Back Where It All Began

Chicago will play host to the next SND Annual Workshop & Exhibition from April 4-6, 2019 in the city where the very first Society for News Design workshop was held 40 years ago in 1979. SND’s partner is Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism; the event will take place at the Medill downtown Chicago campus and the nearby Swissotel, both right on the Chicago River.

APRIL 4-6, 2019

Hotel: $179 per night

Sheraton Grand Chicago

DESIGN ACROSS PLATFORMS

Optimal Inspiration
& Useful Training

SND CHICAGO: Three days of talks, training, community and inspiration about the future (and past) of storytelling, visual journalism and news products across all mediums.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Three Action-Packed Days

The full schedule will be announced soon. We are planning three days of talks, training, workshops, social events and field trips around Chicago.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

Focus

Register for half-day or full-day training sessions focused on real-world skills, such as HTML and CSS, D3.js, mapping, augmented reality, web typography and more. We are also planning a workshop for students. All attendees are welcome to sign-up for any of these sessions as part of the registration fee.

Thursday evening

Join us for the opening party and reception.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Inspiration

A day of talks at Medill and the Swissotel meant to inspire, challenge and provoke. We’ll cover a range of topics, disciplines and formats. This day is for anyone who believes in strong design as fundamental in telling stories. There will be time for breaks, networking, socializing and exploring the city as well.

Friday evening

Awards, receptions and a special event.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Evolution

The final day of sessions, workshops and exhibitors at Medill and the Swissotel. Multiple tracks, breakout sessions and hands-on demonstrations will allow attendees to focus on how to evolve skills and push ideas forward. Students and recent graduates can participate in a portfolio review.

Saturday evening

You won’t want to miss the closing night.

THE VENUES

Three Locations in the Heart of the City

MEDILL

Medill’s downtown Chicago location at 303 E. Wacker offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. This new modern workspace was designed to be both inspiring and reflective of the changes happening in today’s fast-paced, social and technology-driven climate, preparing students to take their careers in media into the future.

SWISSOTEL

With a walkway to Medill’s downtown campus, the Swissotel, located at 323 E Upper Wacker, is a modern location for the larger gatherings of SND CHICAGO. Attendees will usually assemble here for all-hands activities and events. The Swissotel also offers several spaces that make it easy for SND workshop attendees looking for a respite close to the action.

SHERATON GRAND

Register for a hotel room now: SND has secured a room block at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, which is just across the Chicago River at 301 E North Water St. The hotel is a short walk from the venues where workshop sessions will be held. The room rate is $179 per night and is available for SND attendees from April 3-7. We suggest registering now. Rooms will sell out.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Register for SND Chicago

We’re looking forward to seeing you: Take advantage of special rates now

GET INVOLVED

Apply to Help at SND Chicago

JOIN THE TEAM: We’re seeking volunteers to help us run the Society for News Design’s next annual Workshop and Exhibition in Chicago — from setup on Wednesday, April 3, through the closing party on Saturday, April 6.

Thanks to the committee for their hard work in bringing SND to Chicago: Matt Mansfield and Zach Wise (co-chairs), Jonathon Berlin, Chuck Burke, Paige Connor, Kyle Ellis, Bill Gaspard, K. Marlatt, Alyson Morris and Stacy Sweat.

SND CHICAGO SPONSORS

Partners & Supporters

Thanks to our generous sponsors for their help with this annual workshop in Chicago

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