Deb Withey — SND Lifetime Achievement Award


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At the SND Workshop in Cleveland this fall the Society for News Design gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to Deb Withey, formerly of the Virginian-Pilot and before that Knight Ridder.

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Deb Withey — SND Lifetime Achievement Award

  1. 1. 2012 Society for News Design Lifetime Achievement AwardTuesday, October 23, 2012
  2. 2. 2012 Society for News Design Lifetime Achievement Award Deb WitheyTuesday, October 23, 2012
  3. 3. “Deborah, like her mother, is a talented and caring art teacher. Her work in newspapers or classrooms shows how inspiring she can be.” ~ Juan Antonio Giner, founder and President INNOVATION and Deb’s husbandTuesday, October 23, 2012
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  7. 7. “Almost everyone at SND was from huge papers and the conference wasn’t very friendly to small papers. Everyone talked about managing their huge staffs and there were no sessions on things like a one-person art department. We vowed to get involved in SND and open the group to smaller papers.” ~ Bill Ostendorf, president and founder, Creative Circle Media SolutionsTuesday, October 23, 2012
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  13. 13. “I might have been the first person Deb Withey hired in Detroit 25 years ago this week. Folks in San Diego wanted to know how I could possibly leave the greatest weather on earth to head to Detroit. But I knew early on after meeting Deb that I wanted to work with her. A few years later, she painted this cool mural on the wall in our daughters room as a baby gift. I’ll never forget watching the transformation of these unique musical characters over the span of a couple of weeks. It was pure magic ... much like Deb herself.” ~ A.J. Hartley, AME/Tech, Detroit Free PressTuesday, October 23, 2012
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  17. 17. “When Deb was the design coordinator for all the Knight Ridder papers, she made perhaps her most-lasting contribution by helping smaller communities find their visual voice — beyond the Big Eight, as KR people might like to say. She did that in Duluth. And Aberdeen. And Boulder and Belleville. And State College. And San Luis Obispo. The editors loved her. The designers had a new best friend. And you know what? So did the readers. Deb has some swell thank you notes from folks in those towns. Theyre the kind few of us in newspapers are used to getting. Why? Because she got to know each community before drawing one sketch or conceptualizing a single prototype. That”s how design should work.” ~ Matt Mansfield, Medill — Northwestern University formerly of the Mercury News (one of KR’s Big Eight)Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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  23. 23. “The thing I love about Deb is she never grew up. By that I don’t mean she is immature or anything like that at all. What I mean is Deb never lost her childlike curiosity and enthusiasm for beauty, art and experimentation. I think Deb wakes up every day and sees a whole new world, unlike yesterday and different from tomorrow. Everything, from the color of grass to the shape of a rock inspires her to do something special. She is a force of nature, a spinning top of ideas and creativity. Deb makes everything she touches feel alive. Who wouldn’t want to be around that?” ~ Denis Finley, editor Virginian-PilotTuesday, October 23, 2012
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  27. 27. “The morning after The Pilot’s redesign debuted, operating on maybe three hours of sleep, Deb, Jim Haag and I joined in a teary-eyed, laughing group hug at the company launch party. Then, the marketing department served cake and started an ‘Electric Slide’ dance-off. It was horribly wonderful and the perfect, delirious end to months of hard work.” ~ Lori Kelley, of the Washington Post, formerly of the PilotTuesday, October 23, 2012
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  29. 29. “When I visited her at her Norfolk home, thats when I saw clearly the broader scope of her creative life. She lived her art. She surrounded herself with it. Art-making was part of her everyday existence. I was doubly inspired.” ~ Julie Elman, Ohio University, formerly of the Virginian-PilotTuesday, October 23, 2012
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  31. 31. “After many years improving visual journalism around the world now she has discovered how rewarding it can be to share her talent with old and young people here in Wales, her homeland. She is a passionate person, loving journalism, loving art, but more than anything else, loving people." ~ Juan Antonio GinerTuesday, October 23, 2012
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