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All set for the Creative News Design Conference

Visual journalists from all over the world will meet in Dubai to share their experiences on October 25

September 16, 2015
Creative Design Conference: 23-25 October, Dubai
Creative Design Conference: 23-25 October, Dubai

After our special coverage of Malofiej 23, it’s a huge pleasure to be a media partner of another Society for News Design event, this time in the Middle East – a region that, as Dr. Mário Garcia of Garcia Media said, is perhaps the area of the world where some of the most exciting things are happening in newspaper design at the moment.

Organized by Society for News Design – Middle East, the Creative Design Conference and Workshop will take place between 23 and 25 October, with the conference taking place in the final day, at the Dubai Knowledge Village. Among the highlights of the event you’ll find National Geographic’s information designer Fernando Gomez-Baptista, who, besides the keynote will also deliver a workshop.

Fernando Gomez-Baptista, one of the highlights of the event

Registration for the workshops and conference is already open, so don’t miss the opportunity to get some really great discounts. Below is the full press-release:

“The latest technology is in high demand nowadays. But the truth is technology is nothing without great ideas and creative innovations behind it to capture the audience. Creativity is what wins at the end, with or without technology. So how to be creative? How to tap that ingenuity within you? How to be more artistic and innovative? “

“Get your creative juices flowing by participating in the next Middle East Creative Design and Dubai Infographic Fest. It will be organized by the Society for News Design with the support from the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture and heritage, which will take place on October 23 to 25, 2015 in Dubai Knowledge Village. There will be a host of informative sessions on creative design and convergence to various channels. The conference will also discuss diverse trends and innovations in different platforms such as print, online and now UX design.”

“The National Geographic Magazine infographic artist Fernando Baptista will be the keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Baptista is one of the most talented infographic artists with worldwide recognition, his artistic obsession can be seen in his illustration and infographics for the National Geographic magazine.”

“The conference will bring together leading media professionals in the region and internationally-recognized speakers to share their experiences and to showcase the best practices in design through innovation, creativity and efficiency in producing content across print and digital platforms. The visual aspect of a product is crucial in adding value to its content, as good design attracts new readers and maintain readership loyalty.”

“Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority said: “We are pleased to be part of a festival that encourages artistic creativity that brings the local and international community together. At Dubai Culture, we are committed to providing and supporting platforms for aspiring and professional artists, allowing them to highlight their innovative approaches that have the potential to redefine the creative industry. With the media and design evolving tremendously, especially in today’s digital world, hosting this event in Dubai will also contribute to enriching the talents of young professionals and inspire them to push the boundaries.”

Together with the conference, a two-day workshop on Infographics and Arabic Layout will be held on October 23-24, 2015 (Thursday and Friday). The infographic workshop will be administered by Fernando Baptista from the National Geographic in English language.”

“In Arabic Layout workshop, designers will learn techniques and how to create a more dynamic and creative pages in Arabic language. This workshop will be presented by Osama Aljawish, who is an award winner designer in Al Shabiba and Times of Oman newspaper in Oman.”

“The conference and workshop are open to all with creative minds in the region. It is necessary to register for the event in advance as the seats are limited.”

About Society for News Design

“The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print/web/mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, make photos and video, visualize data – and write code.”

“Founded in 1979, it is a US-registered non-profit organization with around 1,500 members worldwide. Among other activities, we host an annual Best of News Design competition open to newspapers and magazines from around the world, and a yearly conference (rotating through various cities) that brings in visual journalists from all over the world.”

About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

“The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.”

“The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. These include: The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards: The first of its kind initiative in the Arab world honoring individuals and organisations who have made financial or in kind contributions through sustained support to visual arts, performing arts, literature and film in the region; Dubai Art Season: The city’s premier umbrella arts initiatives which encompasses of Art Week (Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair), Middle East Film & Comic Con, to highlight the Emirate’s growing creative landscape within the international circuit; SIKKA Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE; and Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE.”

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.