Jeremy Gilbert of Medill speaks on the process of newspaper design Photo

Jeremy Gilbert of Medill speaks on the process of newspaper design

January 20, 2009, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
2133 Sheridan Rd. Evanston , IL 60208


We will explore the anatomy of newspaper design delving into why's and how's of a process that starts each afternoon with a blank sheet of newsprint and ends with a folded newspaper on the doorstep. This fast-paced form of design is very much a product of its historical roots, the journalists who practice the craft, the materials and the manufacturing process. Hear about the tools and techniques that newspaper designers use that enable them to design multiple iterations of important pages in a couple of hours and as many as a dozen pages in a single night.


Jeremy is an assistant professor teaching interactive storytelling, web and print design tools and techniques. Before coming to Medill in the fall of 2008, he lead The Poynter Institute in rethinking and redesigning its industry leading website, Poynter Online. He helped the Institute rethink and segment its web properties, adding new tools and user-friendly navigation. He also served as the Poynter Institute's design editor for online/marketing. Jeremy also worked as sports design director for the St. Petersburg Times ('04-'06) and art director of The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida ('01-'04) redesigning both newspapers. Previously he worked as a user interaction designer for BrassRing, online human resources provider, and as a graphic designer for Viant, an Internet consultancy. He has interned as a newspaper designer at the The Austin American-Statesman, Portland Oregonian and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.