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Thursday, April 4


Advancing Your HTML and CSS Skills
Limited Capacity filling up

Description: As new CSS technologies emerge, editorial designers working on the web now have a pretty comprehensive set of tools to produce quality layout. In this workshop we will take a look into how some CSS tricks can advance your storytelling skills.
Who it's for: Digital designers working in the editorial field or generally interested in layout and news.
Prior knowledge: Basic HTML and CSS.

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Kurt Cunningham

Co-Founder, Made by Munsters
Kurt Cunningham is the co-founder of Made By Munsters. As a former reporter, Kurt shifted into design and development early in his career. Hes led digital product development for Tampico Beverages, ThinkCERCA, as well as crafting experiences for a number of clients. Kurt is a motivated and adaptive innovative thinker who enjoys data-dri... Read More →
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Joey Kirk

CEO + Co-Founder, Made by Munsters
Joey Kirk is the co-founder of Made By Munsters. By way of journalism, Joey has been leading teams for a decade to design and develop digital experiences for clients, such as ESPN, The Biz Journals, Codecademy, Bloc and the Tribune Company (Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
Geneva Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


The Type Workshop: Sponsored by Font Bureau
Limited Capacity seats available

A unique aspect of this day-long workshop is that the session leaders will work on your projects. Bring a current idea and they will help you workshop it in the afternoon. Need a view on your brand refresh? Have a new section you?re launching? Interested in extending your type to other platforms? Whatever you are thinking about doing, take the opportunity to get solid advice and direction from these distinguished type experts. Read more about what to expect here.

Sponsored by Font Bureau


10:00 Introductions
10:10   Headline schedules. What we can learn from the 20th century.
10:30   Local = Brand. Why special typography for news publications matters.
10:50   How you can use variable fonts nowPractical tips, fonts and links.
11:10   Unsolicited Redesigns. NYT, WP, LAT.
11:30   Typography in a cross-platform world.

11:50    The Crit: Participants bring type projects* for review by the leaders.
With general discussion. If you don?t bring them, we will grab them off the web
and do instant redesigns.

12:30  Lunch: Provided by Google Fonts

2:00     The Workshop: Participants collaborate with Eduardo, Lucas and Roger for one-on-one sessions on specific projects. Presentations to follow (around 4:00) for open feedback.

* Bring your laptop.

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Roger Black

Since the weekly LA in 1972, Roger Black has been chief art director or consultant for publications including Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Esquire. While continuing to work on publications, hes on the board at Type Network, distributor of type from d... Read More →
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Lucas Czarnecki

Digital Editor, TYPE
Lucas Czarnecki is a typographer and educator. After teaching the first-ever course on Typography and Graphic Design at the University of Virginia, Lucas became a letterpress printer at the Virginia Art of the Book Center, home to the largest collection of moveable type in Virginia. He founded the Charlottesville Design Week, Virginias first design festival, and Type365, a typography blog read by thousands... Read More →
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Eduardo Danilo

CEO & Creative Director, Danilo Design Group
Designer, Typographer, Art Director, Information Architect, Technologist, Business Professional. Eduardo Danilo is CEO & Creative Director @ Danilo Design Group

Thursday April 4, 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL, USA


Fail Fast to Succeed Sooner: Design, Prototype and User Test with Adobe XD
Limited Capacity filling up

The sooner you can see your designs in action, the sooner you can iterate and achieve success. Learn how to design, prototype, and user test an app with Adobe XD. We'll start with high-fidelity designs, apply industry best practices, and use powerful user interface kits to speed up your design. Then, we'll switch to Prototyping mode to create interactions and define the best flow to follow.
In this workshop you'll learn how to:
  • Design a modern mobile app
  • Create a fully working prototype on your iOS device
  • Share a web link to collect feedback and iterate
  • Manage colors and typography, and bring in images from Photoshop and icons from Illustrator
  • Run user testing sessions on your device to learn fast

No coding experience is necessary to enjoy this class. Any designer with basic experience using Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign will be prepared to start prototyping mobile apps.

We?re excited you?re coming to this session. Please remember to bring your computer and download the latest version of XD before you arrive.

You can access a free version of the product through this link. The workshop is going to be hands-on so this will help us all be ready to do more.

Looking forward to meeting you on Thursday!

Val Head

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Val Head

Adobe XD Evangelist, Adobe
Val Head is the author of Designing Interface Animation and a design advocate at Adobe. ... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Geneva Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722


Immersive Computing for Journalism: Designing for AR and VR
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Immersive computing technologies offer unique storytelling challenges and opportunities for designers. What kinds of stories lend themselves to AR or VR treatment? How do we help viewers know what?s important in an environment where they control the camera? What can we do to build experiences that are safe and accessible for our audiences?

This session will highlight some of the lessons learned from 3 years of AR/VR experimentation at Knight Lab. We?ll also discuss practical tools for getting started and end with a hands-on mobile AR prototyping exercise so you can start integrating immersive media into your design practice right away.

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Rebecca Poulson

Knight Lab
Rebecca Poulson is the Technical Program Manager for Emerging Platforms at Northwestern Universitys Knight Lab. Her career experience includes professional theater and software engineering and she will gladly tell you how she uses her art history degree every day. In addition to leading AR/VR projects... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA


Becoming a Better Photo Editor
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will look at ways anyone selecting images for publication can improve, coaching in a hands-on dialogue with several examples and exercises. Think about how ? and where ? you use images. What's best in a given situation ? in print, on a site or a table or on social? What does effective cropping feel like across so many platforms? We will work through ideas together. 

This session will be led by Akili-Casundria Ramsess, executive director of the National Press Photographers Association

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National Press Photographers Association
The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.The NPPA is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists. Our organization... Read More →
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Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Executive Director, NPPA
Akili Ramsess became the current Executive Director of NPPA in April 2016. After serving as Director of Photography with the Orlando Sentinel from 2007 through 2011, Akili returned to her family home in the Atlanta area where she continues as an independent photographer, contract photo editor and multimedia producer.Prior to the Sentinel... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL, USA
Friday, April 5


Stop Fighting your CMS: Creating a Better Editorial Experience with Gutenberg
For a long time, the ability to create powerful and dynamic web experiences rested in the hands of developers. Even something as simple as adding a call to action in the middle of an article could be a confusing process.

The recent release of the Gutenberg editor for WordPress, however, blows wide open the capability for editors themselves to create engaging content without needing to rely on unintuitive menus or painful workflows. At this talk, we will look at a few projects built by Upstatement using Gutenberg and discuss both the advantages and challenges of this new editor.

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Jon Heller

Jon Heller is an engineering manager and technical lead at Upstatement, a Boston-based digital studio. He has helped create new digital experiences for companies including PBS Newshour, the Center for Public Integrity, Cornell University, Texas Monthly, Comcast, and Sunoco. In his 15 years of experience on the web, he has worked in industries such a... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Medill Chicago 303 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA
Saturday, April 6


Powering Up: Speed Conceptual Thinking
A hands-on workshop with productive mental and visual exercises energizes the final day of the conference. Join Deborah Withey and learn how to enhance the abstract part of your brain to take your creative vision from concept to concrete. Experimentation encouraged.

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Deborah Withey

creative + therapeutic arts practitioner, cheese + pickles design studio
Deb is a designer, illustrator, printmaker and educator inspired daily by what she sees and experiences. Deb is widely admired for the incredible storytelling sophistication she has brought to publications large and small, including several Worlds Best-Designed Newspapers. She is also... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Geneva Room ? Swissotel 323 EAST UPPER WACKER DRIVE, CHICAGO, IL 60601-9722