Does your print or online product need a makeover or at least great ideas for package planning? Then, spend four days with one of the best college media and Society of News Design has to offer. Whether you work in newspapers, magazines, online or yearbooks, our faculty will look at fonts, packages, furniture and white space to improve your visual appeal.
The top five reasons you should participate in the Design/Redesign track at the Summer Workshop:
- Build a stronger working knowledge of how publication connects with readers through presentation
- Focus on fundamentals, with an eye on design trends.
- Build your confidence in communicating with editors and staff on design.
- Work on a redesign that focuses first on content. Then building upon what works and strengthening what doesn’t.
- By the end of the workshop you will be able to take design style sheets and new design mock ups back to your publication for use for the next school year.
Ron Johnson will be leading the Design/Redesign track for print. He is the director of student media at Indiana University, Bloomington, students produce the Indiana Daily Student daily newspaper, Arbutus yearbook and Inside magazine. The publications, their sites and social media serve thousands of readers, and their student journalists earn top national honors. Johnson is past president of three journalism associations – the national College Media Advisers and the Western Association of University Publications Managers, as well as Kansas Associated Collegiate Press. CMA named him to its adviser hall of fame in 2012. He is a former board member of the Student Press Law Center, in Washington, D.C., and remains on its advisory board. Before coming to IU in 2008, Johnson taught editing, design and visual journalism at Kansas State University for 19 years. For 15 of those years, he directed student publications and advised the students who produced the award-winning Kansas State Collegian daily newspaper. He is a 1981 graduate of Fort Hays State University (Kan.), where he edited both the newspaper and yearbook. In 1982 he earned a master’s in journalism at the University of Kansas. In 1985, after teaching high-school English and writing for the Wichita Eagle-Beacon (Kan.), he returned to Fort Hays to direct the journalism program and advise its publications. When the U.S. Supreme Court trimmed the press rights of public high-school journalists in its 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier case, Johnson led the lobbying in Kansas to restore those rights. In 1992, Kansas became the sixth state to pass legislation offsetting the decision and securing the rights of high-school advisers. He is a long-time contributor to the international Society for News Design, and he edited six annual editions of the society’s Best of Newspaper Design book. Johnson has taught at numerous workshops and conventions across the nation and in Canada. His primary focus is on newspaper design, as well as copy editing, grammar and newsroom management.