Looking back and ahead to SND
In the Spring of 2011 I didn’t enroll in a news design course at Syracuse University. I, instead, enrolled in a magazine course. It was the en vogue course and I arrogantly thought I didn’t need the design class - I thought I was already a great news designer.
"I just don’t want to waste a class," I remember telling Sherry Taylor, an SU faculty member, and one of my mentors.
She nodded in understanding, but thankfully convinced me to drop that dumb magazine class and get myself into that news design course. “The design class gets to go to SND every year,” she said knowingly.
And thank goodness for Ms.Taylor’s brilliant guidance because without her, who knows where I’d be today?
At SND Syraucse there is always a panel before the competition for students. At SND 32 I was there, kind of in the back, my portfolio in hand for a critique (that turned out to be excruciatingly embarrassing) and just kind of in awe that I was getting this close with real-life professional visual journalists. The all stars of our industry were right there, sharing their secrets of success. More impressionable, however, was a young woman, an industry newbie, Andrea Zagata, from one of the Detroit papers.
She talked about her new career, the path she took and just gave great insight for someone like me who very much wanted to follow in her footsteps, only a couple paces in front of me.
During the competition I soaked in all the glorious pages, the winners, the losers - they were all beautiful. It was like my future - a future in visual journalism - became very real and attainable for me.
Three years later, I’m headed back to SND with that future realized. I have no delusions that my work will receive any kind of recognition - I’m not there yet. Instead, I’m going to focus on meeting some awesome people, check out some of the best pages in the world and just appreciate the opportunity to be part of a great industry.
2:00 am • 12 January 2014 • 1 note
The Denver Post gets everything right with this page. I can’t imagine how horrible it is to be having to put these pages together, again and again.
(h/t Charles Apple)
2:04 pm • 14 December 2013 • 11 notes
Robert and the VicAd crew put together an awesome front page today. Check out the rest of the Newseum’s Top Ten.
2:45 pm • 22 November 2013 • 1 note
“It’s great to print nice news for a change, and Lois Lane was happy to come out of retirement for this special assignment,” said Chronicle Managing Editor Audrey Cooper.
Page by Frank Mina/ The Chronicle
3:02 pm • 15 November 2013 • 10 notes
Red Eye and Express, bringing the lulz as always.
via Charles Apple
12:42 pm • 17 October 2013
Newspapers commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech where he shared his dream for America. We loved the simple, bold treatment of Chicago’s RedEye. We encourage you to look at the dozens of other front pages that covered this historic event, each from a unique perspective.
Heeeeeey Victoria Advocate.
5:01 pm • 28 August 2013 • 600 notes
His husband, her wife…
Forum, August 23, 2013
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator
A piece so smart, so subtle and so provocative needs an immediate acknowledgement (see note below). The juxtaposition of Andrea’s simple words and everyday images really drives home the point that the notion of gay marriage is far from sinister, but rather simply unfamiliar to some. Once the unfamiliar becomes routine, irrational fear strips away.
This also marks the debut of a regularly occurring feature that we call “OpinionArt,” a combination of words and pictures by The Plain Dealer’s inimitable Andrea Levy.
Last, we’re very proud to have a small part in carving out a place for visual journalists to express their own ideas in their own way. It’s gonna be a fun ride!
* Sorry the blog has been a little spotty of late, but The Not-so-Plain has been a little busy in July and August, what with a significant redesign and a major reorganization of content. There’ll be a more extensive post on that soon, but we simply had to find time to post this today.
Andrea Levy is my hero.
1:49 pm • 23 August 2013 • 10 notes
A little old, but still perfect.
6:29 pm • 8 August 2013 • 1 note