“I’m a clown without a circus
There’s no-one to see my act
I can laugh and sing
and stand on my head
Nobody knows where I’m at”
– Manfred Mann’s Earth Band(1)
It’s no longer breaking news, but many Scandinavian media houses are struggling to survive. In early August, Danish JP/Politikens Hus announced the cut-down of 55 editorial jobs within its flagship publications Politiken, Ekstra Bladet and Jyllands-Posten.
In Sweden, Mittmedia – publisher of 28 daily local newspapers – have been seriously discussing plans to cut 75 % of all journalistic jobs within the next Læs more
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.
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?
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
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.
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.