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Thursday, April 20


Designing with … FOOD
There’s a saying we eat with our eyes first. So how do chefs plan dishes to impress the eyes and the palate? Chefs Paul Verica and Ashley Boyd discuss how they conceptualize new menus and desserts, design their plates, and make sure their restaurant’s message is made clear through to readers through the food they serve. Did we say readers? We meant diners. Just like print and digital designers, chefs must often decide between innovation and accessibility while working in a deadline-driven environment. 

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Kristen Wile

Senior Editor, Charlotte Magazine
Kristen Wile, senior editor of Charlotte magazine and editor of Charlotte Home + Garden, moved to Charlotte in 2012 from Washington, D.C., where she worked for The Washington Post. Her first job at the paper was sorting mail, before she joined the Weekend section and Going Out Guide... Read More →

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Ashley Boyd

Pastry chef, 300 East
Boyd is a Charlotte native who’s been working in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years, with a specialty in desserts. Boyd splits her time between 300 East and Heritage Food & Drink, where she’s been working alongside Chef Paul Verica for a little over a year now. Boyd’s... Read More →
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Paul Verica

Heritage Food and Drink, Chef/Owner
Verica was one of 20 chefs recently nominated for the Best Chef in the Southeast award by the prestigious James Beard Foundation. Heritage, which was ranked as the top restaurant in Charlotte last year, is nestled in a small town just outside the city limits, which Verica describes... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


PANEL: How The New York Times is creating a more visual newsroom
With the release of the 2020 Report, The New York Times made it clear that our future rests on visual storytelling. Designers from both the editorial and product teams will discuss the various routes through which we are applying design principles to redefine our core storytelling structures and to elevate the role of design and designers in the process.

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Meghan Louttit

Art Director/Multimedia Editor, The New York Times
Meghan Louttit is the deputy editor of The New York Times Digital News Design team, managing those responsible for some of our most visually compelling stories. She is a three-time News & Documentary Emmy award winner, Scripps-Howard Journalism Awards judge, and her work has been... Read More →
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Angelica McKinley

Graphics/Multimedia Editor, New York Times
ANGELICA MCKINLEY is a designer and front end web developer at The New York Times where she crafts digital storytelling for a wide range of projects including breaking news, long-form narratives and social media. Also, she serves as the design instructor for the New York Times Student... Read More →
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Rodrigo de Benito Sanz

Digital Art Director, The New York Times Magazine
Rodrigo de Benito Sanz is the Digital Art Director of The New York Times Magazine, where he experiments with editorial design online and explores new ideas for storytelling in digital media. Previously, he designed and developed interactive and immersive applications for museums and... Read More →
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Jasmine Wiggins

Product Designer, New York Times
JASMINE WIGGINS is a product designer at The New York Times where she collaborates with editorial design and product teams to develop reader-first platform experiences driven by user research. Previously, Wiggins has worked at National Geographic, USA Today, and The Baltimore Sun... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Carolina A+C Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Designing for ... AUDIO: Three keys for successful platform design at NPR

The Digital Media Design team at NPR strives to design experiences that meet listeners and readers across the all places they are now and will be in the future—websites, smartphones, tablets, connected cars, connected homes, wearables, and more.

Over the past several years, the team has launched and iterated on NPR One—NPR’s personalized, on-demand listening service—on over a dozen platforms. At the same time, we’ve redesigned large swaths of NPR.org, entirely rebuilt the web audio player, created essential internal editorial tools, and embarked on a ground-up rebuilt of the flagship NPR mobile app. Through all these projects, maintaining a consistent, shared vision of how we reach audiences and serve journalism has been essential.

In this presentation, I'll discuss three keys to successful platform and product design at NPR—audience-centric research & design processes, service to journalists, and partnership with local stations. I'll explore how these key themes impact our work and share the lessons we’ve learned in designing products that scale while meeting the needs of each of these core constituencies.

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Daniel Newman

Deputy Creative Director, NPR
Daniel Newman is the Deputy Creative Director at NPR.

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Designing for ... VOICE

With the advent of voice-activated products and platforms, more news companies are dipping their toes in voice and conversational bots. For designers, this raises the question—how do you approach design when it’s invisible? In her session, Sanette Tanaka will go over how her team designed an Amazon Echo bot, never having worked with voice interfaces prior. She will walk you through the steps she followed to adapt her design process for voice, and introduce some methods that you can incorporate in your own newsroom.

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Sanette Tanaka

Product Designer, Vox
Tanaka works on Vox Media’s publishing platform and content management system, which empowers Vox’s editorial brands to do its best storytelling. Previously, she covered real estate for The Wall Street Journal, and continues to report on a freelance basis. She believes her journalism... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Designing for … NEWSLETTERS
Newsletters have emerged as an easy way to reach audiences with low tech lift, while having a path to monetization. Media startups are understanding the power of the newsletter -- the just-launched Axios already has a popular morning briefing and CNN's Reliable Sources by Brian Stelter breaks news and is building a brand beyond television and direct connection to audiences. Other newsletters like TheSkimm and Lennyletter have galvanized women. In the last year, Quartz launched two newsletters - a Spanish-language newsletter, La Agenda Quartz, and a lifestyle focused newsletter called Quartzy that has drawn advertisers such as Chanel and Shinola. This session will explore newsletter design and strategy -- how it has evolved, the potential of it, suggested best practices and where the opportunities still are.

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Priya Ganapati

Product Director, Quartz
Priya Ganapati manages product development at Quartz focusing on newsletters, ads, new products and external platforms at Quartz. Prior to that she was at The Wall Street Journal, as one of the first editors in the newsroom dedicated specifically to mobile products and then became... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204
Friday, April 21


Designing for ... TRUST
Trust in the news is collapsing, even as hoax news and information are on the rise. How can journalists show the hard work and care behind the news and win back our trusted role in civil society? The Trust Project, a consortium of news organizations, is developing solutions to boost high-quality news in distribution systems and show the methods behind it. Sally Lehrman director and founder, will share findings from the project’s design thinking approaches and the solutions design and product teams are working on, informed in part by a 2016 partnership with SND. 

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Sally Lehrman

Director, Journalism Ethics Program and the Trust Project, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Sally Lehrman, who directs the journalism ethics program and its signature Trust Project, is an award-winning reporter on medicine and science policy who brings a focus on science, technology and social diversity to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She has long been involved in evangelizing journalism values and ethics as a local and national leader in the Society... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Designing for … BEER
Sure, you drink IPAs and have dabbled in homebrewing. Would you go giving advice to an acclaimed craft brewery owner? Just like too many people in newsrooms think they can design as well as a designer, drinkers think they can jump into beer and compete with the best.

Owner of NoDa Brewing Suzie Ford discusses how her company works with designers to create a brand that is recognizable and why it’s important to have the product and acclaim that back it up.

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Suzie Ford

Owner, NoDa Brewing Company
The most liked woman in the NoDa Brewery Company group, Suzie is a details-oriented free spirit. She is a proud mom, diet coke lover and general fan of Top 40 music. She once worked in motorsports marketing and is a vanilla ice fan. She is originally from California, and plays lady... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Mecklenburg 1 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Designing with ... THE CSS GRID
Now that CSS Grid is here, what are we going to do with it? Sure, we can create page layouts very similar to the ones we’ve been using for the last decade, but CSS Grid also opens up a world of new possibilities. Graphic designers of the 20th century fell in love with using a grid for their layouts. How might we apply their ideas to the web, and what might have to change? What do we need to think about when designing for this new paradigm? In this far-ranging talk, Jen will explore the realities and possibilities of new layout technologies and how they will change our craft. You'll leave with exciting new techniques and ideas for your design and development toolkit — and, more importantly, with the inspiration to create bold, new, previously unimagined layouts for the 21st century.

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Jen Simmons

Designer Advocate, Mozilla
Dubbed “the Terry Gross of the tech industry,” Jen Simmons is the host and executive producer of The Web Ahead. Her in-depth interviews explain emerging technology and predict the future of the web — and won the 2015 Net Award for Podcast of the Year.Jen is a Designer and Developer... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Carolina A+C Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Designing for … STORYTELLING: Visual journalism at scale
Visual journalism at scale: How The New York Times is developing more powerful storytelling tools in its CMS and digital platforms, and transforming the newsroom's ability to tell stories in more visual and digitally-native ways. 

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Matt Ericson

Associate Editor, The New York Times
Matthew Ericson is an associate editor on the masthead of The New York Times, where he helps guide the development of the tools and platforms used to present the Times's journalism, working closely with teams in product and technology. Previously, he was the deputy graphics director... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Carolina A+C Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204


Designing for … CONVERSATION

Lauren Leto and Sam Williams both build conversational products, but they come at it from completely different ways.

Leto is an author, entrepreneur and product nerd best known for co-founding the viral website, “Texts From Last Night.” Her latest product, “Listen,” could fundamentally change how we use mobile devices by treating phone numbers as usernames and prioritizing conversation like a social feed. Williams is a software engineer for the Quartz bot studio, where he helped build the organization’s first news app and tinkers with experimental projects.

In this session, Leto and Williams will share tips, tricks, and lessons learned from their efforts to build conversational products inside and outside the newsroom.

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Kyle Ellis

Senior Product Manager, American City Business Journals
Visual journalist turned product owner with a penchant for producing collaborative innovation events for media and civic technology communities. Energized by blue-sky ideation and fulfilled by collaborative execution, Kyle believes that data-driven decision making, a deep understanding... Read More →

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Lauren Leto

CEO, Listen Inc. (Texts From Last Night)
Leto is co-founder of Texts From Last Night. Her latest project, Listen, is an app that helps users manage their texts and calls. In 2012 she wrote Judging a Book by its Lover, published by an imprint of HarperCollins. Read the SND CLT interview with Leto... Read More →
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Sam Williams

Senior Software Engineer, Quartz
Sam Williams is obsessed with rethinking journalism, working with data and making cool things at Quartz. He worked previously at Macmillan Publishers where he worked on various digital products, primarily focused on higher ed learning. He also has an unhealthy obsession with bitcoin... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Mecklenburg 3 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204