Just the other night, NOMA, of Copenhagen, was selected the World’s Best Restaurant. The year before, Noma finished third in the same competition but now I can comfort myself with the knowledge that if I wish to taste the best food in the world, the only thing I’ll need is a metro ticket plus a lot of patience and a month’s salary …
Reaching the level of “World’s Best,” for a restaurant or a newspaper, must take years and lots of hard work, and once you are there, you do not just lose all those qualities in twelve months. How come the Society’s competition doesn’t seem to work this way?
More than 10,000 entries, more than 1,000 winners: the results of SND’s 31st Annual Creative Competition are now posted in a searchable database.
To search for winners by category, publication or other criteria, go visit the database.
Starting with 240 entries, five judges worked through a very long weekend at Syracuse University to arrive at the 2010 SND World’s Best-Designed™. They arrived at three winners: der Freitag (Berlin), Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, and The New York Times, honoring work that appeared in those newspapers in 2009. The judges describe what they saw and explain their selections.
Among the hustle of Day One, we sat down briefly with judges and asked them what surprised them today, what’s challenged them, and what it was like to vote their conscience. See what they had to say… and learn how to nominate future judges.
For five top visual journalism experts from across the globe it’s been an intense, busy, inspirational – and snowy – weekend in Syracuse.
These five – J. Bruce Baumann, Dennis Brack, Miguel Gomez, Lily Lu and Margaret O’Connor – were kind enough to share some observations before the big announcement of the winners.
UPDATE: FINAL WINNERS CHOSEN; JUDGES TURN THEIR FOCUS TOWARD EDITING WINNERS AND PREPARING THEIR TEAM STATEMENTS
Today began with judges discussing the merits of the newspapers that remained on the tables after two days of reviewing 240 entries. The day ended with their final decision on the 2010 World’s Best winners.
After seeing several thousand entries, certain things will begin to grate on the judges at the Best of News Design™ competition. The Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Slobin, a judge at SND31, has assembled a thorough list of overused visual clichés that have been infesting the ballroom tables here at Drumlins.
UPDATE: The WB judges worked their way through the last of 240 entries in round one late Saturday. Twenty-four entries (newspapers) survived to round two. Judges spent the early part of Sunday reviewing all 24 entries again for round two before settling on their final choices for World’s Best. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners early this week.
Judging of the World’s Best-Designed™ newspaper segment of the Best of News Design™ has begun in Syracuse, N.Y. The judges for the other parts of the competition have made their way home (see our previous coverage here). We now have five new judges, all with fresh eyes, ready to review the 240 entries vying for the rarified air of greatness in the newspaper biz known as World’s Best. Click here for a video stream.
J. Bruce Baumann
We’re just one day away from kicking off the 2010 judging of World’s Best-Designed in Syracuse. What better time to look back at the first SND-awarded “best” newspapers and magazines.
Here now, without further delay, are the unofficial totals from the main competition (the official results will come later — after the World’s Best-Designed™ competition happens and the database of winners can be verified). Check out the top 10 winners, the medal count, and see what comes next…
(From the general competition — categories 2-19 — based on unofficial, early results)
1. Los Angeles Times
2. National Post (Toronto, Canada)
3. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
4. New York Times + New York Times Magazine
5. Gulf News (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
6. St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times*
6. Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer*
7. La Presse (Montreal, Quebec)
8. Washington Post
9. Virginian Pilot
10. The Denver Post
*St. Petersburg Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer were tied with the same number of total winners.
This year 10,158 entries received from 374 publications in 42 countries. Throughout the SND 31st edition Best of News Design™ competition weekend we’ll sneak a peek at milestone winners as they’re logged-in and edited for the annual book.
The features judges gave this series of illustrations depicting rapists and their victims a gold medal. They recognized how difficult a topic this is to tackle. Most publications would play it safe, but this one walked the line in tackling this concept with a visceral edge.
The graphics judges have awarded a gold medal to Expresso in Lisbon, Portugal, for a non-breaking/features graphic called “Sex ages.” It illuminates the changes that happen to the penis and vagina over 50 years of life.
SND31 Karaoke Night was inspirational. It was raucous. And it was über-successful. SND Foundation president and karaoke sensation Denise Reagan led the Syracuse crowd — and numerous remote Web donors — to raise a record $3,119.25 toward educational activities. One of the many highlights was an original performance by Josh Crutchmer. It was an instant classic (and it raised hundreds of dollars for the Foundation).