Master class: Design thinking for journalists **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Lena Groeger of ProPublica; Angelica McKinley of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Crystal Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Skill level: Beginner

Speakers: Angelica McKinley and Lena Groeger.

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 "responsiveness" seem like technical jargon, this session is for you. We'll go through our favorite design rules of thumb, covering everything from typography to interaction to accessibility, and apply them to real-life examples in the news and beyond.

We’ll also cover:

  • Thinking like a user
  • Designing for inclusiveness
  • Ambiguity in design
  • How and when to break the rules

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.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited.

NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

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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