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10 good reasons why print will not die

Speaking at the SNDSF workshop in San Francisco, 9 April 2016. Photo by Nina Pryds
Speaking at the SNDSF workshop in San Francisco, 9 April 2016. Photo by Nina Pryds

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Just had the pleasure of doing a pecha kucha at the “SNDSF Evolving our Craft” workshop and exhibition in San Francisco, organized by the Society for News Design. My topic was “10 good reasons why print will not die” – with examples pricked among the latest ten years of winners in the Best of Scandinavian News Design competition.

You can download the pdf with my 20 slides here:

 pryds.com/pryds_sndsf.pdf

My San Francisco lightning talk

Working on my Lightning Talk for SNDSF – the annual workshop in Society for News Design in San Francisco, on 7-9 April 2016. My five minute speed-talk will present the best of Scandinavian Nnews design from the past ten years – under the headline: “10 good reasons why priint will not die”. Photo: Lars Pryds
Finishing the Keynote presentation file for my lightning talk at SNDSF. And yes, you guessed it: “FAEN” is Norwegian for “FUCK”. Well, more or less …

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Next week, I’ll be in San Francisco, with Nina Maja, checking out the great city – wearing flowers in our hair (maybe).

But first, for three days, we’ll attend SNDSF – the annual workshop in Society for News Design – with more than 50 speakers from organizations like Facebook, New York Times, BuzzFeed, Fusion, Washington Post and ProPublica, covering a wide range of topics like data visualization, design thinking, user experience, development, illustration, art direction and video.

And hey, even I am in the program – albeit only for five minutes:

On Saturday, I’ll be giving a “Lightning Talk” presentation, true pecha kucha style: 20 slides, 15 seconds for each slide! Wauw! It’ll be a blast! It’ll be my five minutes of fame – or a disaster. Whichever – it’ll be great fun.

I’ll show my personal favorites among winners from the last ten years in the Best of Scandinavian News Design competition – making the point that there are (at least) “10 good reasons why print will not die“. So, see you Saturday in San Francisco, maybe?

 

It’s all worthwhile

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Editor’s column from SNDS Magazine 1, 2016

There’s a starman
waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
Cause he knows
it’s all worthwhile

– David Bowie: “Starman” (1972)

In the first week of March, I had the pleasure once again of spending days in Legoland, attending the judging of entries in this year’s Scandinavian news design competition. Among my duties was to help with photographing all the print winners for the annual catalogue. Læs more

“Passion wears many hats”

From SNDS Magazine no. 4, 2015.

The SND Design Journal is back – stronger than ever

By the time you read this, SND will have published the 114th issue of the Design Journal and mailed it to its members. Except for the special How 2 issue in the summer of 2013, it’s been three years since the latest issue of the journal, so it has been a long time.

snd_designjournal_2015-1_But it was worth the wait. Subtitled The Passion Issue, all contributors focus on this driving force:

“We love it when we have it. And when it’s missing, we long for it, again. […] We look at the many facets of this powerful emotion and how it has a hold on us all,” as the editor, SND Publications Director Julie M. Elman says in the introduction.

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The sweet smell of success

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Editor’s column from SNDS Magazine no. 2, 2015:

Do not try to win awards.
Do not try to follow fashion.
Be true to your subject and you will be far more likely to create something that is timeless.
That’s where the true art lies.
– Paul Arden*

Although you should not create just to win, nearly everybody likes to win awards. If the awards are given to you by colleagues or people you look up to within your profession, the feeling is especially great. Once again, Scandinavian newspapers can enjoy this feeling: In April, the jury behind the SND 37th Best of News Design competition named Dagens Nyheter (S) and Politiken (DK) “World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers” – together with De Morgen (Belgium), and The Guardian (Britain).

The jury chose between 215 newspapers submitted from all over the world, and it’s worth noting that Dagens Nyheter wins this title for the third year in a row. Politiken is now a four time World’s Best winner, having previously received the title in 2006, 2011, and 2012.

We even had a Scandinavian runner-up this year: Svenska Dagbladet (S), (World’s Best in 2004) was among the 17 finalists.

So it’s fair to say that Scandinavian news­papers maintain world class quality, compared to regions with a much higher number of publications to choose from – and probably much higher budgets to draw from, too. This bodes well for the Scandinavian competition of which the winners will be announced in October.

In the digital competition, SND named only one “World’s Best-Designed™ Digital” winner – Facebook. This controversial decision was announced in April at the SNDDC seminar in Washington and evoked strong reactions from many in the business – even after the SND website published an extended statement (labelled by Roger Black on twitter as “sad excuses”) from the judges. We wanted to keep the discussion going a bit longer and asked leading news designers for their comment to the jury’s decision (see p. 18–20).

In February, I had the honour of serving once again as judge in the print categories of the Best of Scandinavian News Design competition. It’s such a privilege to get the opportunity to see hundreds of submitted entries representing a snapshot of Scandinavian newspaper design right now. A lot of good work, a fair amount of excellent work, and among them the few pieces that really stand out.

One unique voice this year was that of Finnish illustrator Klaus Welp – whose detailed drawings earned him an Honourable Mention and (on this issue’s cover) a nomination for a Silver or Gold Award. We wanted to see more of Klaus Welp’s work – and found out that the style used in the two winning entries is just one of his many distinct voices – see p. 22-29.

Also in this issue
Pål Nedregotten, Chief Innovation Officer at Amedia AS, Oslo looks into some of the myths that surround digital news – and argues that even though more and more people read news updates on social media it is still extremely important to have a dedicated, well-edited front page on your own website – not least to care for your most loyal readers. See p. 10–12.

We also look into a new design trend called “anti­cipatory design” which will also be a theme on the SNDS15 Conference in October. Kartin Hansen, Head of Digital Development at Jyllands-Posten, Denmark, explains the basics and wonders when the news media will jump on this trend wagon. See p. 14–15.

Anders Tapola, former SNDS President and Design Editor at Smålandsposten, Sweden found himself “last man standing” when his design department suddenly disappeared and was replaced by software tools and a centralised design hub. Read his thoughts about the pros and cons of this new situation on p. 16–17.

Finally, in case you haven’t noticed yet: the snds.org website has been updated with a new look and feel, so take a look. And while you’re there – don’t forget to check for updates to the SNDS15 conference in October.

Have a great summer!

Lars Pryds
Editor, SNDS Magazine

*In: “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be”, p.90. Phaidon 2003. Paul Arden (1940–2008) was a creative director for Saatchi and Saatchi at the height of their advertising might, and an influential author of several books on advertising and motivation.

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