We have our first designer of the year winner! Congrats to Rob Byrd from Coastal Carolina University’s Tempo Magazine. Rob Byrd wins one of the $750 travel grants to the annual SND workshop Sept. 7-9, 2008, in Las Vegas. The judges said his worked showed sparse, beautiful visual editing.
All of the finalists except one in this category came from smaller, tabloid-shaped papers. The judges said it’s easier to do more visual, snappy design with small-format covers, and they said most of the broadsheets they saw today didn’t quite have it together for the larger format. Tight editing was another consideration- other finalists had less than five items in their portfolios, but they still showed diverse skills.