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+1T Newspaper Design Days kicks off 9th edition in Istanbul

June 17, 2014

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The 9th annual +1T Newspaper Design Days, organized annually by the Zaman newspaper, kicked off on Tuesday at the Zaman daily's headquarters in Istanbul with the aim of providing young designers with new perspectives on publishing and design.

The event, which brings together journalists and newspaper designers, is seen as one of the most important events in the industry. The +1T Newspaper Design Days offers workshops and seminars for students in the fields of communications and the fine arts, as well as for anybody interested in design. Many domestic and international figures from the world of journalism and photography will share the secrets of their success with the participants during the event, which will be held at the Zaman headquarters in Istanbul's Yenibosna neighborhood.

Nearly 400 university students studying graphic design, journalism and architecture are gathering at Zaman's headquarters to hear from professional journalists and newspaper designers during the +1T Newspaper Design Days, which will end on June 24.

Delivering the conference's opening speech on Tuesday, Zaman Art Director Fevzi Yazici shared tips about designing and about how a newspaper's layout affects how much time a reader will spend reading it. "People spend an average of 20 minutes reading the newspaper every day. Everyone reads the parts that they are most interested in. You have to produce designs that will help them read. It should not be boring. It should be easily readable and interesting," Yazici added.

Yazici also stated that each page of the newspaper has a specific character, and that designers should respect that character when producing their work.

In this year's event, there will be speakers on many topics, including design, photography, illustrations and infographics, including: Jon Hill, the design editor of The Times (London); Adonis Durado, the design director of The Times of Oman; and National Geographic magazine's art director, Juan Valesco. Others who will speak at the event include renowned illustrator Brad Holland, who has worked for the Time and Newsweek magazines as well as The New York Times; Stephen Komives, the general director of Society for News Design (SND); infographics designer John Grimwade; and freelance photographer Ami Vitale.

There will also be Turkish journalists. Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanli and Radikal Editor-in-Chief EyÜp Can will give speeches. Veteran journalist CÜneyt Özdemir, known for his zest for new media and his website Dipnot, will make an interactive presentation. The HÜrriyet daily's digital media coordinator, BÜlent Mumay, will also be sharing his experiences with the participants.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN

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Source: Cihan News Agency (Turkey)

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