Designing for a Universe: Development in the Modern Digital Newsroom

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January 29, 2016 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Designing for a Universe: Development in the Modern Digital Newsroom
Originally Broadcast On:
January 29, 2016
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Design in a digital newsroom means designing for a growing network of devices, forms and contexts. That includes everything from responsive websites to native apps, smart watches to jumbo TV screens—as well as everything in between.

In this webinar, you'll learn how to define, capture and execute design ideas for many different devices, and how to transition from created fixed designs to a more fluid approach. We’ll discuss how to make the move from desktop-first to mobile-first, as well as what comes after that.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to recognize the key benefits and drawbacks of responsive websites and native apps.
  • How to transition from a traditional “desktop-first” mindset to a “mobile-first” one.
  • How to articulate and develop design ideas for different digital contexts.
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who wants to learn more about designing sites and apps in a modern digital newsroom, or those looking to gain a better understanding of how modern news products comes together.

Course Instructor:

David Sleight

David became ProPublica’s first design director in May of 2014. Previously, he worked with numerous startups through his Brooklyn-based design consultancy, Stuntbox, specializing in UX and responsive web design. Before that, he led the interactive design team at, and helped build some of the first web-based textbooks at Pearson Education. He’s served as a regular columnist at A List Apart magazine and a member of Readability’s board of advisors.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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