SND Co-hosts the First Middle East News Design Conference

The Society for News Design is honored to announce our 1st Middle East News Design Conference, which boasts an impressive roster of speakers and topics, all set in the gorgeous and vibrant cosmopolitan seaport of Beirut, the Pearl of the Middle East.

This two-day event starts Nov. 8, 2012. The conference will have focus sessions on newspaper design and redesign, information graphics and platforms such as the web and tablet. It is organised by An-Nahar, the Lebanon-based newspaper, and the Society for News Design (SND).

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EXHIBITION

The award-winning pages from the Middle East selected in the Society for News Design Creative competition this year in Syracuse (USA) will be a parallel event at the Beirut conference. It will be possible to study the work of the winners in both English and Arabic language newspapers.

Informational graphics, features, illustrations, news design pages and pictures are some of the categories that will be showcased.

The SND competition is an annual worldwide event and gets more than

14,000 entries from more than 24 countries

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DAY 1: CONFERENCE

The Evolution of Arabic design in the news

In the last few years, the level of design quality in Arabic language publications has become professional. This presentation will show the advances and innovation in some Arab newspapers in the Middle East.

It's an unique opportunity to know about the publications and their innovation.

Speaker: Stephen Komives 

The challenge of changing format

Broadsheet is a traditional format in the region, but Gulf News, the leading English language newspaper, has become the first newspaper to adopt the Berliner format.  Mohammed Almezel, manager editor of Gulf News, will talk about the evolution of the newspaper, not only in print, but as a powerhouse of media organisation in the Gulf region.

Speaker: Mohammed Almezel   

Redesign and target audience

How Arabic newspapers are changing design and content. They are becoming easier to read through the use of more visual elements and less text. New strategies for printed newspapers and how to target the audience - old and young readers - without losing the serious and proper layout design.

Speaker: Ziad El-Kassis  

Switching channels - tips on cross-platform communication

Like any modern news provider, The Guardian publishes to a multitude of platforms. Delivering interactive content to all these readers can be a challenge. Every device has individual capabilities - what works on one may not look or feel appropriate to another. The delicate balance of design, data and storytelling at the heart of interactive news content can be hard to maintain in the face of cross-platform differences. This presentation covers some practical lessons learned whilst bringing our work to desktop, tablet & mobile users.

Speaker: Alastair Dant

Arabic typography and the cultural connections

Working on her master's degree at Central Saint Martins in London, Rana discovered the need to simplify Arabic script to non-native speakers. As a result she designed the font family Mirsaal in both Latin and Arabic and created the book Cultural Connectives, a tool where rules of Arabic script are applied to Latin. Rana will share her experience and design process, building on her passion for typography and design cultures.

Speaker:Rana Abou Rjeily

Arabic design is great!

Explore the creative possibilities of Arabic design. Language is not a barrier to creating great pages. Discover the new tendencies in design specific for Arabic audiences and surprise your readers with intelligent and creative design pages.

Speaker: Osama Aljawish

Branding and cross cultural visual identities

The Middle East has witnessed a boom of branding (and re-branding) in the last decade. A rising design culture rightly shifted the developments of visual identities towards design studios rather than advertising agencies- and prompted the search for the development of identities that are genuinely local and a result of a growing arabic graphic design practice.

Cross cultural design considerations remain the main challenge in branding in our region nowadays: Particularly when it comes to brand validity across several sub-cultures within the Arab world, or when it comes to the importance of creating visual identities for publication brands.

Netherlands based Lebanese-Dutch designer Tarek Atrissi will discuss such branding challenges as well as Arabic typography and communication design considerations that plays an important part in branding practice in the Middle East today.

Speaker: Tarek Atrissi

 Infographics in the newsroom, a multilingual tool?

Certainly, images have an advantage over words to overpass cultural barriers; they appeal to our common nature as they have a heavy perceptual component that allow us to use them as a shortcut to knowledge. But there are certain limits to that. Specifically when talking about abstract concepts. You can be vague with words but rarely with images and that is why, in your everyday job, you must avoid the capital fails of an under-pressure newsroom: gratuitous visualization and "data-imagination".

Speaker: Luis Chumpitaz

Tips and tricks in the News Design competition

International competitions such as SND, IFRA and Malofiej are important opportunity to show what your creative staff are producing.In this session you will learn the tips on how your publications prepare their entries and increase the chances of winning. Times of Oman and Al Shabiba newspaper became award-winning publications in the Middle East in less than two years.

Speaker: Adonis Durado

The challenges in the design for Arab language publications

A step by step guide on how to organise and structure your design department to produce a better visually- oriented publication followed by a case study of recent Arab language newspapers redesigns.

Speaker: Douglas Okasaki

 

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DAY 2- WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP I/ DESIGN CRITICS for Arabic language publication

Participants will analyse their publication and discover what the best you can do to improve the design quality while respecting your audience .

In the workshop on day 2, participants will find the best design solution for all sections and learn to think visually, participants will analyse their product and work under the guidance of the trainer.

The workshop will give the participants a critique on their typography, color, layout and visual storytelling.

Workshop chairpersons: Adonis Durado and Osama Aljawish

WORKSHOP II/ INFOGRAPHICS

Making infographics, communicating through images Participants will work around certain topics to make a graphic, where they will recognize the different kinds of graphics, and how each of them is suitable or not to apply, according to the content. They will recognize the most common mistakes found not only in the world of the newspapers, but in information graphics in general.

Participants will be given a feedback of their work, regarding visual communication and its use in the newsroom.

Workshop trainer: Luis Chumpitaz

contact: design@luischumpitaz.com

All participants will receive a certificate.

LUIS CHUMPITAZ

Dubai Media Incorporate - UAE

Luis Chumpitaz is an intrepid explorer of multi-lingual design and journalism who, over the past 15 years, has worked for Spanish, English, Arabic, Indian and Chinese media companies. He is well know for his contribution at Comercio, Correo, Emirates 24|7, Emarat Al Youm and Al Bayan newspapers. His work has received several international awards from the Society of News Design (SND), the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Malofiej, considered the Pulitzer Prize of the infographics industry.

Today, Luis combines a busy job as the head of graphics for several Dubai-based newspapers with teaching at universities and participating in media conferences around the world.

As an active member of SND and WAN-IFRA, Luis favours a collaborative approach and pursues the highest ethical and artistic standards in all aspects of his work.

 

ADONIS DURADO
Al Shabiba and Times of Oman

Adonis Durado is the design director of Muscat Press and Publishing House, publisher of two major dailies in Oman - Times of Oman and Al Shabiba (in Arabic). In two years of working with the company, he has transformed its products from relatively unknown to the most awarded publications in the Middle East, winning more than 100 international accolades in the Society of News Design creative competition, Malofiej Infographic Awards, and the WAN-IFRA Asia Media Awards. Durado's work has also been awarded by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Design Annual, CA Typographics Annual, Tabbie Awards, and FOLIO's Eddie Awards. He has helped launch more than a dozen magazine and newspaper titles in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

SAMA ALJAWISH
Al Shabiba and Times of Oman

Osama Aljawish is senior designer of Al Shabiba and Times of Oman newspapers in Muscat, Osama has received several awards from the SND Creative Competition, including a gold and a JSR (judges special recognition).
Born and raised in Syria, he received his BA degree from Damascus University. He is a member of Fine Artists Association of Syria

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SPEAKERS

STEPHEN KOMIVES
Society for News Design-USA
The president of Society for News Design works as a graphics editor at the Chicago Tribune. He has previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News, Rocky Mountain News and The Times of Northwestern Indiana in various capacities, including art director, designer, graphics editor and artist.

ZIAD KASSIS
Art Director,
An Nahar Newspaper
Conference Chairman

He has over 17 years of experience in graphic design and ad consulting. He built a career with the Cooperative Printing Company (An-Nahar Group) from 1996 till 2010 and served as a graphic designer.

He was senior graphic designer and head of photo retouch department at Noun Magazine (An-Nahar Group), a monthly French women's magazine, from 1997 till 2005, art director for Nahar Ashabab and An-Nahar newspaper. Kassis has also conducted courses and training workshops related to professional photo retouching. He is member of the Lebanese Graphic Design syndicate and has worked as a consultant art director on several projects with Knowledge View, Al-Bustan Festival and K4 workflow, and for various newspapers such as Al Sharq Newspaper, Awan newspaper and l'Orient-Le-Jour newspaper.   

ALASTAIR DANT

Lead Interactive Technologist - Guardian News & Media

Since joining the Guardian, Alastair has played games with the UK budget, created one of Steve Jobs' favorite iPad apps, visualised the Wikileaks war logs and played ball with Twitter. This builds on two decades of tinkering, encompassing early experiments with BASIC, architecting popular children's games and assembling art pieces like the Folk Songs Project.

Having won a few awards for his work at the Guardian, he has recently been given the chance to build a small team aimed at pushing the boundaries of interactive news development. This has led to a series of talks and workshops in Europe and the US. 

MOHAMMED ALMEZEL

Managing Editor - Gulf News 

Mohammed Almezel is the Managing Editor of Gulf News, the Dubai-based leading English language daily in the region. Mohammed joined Gulf News 11 years ago as the Gulf Regional Bureau Chief. Prior to that, he worked in other organizations including the Arabic daily Al Khaleej, based in Sharjah.

He leads both the print and online teams in the region’s best selling daily and most visited news website according to the latest reports from Forbes and the Arab Media Forum.

Gulf News has recently went into a landmark transformation in its prints edition. it has gone from eh traditional broadsheet size to the futuristic Berliner size, a process that involved not only the press and production parts of the business but required a whole change of mindset in the newsroom to come up with a completely integrated story-telling technique.    

RANA ABOU RJEILY

Independent Designer

A Lebanese graphic and type designer based in Beirut, Rana graduated from Notre Dame University with a BA in Graphic Design and later acquired a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from Central Saint Martins, London. Rana is presently teaching typographic and design courses at Notre Dame University (NDU) since 2007. She is the author of Cultural Connectives, a typographic book bridging Arabic and Latin scripts.

TAREK ATRISSI

Tarek Atrissi Design - The Netherlands

Beirut born Tarek Atrissi runs his Netherlands based multi-disciplinary design studio, Tarek Atrissi Design (www.atrissi.com), specializing in Arabic design, branding, cross-cultural design and Arabic typography. Atrissi is one of the most recognized Arab designers in the world. His awards include the Adobe Design Achievement Awards; The Dutch Design award; and the Type Directors Club. His clients include Al-Ghad Newspaper in Jordan; the V&A Museum in London and "Mathaf" Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar. He lectures internationally about Arabic visual culture and he teaches at the department of Art, Media and Technology at the Utrecht School of the Arts in Holland.

OSAMA ALJAWISH

Al Shabiba and Times of Oman

A Senior Designer of Al Shabiba and Times of Oman newspaper in Muscat . Osama has received several awards from the SND Creative Competition, including gold and a JSR (judge’s special recognition).

Born and raised in Syria, he received his bachelors of Arts degree from Damascus University. He is a member of Fine Artists Association of Syria.

LUIS CHUMPITAZ

Dubai Media Incorporate - UAE

Luis Chumpitaz is an intrepid explorer of multi-lingual design and journalism who, over the past 15 years, has worked for Spanish, English, Arabic, Indian and Chinese media companies. He is well know for his contribution at Comercio, Correo, Emirates 24|7, Emarat Al Youm and Al Bayan newspapers. His work has received several international awards from the Society of News Design (SND), the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Malofiej, considered the Pulitzer Prize of the infographics industry.

Today, Luis combines a busy job as the head of graphics for several Dubai-based newspapers with teaching at universities and participating in media conferences around the world.

As an active member of SND and WAN-IFRA, Luis favours a collaborative approach and pursues the highest ethical and artistic standards in all aspects of his work

see interview.

ADONIS DURADO

Al Shabiba and Times of Oman

Adonis Durado is the design director of Muscat Press and Publishing House, publisher of two major dailies in Oman - Times of Oman and Al Shabiba (in Arabic). In two years of working with the company, he has transformed its products from relatively unknown to the most awarded publications in the Middle East, winning more than 100 international accolades in the Society of News Design creative competition, Malofiej Infographic Awards, and the WAN-IFRA Asia Media Awards. Durado's work has also been awarded by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Design Annual, CA Typographics Annual, Tabbie Awards, and FOLIO's Eddie Awards. He has helped launch more than a dozen magazine and newspaper titles in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

DOUGLAS OKASAKI

Society for News Design's regional director for Middle East and Africa and Gulf News senior designer

He works at Gulf News, Dubai - the Middle East's largest English daily - and handles the design of the Sports section. With his acumen and innovation, he has given a new look to the sports pages and his design has been recognised internationally.

He has already worked in Tokyo and Brazil in publications such as Folha de S.Paulo and O Globo Newspaper.

 

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