Society of News Design analyzes coverage of California’s legalization of same-sex marriage

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 16, 2008) – XPLANE, a global information design consultancy, partnered with the Society of News Design’s Design Journal to visually depict the lifecycle of media coverage surrounding California’s 2008 law legalizing same-sex marriage. The 20- page spread includes a pullout centerfold by XPLANE that graphically breaks down the timeline of the news coverage. The introductory article can be viewed from


Design Journal’s coverage includes essays by journalistic experts across media mediums: Roger Black, an expert in the design of content-based media; Dan Zedak of The Boston Globe; Ryan Sholin, a Knight News Challenge grant winner and Internet reporting expert; Don Wallace, television news producer; Michael Puente, reporter with Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ 91.5 FM; and Svenake Bostrom, media development manager at Sundsvalls Tiding in Sweden.

XPLANE’s information design team was responsible for reviewing the individual essays and extracting key dates, news nuggets and milestones over the course of the news cycle period. These were visually depicted on a timeline-style centerfold. XPLANE’s team also did the individual illustration throughout the 20-page feature.

With an innovative visual, multidisciplinary methodology, XPLANE is unique because it applies both left and right-brained approaches to develop fresh solutions to challenging communication problems. This approach accelerates understanding, which drives actions and results. Companies have hired XPLANE to motivate employees, drive sales, convince decision makers and improve processes. XPLANE won a bronze medal in 2008 at the 16th Malofiej International Infographics Awards, known as the most important and respected infographic contest in the world.

XPLANE has also created XPLANATiONS on the topics of the current subprime mortgage lending crisis and Barack Obama declining public funding. These can be viewed at and


Founded in 1993, XPLANE is an information design consultancy that drives better results for many of the world’s leading corporations including Microsoft, Intel, Nokia, U.S. Department of National Intelligence, U.S. Marine Corp., Nike and BP through visual thinking and design. XPLANE offers clients unique and personalized service through its employees’ diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, including journalism, consulting, technology, marketing, training, illustration, interaction, process improvement, information design and architecture.

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