Anonymous said: What in your opinion is the future of news design? (Bringing out the big guns early :) - @stewartsc
Damn Stewart, you went there. Well that’s kind of the beauty of the future, right? We’re just all sort of beautifully tumbling into it, and trying to grasp it is ultimately ungraspable: what’s next. That said, I love the present state of news design, and see a lot of really amazing work out there that I think will be iterated upon in ways that will form new ways of interacting and receiving the news. Personally, I think I’m at the company with the greatest amount of passion strapped with a lot of means to turn passion into results and products.
The big mainstays are also taking some wonderful stabs at this stuff, seeing what NYT is putting out with its apps and overall approach to coherent design across multiple products. There seems to be a real grown-up-at-the-wheel vibe happening there. There are great things happening still at Bloomberg, especially in the graphics and apps department. You can see the roots of how we can approach interesting content for some time in those properties, along with what’s been happening at Newsweek and Time, both undergoing pretty substantial facelifts and efforts to connect to contemporary readers and their devices.
Design is also very much helping guide efforts now more than ever before, even seeing some of the more incredible page treatments coming from NYT in print, that help convey context and impact of content. I don’t think we’d have a cover like the LeBron sports cover from them even 10 years ago, and I think that’s a result of really great design execution. So things look bright, but I temper all of that with what we’ll expect as media organizations from ourselves and our audiences. We should aspire for a great future, but there are bottom lines and old ways of thinking that could prevent us from really getting there, and that’d be a shame.
marleigiela said: hey dude! what's your favorite thing to make? what do you want to do that you've never done?
Tough to say, really. Everything has such different contexts and goals, but also seems to blend together as means to showcase a sensibility or thought. So in terms of personal work, would have to say right now it’s the drawings, and figuring out what that’s all leading to. I suspect it’s whatever the thing is I eventually want to make, be that a kids book, or some sort of weird art app, or maybe sculptures or a magazine. I’m not really sure what thing is out there that I am dying to make because I feel like at any given moment, the thing I’m making could be it. Hoping some of that made sense.