Jeff Goertzen is director of Education and Training for Society for News Design and senior artist/consultant with the Orange County Register (USA)
The Society for News Design (SND) has expanded its portfolio of publications, offering designers in the region a niche read
A desire to nurture and develop news media design in the Middle East led to the launch of “SND 20”, the region’s own design-focused magazine affiliated with the Society for News Design (SND). In line with the SND’s mission, the publication looks to showcase the region’s talent and encourage professionals to push the boundaries on visual journalism.
The launch of “SND 20” coincided with the SND Award exhibition, another first for the region as the annual event made its Middle Eastern debut. Award-winning examples of regional news design were exhibited at the event, which took place on November 20 at the American University of Sharjah. Steve Dorsey, President of SND, described the exhibition as an “eye-opener”, and expressed his hopes for the quality of work showcased to inspire others.
“Not much attention is paid to newspapers and everything that goes into producing them remains largely unknown. An exhibit that presents all the nuances that constitute what goes into the design of a newspaper is necessary. The fact that this exhibition profiled the terrific work of newspapers in the Middle East makes this type of event even more desirable,” said Dorsey.
“For the newspapers in the region that are still not up to speed in terms of design, this exhibition is an eye-opener to all the possibilities,” he added.
Profound innovation and unique flair have seen many professionals from the Middle East receive international acclaim. Considering the amount of talent the region has to offer, it only seems right that the Middle East has its own niche title, explains Douglas Okasaki, Regional Director, SND. “We hope that a dedicated magazine will serve as a convenient platform for creative minds to get to know each other. Through exposure, we look to not only highlight the rich talent here but spur creativity and development,” says Okasaki.
The magazine, set to be published quarterly, will cover the latest in industry news as well as some of the not-to-be-missed Arts and Culture events. The content will be driven by interviews with key players in news media design and features focused on some of the hottest trends.
Founded in 1979, SND is a non-profit international organisation for news media professionals and visual communicators. It is specifically for those who create print, web or mobile publications and products. SND has around 1,500 members worldwide, comprising artists, designers, editors, reporters, illustrators, photographers and code writers.
For all inquiries, please contact SND Regional Director Douglas Okasaki on +971 50 257 1639. Alternatively, e-mail email@example.com.
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