Society of News Design

Competitions

featured image marshall project1

Building a system and a style guide at The Marshall Project

Winning SND’s World’s Best™ is no easy task and according to this year’s judges, “The Marshall Project has nailed every. Single. Thing.” That’s high praise. And consider this — The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization, launched less than two years ago in late 2014. The design/product team of managing editor Gabriel Dance, director of […]

No Responses »

snd featured image worldsbest

SND Digital: Marshall Project, Quartz judged World’s Best

The Society for News Design announced two World’s Best-Designed™ news websites, Marshall Project and Quartz on Saturday at the #SNDSF closing gala.

No Responses »

SND SAT-48

Best of News Design: SND37 World’s Best and Beyond

The Society for News Design announced two World’s Best-Designed™ newspapers, Die Ziet and The National Post, on Saturday at the #SNDSF closing gala.

No Responses »

ebook1

The Best of News Design 36 for iPad and iPhone

For the first time, the Society for News Design has released a digital version of The Best of News Design annual book for iPad and iPhone. Created by Douglas Okasaki, SND vice-president, the ebook is a completely new experience.

1 Response »

SND_WB2

SND Digital: Five short-listed for World’s Best

Digital design cues change every day as new ways to experience the news crowd the landscape. Time is the variable that has not changed, which makes it more precious than ever. With that in mind: What are the signposts for success? And to what standards should we aspire? Here are five that stood apart as […]

No Responses »

DemographicDestiny

Unofficial results: Best of Digital Design competition

Approximately 257 entries were given an Award of Excellence, 22 were given a Silver Medal, and 2 were given a Gold Medal.

3 Response »

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.08.07 PM

SND Digital: Silver to NY Times for ‘Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex make a hit’

What the judges said: “This is a perfect example of breaking down a cultural phenomena in a sophisticated manner. The graphics on the side almost invent a new way of hearing, it’s all so coordinated. It took an extremely creative approach to dealing with audio. Super innovative in blending video and motion graphic that is fresh and engaging and pulls you through what is a fairly long video.”

No Responses »

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 3.53.23 PM

SND Digital: Silver to Wall Street Journal for ‘Demographic Destiny’

What the judges said: “The different assets use a variety of technology, and it all has a purpose. They didn’t just do 360 video, they annotated what is in NYC. The way they approached the navigation and thought about the packages is really interesting.”

No Responses »

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 4.10.34 PM

SND Digital: Silver to NY Times for ‘A New Whitney’

What the judges said: “The animations were focused in such a way that it gave you a sense of place. They work beautifully on mobile, and are really tightly edited.”

2 Response »

NatGeo TrajansColumn

SND Digital: Silver to National Geographic for stop-motion

What the judges said: “I love it. Visually it’s incredible. It’s delightful. It’s informative. The piece was phenomenal and the animation was incredible. The visuals are more than a ten. There is nothing like this. Nobody in news is doing stop-motion like this. Technically the explanation is impressive. It’s a wonderful thing.”

1 Response »

NPR Rain Forest

SND Digital: Silver to NPR for ‘Rain Forest Was Here’

What the judges said: “Unique and excellent visual journalism. It shows, it teaches, it explains. The translations were well done. The narrative arc was well-paced and the graphics were deftly integrated. NPR has set their own high bar for this type of storytelling and this project shines. Deceptively simple and seamless; it was totally immersive and poetic. It makes you lean forward and back. The experience works thoughtfully across devices and screen sizes. This caliber of storytelling requires great photography, which this delivers.”

1 Response »

WashPost ClintonDonor

SND Digital: Silver to Washington Post for Clinton donation tracking

What the judges said: “Campaign finance stories can often be dry and inaccessible but this was inviting and very compelling. The data and infographics were paced thoughtfully and pulled readers through the story.”

1 Response »

WashPost Lena

SND Digital: Silver to Washington Post for ‘Car Ride With Lena’

What the judges said: “Gentle stretch of the medium. Genuinely felt like a conversation. Fresh. Stylistic. Very nice illustrations. The pacing, storytelling and editing underscore the conversational nature. I felt like I was in the conversation. You don’t feel like the extra touches interrupt the experience. It could have been a standard op-ed essay, but it went so much further and draws you in. The white that captures the silence in the conversation is novel and heavy.”

No Responses »

Asahi Tuna

SND Digital: Silver to Asahi of Japan for kitchen project

What the judges said: “Every aspect of this was beautiful. There were so many layers to explore, from a gigantic market down to a very small piece of sushi. It was packed with information but didn’t feel overwhelming; it was peaceful and balanced. Very well art directed and integrated together.”

No Responses »

MarProj RossbackPortfolio

SND Digital: Silver to individual portfolio from The Marshall Project

What the judges said: “Really great. Good range but still feels very much connected and consistent. It’s a cohesive portfolio. ‘Prison Meal’ is great. Appreciate the thoughtful treatment audio players with the transcript that autoplays. ‘Executioners vs. Veterinarians,’ a shocking story, well done. The blurred text is a wonderful effect, avoid the usual jumble of the design shifting around. Footnotes. Pull-quotes. Annotations. Typography used as tasteful accents. Story-led design. Picks the right tools for the right moment and right story.”

No Responses »

NYTImes WatkinsPortfolio

SND Digital: Silver to NY Times for individual portfolio

What the judges said: “It’s an individual portfolio that’s heavily map-based but shows a lot of range. Multiple styles and integration of lightweight vectors. Love the Japan’s view, capper and footer with labels in the satellite images, cutline ties it all together. Greenland they get you from high to low. The graphics in the Chinese island seem a little crazy but what’s inside is amazing! The graphics are stark and beautiful.”

1 Response »