SND34 Best of Digital Design: In-depth recap and unofficial awards count

Front row: Andrei Scheinkman, Julia Thompson and Ying Wu Second row: Alex Bordens, Kaitlin Yarnall, Lauren Rabaino, Meg Martin and David Kordalski Third row: Antonio Pasagali and Tyson Evans Back row: David Stanton, Joey Marburger, Kyle Ellis and Stephen Beard

Meet our Best of Digital Design competition judges. (Front row) Andrei Scheinkman, Julia Thompson and Ying Wu (Second row) Alex Bordens, Kaitlin Yarnall, Lauren Rabaino, Meg Martin and David Kordalski (Third row) Antonio Pasagali and Tyson Evans (Back row) David Stanton, Joey Marburger, Kyle Ellis and Stephen Beard (Not pictured) Megan McNames

A team of international judges evaluated several hundred entries in this edition of the Best of Digital Design competition hosted at Ball State University, February 22-24.

Thanks to the efforts of our digital contest committee, we were able to make a series of changes to the overall judging process that took the competition to a new level, resulting in a better evaluation of each entry.

 

A look at the numbers

Awards of Excellence: 152
Silver medals: 19
Gold medals: 5

Winningest Publications

The New York Times: 50 total wins
The Washington Post: 21 total wins
National Public Radio: 11 total wins
VG Nett (Norwegian publication): 11 total wins
Boston Globe: 6 total wins
ProPublica: 6 total wins

Visit our weekend archive and Storify for more in-depth information about our judges and medal winners.

Check snd.org later this week for the announcement of our Awards of Excellence and World’s Best designees, as well as statements from judges that evaluated digital efforts of publications around the globe.

A special thanks to Ryan Sparrow of Ball State University and Jeremy Gilbert of Northwestern University for their help organizing the event. Additionally, student volunteers from the Ball State chapter of SND and Rebecca Lai of Northwestern University were instrumental in providing outstanding support to our professional volunteers.

(Kyle Ellis is a designer for CNN Digital in Atlanta and digital director for the Society for News Design.)