Design for non-designers (Design Track)

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Lena Groeger of ProPublica; Angelica McKinley of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Grand Ballroom III
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Anyone can improve the design and usability of a journalistic project (from a basic story page to an interactive graphic) with a few simple fixes. Even if you have zero experience in design and concepts like "alignment" and "contrast" seem like technical jargon, this session is for you. We'll go through 10 design rules of thumb, covering everything from typography to interaction to color, and apply them to real live news examples. By the end of this workshop, you'll be able to recognize poor designs and identify how to fix them, and you’ll be on your way to creating your own designs with better organization, unity and clarity.

Speaker Bios

  • Lena Groeger is an investigative journalist and developer at ProPublica, where she makes interactive graphics and writes about design’s real world consequences. She is on the board of the Society for News Design, and has taught classes on design and data visualization at NYU, The New School, CUNY and UC Berkeley. Before joining ProPublica in 2011, Groeger covered health and science at Scientific American and Wired magazine.  @lenagroeger

  • Angelica McKinley (formerly Rogers) works at the intersection of design, journalism and technology in the Bay Area. Previously, she was a founding member of Slack’s brand design team and a consultant for The Pulitzer Prizes. Before that, Angelica was a digital art director at The New York Times where she received SND and ONA awards for her work. She started her career at The Roanoke Times and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University. Twitter: @angelicadesigns.

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