David became ProPublica’s first design director in May of 2014. Previously, he worked with numerous startups as a consultant specializing in user experience and responsive web design. Before that, he led the interactive design team at BusinessWeek.com, and helped build some of the first web-based textbooks at Pearson Education. In 2016, Sleight was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and was the recipient of a Communication Award from the National Academies for his work on ProPublica’s “Killing the Colorado” series.
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Articles by David
All About the New ProPublica Site
David Sleight, ProPublica’s director of design, breaks it downPosted on
A Q&A about how the new ProPublica site came to be.
How We Built the New ProPublica Mobile Apps
The design thinking behind ProPublica’s latest updates for iOS and AndroidPosted on
A few weeks ago, ProPublica rolled out new versions of our app for iOS and Android. (If you haven’t tried them yet, stop reading this and go download them immediately!) Rebuilt and redesigned from scratch, they’re the result of a fundamental rethink that kicked off late last year.
Beyond “Be Like Facebook”
How the SND award went wrong, and what we can learn from itPosted on
The SND judges’ controversial decision to give Facebook its “World’s Best Designed” award in digital—and the resulting unease in the journalism world—points to larger questions in our relationship with third-party platforms and our understanding of the scope of “design.”