Durado for SND Secretary / Treasurer
Adonis Durado is the design director of Muscat Press and Publishing House, publisher of two major dailies in Oman — Times of Oman and Al Shabiba. In two years time, he has catapulted its products to global fame by winning more than 100 international awards from the Society for News Design, Malofiej Awards, and Asian Media Awards. His personal work has also been honored by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts magazine, and Tabbie Awards. He is an award-winning poet in his native tongue and has authored two books of poetry.
If being passionate, spirited and extremely talented
are the qualifications for anyone holding SND office, then I can’t think of anyone better equipped than
Design guru Mario Garcia is the founder of Garcia Media (USA). He is the first recipient of SND Lifetime Achievement Award.
JUAN ANTONIO GINER
Adonis Durado is a hard working visual journalist
with a brilliant international career. INNOVATION had the pleasure to work with him in Dubai. His contribution made possible the impossible. SND needs this kind of international leaders, and Adonis is the perfect candidate. I strongly support him.
Juan Antonio Giner is the founder and president of INNOVATION Media Consulting Group (UK). He was the first SND European director and founded the Malofiej Awards.
Adonis is one of the most talented design directors I have worked with — always full of ideas, always inno-vating. He has risen from
a nobody in the small town
of Cebu in the Philippines only a few years ago to become one of the most well-known designers in the newspaper world. The long list of awards
can only attest to his talent. But what is not known is Adonis’ leadership and man-management skills. As design director of the Times of Oman and Al Shabiba in the Middle East, he has been entrusted with 50 visual journalists and production staff. As anyone knows, managing such a large number of talent pool can be intimidating. But managing creative people can be even more intimidating! But Adonis has done his job remarkably well, nurturing and developing people, guiding and teaching them day in, day out. It is this leadership skill that puts Adonis in a fantastic position to be Secretary/Treasurer of SND, at a time when we need fresh blood to build on. I would commend Adonis very highly to
the SND membership.
Peter Ong is a newspaper consultant based in Australia. He was the long-serving regional director of SND 19.
Adonis is crazy-smart and wonderfully creative. He doesn’t just think outside the box, I believe this man doesn’t even live within reach of a box. Yet, Adonis is down to earth, very personable and easy to deal with. You’ll find no ego issues here. Adonis has been called upon to consider a leadership role within the Society for News Design. There is no one on this planet more capable -- or more deserving -- than Adonis for your support this fall in the annual society elections. Please cast your vote for him. And let’s all reap the benefits of Adonis’ service to SND.
Charles Apple is a freelance graphic journalist, instructor, and a passionate media blogger. You'll read him here.
Apart from being creative, Adonis is a good man, hard-working and dedicated. He is proactive, a team player and committed with what he believes is correct. I am sure his involvement with SND will make a positive impact. Adonis for me is the ideal person to promote the values of the Society for News Design and to take it to the next level. As SND member, I am convinced that nominating him for a Board position is a step in the right direction.
Miguel Gomez is the Design Director of Gulf News / GN Media (Dubai, UAE).
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CAREER & PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS
— Born in Cebu City, Philippines on August 25
— Graduated valedictorian in elementary school and awarded ‘Artist of the Year’
— Appointed editor-in-chief in high school student paper
— Graduated high school with honor and received ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Certificate of Proficiency in Journalism’ and ‘YMCA Leadership Award’
— Enrolled at the University of San Carlos taking up bachelor of science in accountancy
— Hired as artist/designer of Sunstar Daily Cebu
— Shifted bachelor course to fine arts
— Elected editor-in-chief of Today’s Carolinian, the official student paper
— Awarded fellowship from Iligan National Writers Workshop
— Awarded fellowship from UP National Writers Workshop
— Received scholarship from Japan Multimedia Philippines
— Awarded fellowship from Likhaan Creative Writing Workshop
— Bagged first prize, Bathalad Poetry Writing Contest
— Awarded ‘Emmanuel Lacaba Prize’ for Cebuano poetry by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
— Got married and became a father
— Finished college with thesis on local newspaper design
— Awarded ‘Outstanding Young Cebuano Writer’ by Faigao Foundation and Cebuano Studies Center
— Designed and launched Cebu! Magazine
— Worked in Saudi Arabia as art director of an ad agency
— Hired as creative director of an ad agency, Studio 7 Designs
— Won grand prize for Marcelo Fernan Press Center logo design
— Worked part-time as design consultant for Cebu Daily News and launched its major redesign
— Designed and launched a travel magazine SouthWall
— Hired as design editor of Al Nisr Media (UAE), publisher of Gulf News. Launched a free weekly tabloid XPRESS with Garcia Media. Also worked with Mario Garcia in redesigning other Al Nisr Media titles.
— Become SND member
— Helped in the launch of Mint, an Indian business paper designed by Garcia Media
— Hired as news presentation director of Emirates 24/7, a business paper launched by Innovations Media Consulting
— Hired as group creative director for American B2B magazines (Instore and Indesign) in Bangkok, Thailand
— Indesign won silver medal in FOLIO’s Eddie Awards
— Published first poetry collection Dili Tanang Matagak Mahagbong (Not All that Falls, Drops)
— Worked as part-time consultant with Peter Ong and Charles Apple for Media 24 publications in South Africa
— Won bronze medal in Tabbie Awards for feature design
— Published second poetry book Minugbo Alang Sa Mugbo og Kalipay (Shorts for the Shortjoyed)
— Designed and launched SPA+ magazine (US)
— Joined as design director of Muscat Press and Publishing House, publisher of Times of Oman and Al Shabiba, plus a dozen of other titles
— Times of Oman and Al Shabiba won 45 awards in SND 32 Creative Competitions, including Judges’ Special Recognition
— MPPH publications bagged two gold from Asian Media Awards and bronze from Malofiej Infographics Award
— Received ‘Award of Excellence’ from Society of Illustrator and from Communication Arts magazine
— Won the SND 32 Book Cover Contest
— Invited speaker to SND Annual Convention (St Louis, Missouri) and served as panelist to Middle East Best of News Design Exhibition (Sharjah, UAE)
— MPPH publications won 50 SND awards. Times of Oman became the first Middle Eastern newspaper to receive gold. Al Shabiba also got silver from Malofiej and gold from Asian Media Award.
— Invited speaker to SND-F Student Symposium (Syracuse, NY), WAN-IFRA First News Design Conference in South Asia (New Delhi, India), 64th World Newspaper Congress (Kiev, Ukraine), and First Middle East News Design Conference (Beirut, Lebanon)
— Served as judge in SND 33
— Designed and launched Business Benchmark magazine (UAE)
— Awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ by Bathalad literary group