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Who are the news farmers? We need your market!

Today’s news and design inspiration has been centered around food.

In Khoi Vinh’s news design talk he compares the conversations we have at dinner parties. The conversations are good because our experience is good.

In Mark Deuze’s media chat today we talked about the farmer’s market here in Bloomington. It’s not that people are absolute die hard local foodies. If they were, they could just as easily go to Bloomingfoods down the street.

The Bloomington Farmer’s market is by far the biggest and best market in town. It’s a church-going experience in some ways. It’s a low commitment, free, socially responsible, productive pass time. I can go there, get my healthy groceries for the week and without a doubt, casually run into my friends in the community.

It’s the morning bar scene. It’s a place to get noticed. But, if you don’t make it to the market, there is no greater loss.

This relates to news design because of exactly what Vinh mentioned. How do we build these kinds of feelings, interactions and experiences online?

How can we engage the senses, do something greatly good, motivate conversations in our community and encourage discovery?

Nina Mehta is a writer and product design leader in Brooklyn, New York. She began her design career in journalism and has been writing online for 20+ years. Nina is from outside Chicago and has since lived and worked in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. Learn about Nina at

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