2014 Results

More than 900 entries were received for the 2014 competition year of The Best of Digital Design. New information graphics categories were introduced.

230 awards were given: 6 Gold Medals, 20 Silver Medals, 203 Awards of Excellence, and 1 World’s Best-Designed™ award. Categories were judged by divisions based on average monthly page views. Fifteen countries were represented among the winners: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Awards are listed here by category:
Breaking/Daily News [Single-subject project]
Breaking/Daily News [Planned coverage]
Breaking/Daily News [Non-planned coverage]
Features [Single-subject project]
Features [Coverage]
Information graphics [Breaking news]
Information graphics [Planned coverage]
Use of Multimedia
Special Events
Continuous Use [Section or topic]
Tablet Magazine
Redesign
Portfolios [Individual]
Portfolios [Organization]
World’s Best-Designed™

Breaking/Daily News [Single-subject project]

Award of Excellence

1. The Washington Post, The night bullets hit the White House — and the Secret Service didn’t know
2. The Washington Post, Pistorius verdict: Model’s death ‘culpable homicide,’ not murder
3. The Washington Post, Children at Risk
4. The Washington Post, Hazard Above
5. Los Angeles Times, How to be a writer
6. La Gazzetta, Memorabilia
7. Die Zeit, Charting Germany: Tracking a nation’s changes
8. Dallas Morning News, Why Kidd Kraddick’s radio show is doing even better after his death

Breaking/Daily News [Planned coverage]

Silver

9. The New York Times, Senate Election Results

Award of Excellence

10. The Washington Post, World Cup 2014
11. The Washington Post, Ebola coverage
12. The Washington Post, Breaking Points: Sinkhole of Democracy
13. The Washington Post, State of the Union: History through the president’s words
14. O Globo, Massacre em 8 minutos (8-minute massacre)
15. O Globo, How the Twitter reacted to Brazil vs. Chile
16. O Globo, Quem Para a Raposa (Who Can Stop the Fox?)
17. The Wall Street Journal, Results from the 2014 Midterm Election
18. The Wall Street Journal, Scotland Independence Live Results
19. The Paper (China), 1894: Remembering the First Sino-Japanese War
20. National Geographic, 20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide
21. Montreal Gazette, Death of Jean Beliveau
22. Chicago Tribune, Were you caught in a red light camera ticket spike?
23. The Boston Globe, Boston Marathon bombing anniversary
24. Dallas Morning News, TexElex2014 Governor results

Breaking/Daily News [Non-planned coverage]

Silver

25. The Washington Post, CIA interrogation reports

Award of Excellence

26. The Washington Post, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 graphics
27. The Washington Post, Ferguson coverage
28. The New York Times, Does Torture Work? The C.I.A.’s Claims and What the Committee Found

Features [Single-subject project]

Gold

29. NPR, Demolished: The End of Chicago’s Public Housing

Silver

30. NPR, Songs We Love 2014
31. Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants
32. The Boston Globe, Chasing Bayla — The quest to save the right whale

Award of Excellence

33. The New York Times, A New Story Told at Ground Zero
34. The New York Times, Evolving on Marijuana
35. The New York Times, Norway the Slow Way
36. The New York Times, How We Play the Game
37. The New York Times, The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons
38. The New York Times, A Rogue State Along Two Rivers
39. The Washington Post, The Washington Wizards’ shooting stars
40. The Washington Post, The best beer in baseball
41. The Washington Post, How you can be tracked anywhere in the world
42. The Washington Post, Holiday eating: Why you feel so lousy after a huge meal
43. The Washington Post, One family, two sacrifices
44. NPR, Borderland
45. The Wall Street Journal, Kowloon: Walled City
46. The Wall Street Journal, What is Alibaba?
47. The Wall Street Journal, 100 Years, 100 Legacies: The Lasting Impact of World War I
48. Los Angeles Times, Seasonal produce guide
49. Los Angeles Times, A Sting in the Desert
50. The Globe and Mail, Too big to disrupt? Canada’s banks fight back
51. The Globe and Mail, Untangling the Middle East
52. The Globe and Mail, Saving Cyla: How it feels to have awake brain surgery
53. The Age (Australia), Wave Rider
54. The Age, And then there were none
55. The Age, Will to Win
56. USA Today, 7 Winning Words
57. USA Today, Dangerous gas leaks
58. Reuters, Echo Chamber
59. Reuters, Water’s Edge
60. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Beer me, Minnesota!
61. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nature’s Dying Migrant Workers
62. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Forgotten Memories
63. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, War In Our Backyards
64. Tampa Bay Times, Urban murals make eye-popping statements
65. La Nacion (Argentina), The Political Maze 2015
66. Montreal Gazette, Polytechnique Massacre anniversary
67. O Globo, A Casa dos Loucos (The Mad House)
68. Estadão, Observatory Above the Rainforest
69. Eater, Eater: 72 ways food can change the world
70. Chicago Tribune, Graphic essays: Harsh treatment series
71. Caixin Online (China), Zhou’s Power Base
72. The Associated Press, Road to Paektu
73. Asahi Shimbun (Japan), The problem of children waiting for nursery schools
74. ProPublica, Treatment Tracker
75. ProPublica, Segregation Now: The Resegregation of America’s Schools
76. ProPublica, Comparing 2015 Obamacare Plans
77. ProPublica, The Military is Leaving the Missing Behind
78. ProPublica, Inside the Firewall: Tracking the News That China Blocks
79. Berliner Morgenpost, New Berliners and native Berliners
80. Berliner Morgenpost, Die Narbe der Stadt (The Scar of the City)
81. Baltimore Sun, Painful Lessons
82. Baltimore Sun, Undue Force
83. Universidad del Desarrollo de Chile, Santiago Imperdible
84. Pew Research Center, The Next America
85. Jornal de Santa Catarina, BR-470 além dos números (Highway 470: beyond the numbers)
86. Helsingin Sanomat, The Finns’ fateful cave dive in Norway was a ghastly struggle
87. Gulf News, Ramadan: A beginner’s guide
88. Dallas Morning News, Final Fork | D-FW’s ultimate restaurant bracket battle
89. University of North Carolina, Whole Hog: The Power of Pork
90. ProPublica, Losing Ground

Features [Coverage]

Gold

91. ProPublica, Losing Ground

Silver

92. Los Angeles Times, The Homicide Report
93. National Geographic, Outer Space’s Big Questions

Award of Excellence

94. Los Angeles Times, I Live Here
95. Los Angeles Times, New Wilshire Grand
96. Los Angeles Times, Conflict in the Central African Republic
97. National Geographic, When the Snows Fail
98. National Geographic, The Future of Food
99. Reuters, Comrade Capitalism
100. The New York Times, The Way North
101. Dallas Morning News, How the Texas Testing Bubble Popped

Information graphics [Breaking news]

Silver

102. The New York Times, Houses in the Path of the Washington Mudslide

Award of Excellence

103. The New York Times, The Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
104. The New York Times, Assessing the Damage and Destruction in Gaza
105. La Nacion (Costa Rica), Fichajes del Torneo de Invierno 2014 en Costa Rica

Information graphics [Planned coverage]

Silver

106. Los Angeles Times, The Homicide Report
107. ProPublica, Treatment Tracker

Award of Excellence

108. The New York Times, How Many Ebola Patients Have Been Treated Outside of Africa?
109. The New York Times, Senate Election Results
110. The New York Times, 342,000 Swings Later, Derek Jeter Calls It a Career
111. The New York Times, The Clubs That Connect the World Cup
112. The New York Times, Is That a Luge in Times Square?
113. The New York Times, Is It Better to Rent or Buy?
114. The New York Times, How ISIS Works
115. The New York Times, A Map of Baseball Nation
116. The New York Times, ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Is All but Gone From New York
117. The New York Times, Mapping Migration in the United States
118. Los Angeles Times, New Wilshire Grand
119. Los Angeles Times, Build your California
120. Los Angeles Times, Fly over the Hollywood fault zone
121. Los Angeles Times, L.A. County’s unclaimed remains of 2011
122. The Washington Post, How Ebola Spreads
123. The Washington Post, Most Americans’ best days are behind them
124. The Wall Street Journal, Speed Skating at the Olympics: A Primer
125. The Wall Street Journal, How Much Does the 32nd Player Make?
126. San Diego Union Tribune, Electricity Rates Calculator
127. The Guardian, The Guardian: Midterms
128. O Globo, World Cup Town
129. The Boston Globe, Behind closed doors, Demoulas cousins’ feud raged
130. ProPublica, The Millions New York Counties Coulda Got
131. ProPublica, A Disappearing Planet
132. ProPublica, Where Do the Guns Traced in Your State Come From?
133. ProPublica, Inside the Firewall: Tracking the News That China Blocks
134. Die Zeit, A Nation Divided
135. tuitiontracker.org, Tuition Tracker
136. Berliner Morgenpost, Tempelhofer Feld — What’s being built, and where
137. (Lisbon) Público, Rankings das escolas
138. ProPublica, Losing Ground

Use of Multimedia

Gold

139. The New York Times, My Travels With Brazil’s World Cup Curse
140. The Washington Post, The n-word: Exploring a singular word

Silver

141. National Geographic, Mindsuckers Novellas
142. O Globo, Caymmi 100 anos — Samba da minha terra
143. The Washington Post, Bad News Beards

Award of Excellence

144. The Washington Post, Intensive care for a damaged dome
145. The Washington Post, The night bullets hit the White House — and the Secret Service didn’t know
146. National Geographic, Deadly Beauty
147. National Geographic, China’s Supercaves
148. The Globe and Mail, Who killed Eddie Snowshoe?
149. The Globe and Mail, No safe use: The Canadian asbestos epidemic
150. The Globe and Mail, Kim’s Choice: One woman’s decision to starve herself to death
151. NPR, Borderland
152. NPR, Look at This
153. The Wall Street Journal, Breaking ball
154. The Wall Street Journal, Kowloon: Walled City
155. The New York Times, Braving Ebola
156. The New York Times, Inside the Quartet
157. The Associated Press, The Last Word
158. The Associated Press, The Goal of Life
159. Die Welt (Germany), Der entscheidende Moment
160. USA Today, Behind the Honor: Arlington National Cemetery
161. Montreal Gazette, Morphine addict
162. The Boston Globe, Busing: an oral history
163. The Age, And then there were none
164. Berliner Morgenpost, The Unseen — Life on Berlin’s Streets
165. Berliner Morgenpost, Kraftwerk — Wir sind die Roboter
166. Pew Research Center, The Next America
167. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Death in the Ring
168. University of North Carolina, Whole Hog: The Power of Pork
169. ProPublica, Losing Ground

Special Events

Silver

170. The New York Times, Brazilians Erupt After Their First World Cup Goal
171. The New York Times, Is That a Luge in Times Square?
172. NPR, Election Party!
173. Berliner Morgenpost, The scar of the city
174. The Washington Post, What happened to Flight 370?

Award of Excellence

175. The Washington Post, How Ebola Spreads
176. The Washington Post, 2014 Winter Olympics graphics
177. The Wall Street Journal, World Cup coverage
178. The Wall Street Journal, Midterm Election 2014
179. The Guardian, The Guardian: World Cup Series
180. The Guardian, The Guardian & the Texas Observer: Beyond the Border
181. Estadão, The Berlin Wall
182. Estadão, Gabriel Medina
183. SB Nation, SB Nation’s 2014 World Cup Preview
184. O Globo, Copa do Mundo 2014
185. Dallas Morning News, TexElex2014 Governor results

Continuous Use [Section or topic]

Award of Excellence

186. Los Angeles Times, Help the LA Times write the description for Koreatown
187. Los Angeles Times, The Homicide Report
188. La Nacion (Argentina), CONGRESOSCOPIO: Follow the legislative work of congressmen
189. ProPublica, Inside the Firewall: Tracking the News That China Blocks

Tablet Magazine

Award of Excellence

190. National Geographic, November 2014
191. National Geographic, May 2014
192. National Geographic, February 2014
193. The Washington Post, The Washington Post Classic for iPad
194. The Washington Post, The Washington Post for Fire Tablet
195. Flavor 574, Flavor 574 Magazine
196. Tomsk State University, Birds in the City
197. Syracuse University, Bellwethr magazine

Redesign

Gold

198. Harvard Law Review, Harvard Law Review redesign

Award of Excellence

199. Postmedia, Postmedia Redesign
200. NPR, NPR Music Redesign
201. Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc., Alhurra
202. The Guardian, The Guardian Responsive Redesign
203. Eater, Eater Redesign
204. The Day, The Day Redesign
205. Nieman Foundation, Nieman Reports redesign
206. De Morgen, De Morgen Redesign
207. (Lisbon) Público, Cultura-Ãpsilon Redesign
208. WAMU | American University Radio, WAMU.org show pages — Diane Rehm and Kojo Nnamdi

Portfolios [Individual]

Gold

209. NPR, Danny DeBelius Individual Portfolio

Silver

210. The, New York Times, Amanda Cox Individual Portfolio

Award of Excellence

211. The New York Times, Jacky Myint Individual Portfolio
212. The New York Times, Wilson Andrews Individual Portfolio
213. The New York Times, Alicia DeSantis Individual Portfolio
214. The New York Times, Jeremy Ashkenas Individual Portfolio
215. Vox, Josh Laincz Individual Portfolio
216. Los Angeles Times, Lily Mihalik Individual Portfolio
217. The Globe and Mail, Chris Manza Individual Portfolio
218. The Age, Mark Stehle Individual Portfolio
219. ProPublica, Lena Groeger Individual Portfolio
220. ProPublica, Sisi Wei Individual Portfolio
221. Dallas Morning News, John Hancock Individual Portfolio

Portfolios [Organization]

Silver

222. NPR, NPR Visuals Portfolio

Award of Excellence

223. The Verge, The Verge Digital Portfolio
224. USA Today, USA Today Digital Portfolio
225. Upstatement, Upstatement Portfolio
226. Polygon, Polygon Digital Portfolio
227. The New York Times, Digital Portfolio
228. National Geographic, Digital Portfolio
229. ProPublica, ProPublica Portfolio

World’s Best-Designed™

230. Facebook

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