPR in Washington, DC, where he designs and builds award-winning digital news platforms and specializes in standards-based front-end development. Over the past decade, Wright's work for news agencies has been recognized by organizations and publications including Communication Arts , Editor and Publisher , The Peabody Awards and AIGA. He's taught classes in web design and platform development as an adjunct professor of Film and Media Arts at American University's School of Communication and volunteers with the Society for News Design, White House News Photographers and the Online News Association.