“There are three responses to a piece of design — yes, no, and WOW!! WOW is the one to aim for.”
— Milton Glaser
Susan Mango Curtis is an educator, designer, and consultant who teaches design at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. To prepare students for a visually stimulated audience that demands storytelling with visual impact. Her classes are designed to provide students with the knowledge needed to successfully design publications of the future with a focus on the audience at all times. Most importantly, students leave the class confident in their design skills.
She previously worked as an assistant managing editor for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, where in 1991 she spearheaded a complete redesign. Three years later, she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for a series titled “The Question of Color.” In 1996 she received the Garth C. Reeves chair in journalism and took a sabbatical to teach visual journalism at Florida A&M University.
She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists Visual Task Force and a past president of the Society for News Design.