Design quick course set for May 7 at WSU
Apr 21, 2011 3:13 PM | Print

The Society for News Design is hosting a Back to Basics Quick Course from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in Wichita State University's Elliott Hall.

Registration is free for SND members; $35 for non-members.
To register, go to

Get the basic design rules – tips for the best use of typography, color, grid, selection of images and possibilities for creating interactivity, all while learning the latest trends in readership and news, metro and sports design. Learn about teamwork, how to art direct without an art director and how to bring new life to your projects.

Hear what goes into redesigning a major metro newspaper, what works and what doesn't work, and what you can take back to your paper right now to freshen up your design without going through a revolutionary redesign process.

Bring your portfolios and work samples for individual critiques.
Featured speakers include:

  • Melissa Angle, a designer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she works on Sunday A1, special projects and visual planning. She also helped launch the AJC's redesign in May 2009. Angle is a graduate of WSU's Elliott School of Communication (ESC).
  • Bill Bootz, lead sports designer at The Oklahoman, where he became part of the redesign team in 2008. The Oklahoman's redesign was recognized by SND with an Award of Excellence in 2009.
  • Tim Parks, deputy news and presentation editor at the Omaha World-Herald, where he has also served as assistant sports editor/presentation and lead sports designer. A 1992 graduate of Fort Hays State University, he was the 2009 Sports Designer of the Year. He won five SND awards in 2009 and two in 2008, including a silver medal. He also has worked at the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.
  • Sara Quinn, teacher of visual journalism, leadership, social media and multimedia at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Before joining the faculty in 2003, Sara spent nearly 20 years working in newspaper newsrooms, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida and her hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle. She is a WSU graduate. Sara directed Poynter's EyeTrack study of newspaper and online reading habits in four U.S. cities.

For more information, contact Amy DeVault, ESC instructor, (316) 978-6052 or

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