Steve Dorsey is the vice president for R+D at the Detroit Media Partnership, the vice president of the Society for News Design, and a design consultant. He’s been involved in user-centered information design research for many years as well as product design, deadline art direction and production. Steve joined the DMP after working for 11 years at the Detroit Free Press, most recently as the deputy managing editor/presentation + innovation.
In the past year Steve has led efforts at the Detroit Free Press and Detroit Media Partnership working with IDEO to train and instill design-thinking and human-centered design principles in the organization’s recent business and delivery model shift, to coordinate qualitative market research and lead a complete redesign of the Free Press. More recently he’s worked with a team of local, national and international partners on the development of an e-reader edition of the Free Press.
Steve has been a speaker at conferences internationally, a visiting professor at Syracuse University, a recurring visiting faculty member at The Poynter Institute, and a frequent speaker and coach in numerous newsrooms. Steve has presented at SND affiliate conferences: the SND-Chinese News Page Design Boot Camp (Hangzhou, China), the IFRA Conference on Design (Paris), and the Malofiej Information Graphics Summit (Pamplona).
Since first volunteering as a Syracuse University student at the annual competition, Steve has worked in service to the Society for News Design and the craft for nearly 20 years, he’s held numerous positions within the Society.
Steve is a news and culture junkie. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing golf, poker and Xbox — although any success is purely accidental.