Society of News Design

Competitions

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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NPR LindamoodPortfolio

SND Digital: Silver to NPR individual portfolio

What the judges said: “Impressive variety and well executed — big visuals, layered smartly with maps, charts, along with well-executed and high-utility product design. Excellent photo editing throughout that meets the high expectation of full-screen. This checks a lot of boxes when it comes to immersive storytelling. The audio experience of the whales story is incredibly emotional and mesmerizing and invites you to focus on what you’re hearing without being fussy.”

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NYTImes BestWorst2

SND Digital: Silver to NY Times for ‘Best and Worst Places to Grow Up’

What the judges said: “Everything is customized and contextualized to you. Imagine trying to plan and execute this, the idea is overwhelming. Contextual articles are something we haven’t seen done this well, the whole way through. It pushes the medium..”

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NYTimes CalifDrought

SND Digital: Silver to NY Times for California drought project

What the judges said: “It challenges the assumption that we should represent this type of information with charts. We relate to what we eat, not to the numbers. Someone has thought this relationship through. The video executions are so well done, the use of zoom for the big reveal. The reader doesn’t know what’s coming next, and can’t wait to see and be surprised.”

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NYTImes OilPrices

SND Digital: Silver to NY Times for oil price graphic

What the judges said: “Extremely complicated to script and execute. It’s easy to downplay the difficulty because it looks so seamless and well-done. This pushes the state of drill-down aggregate charts. It moves you around in a smart, calculated way, taking you on a narrative through trendlines.”

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Guardian HomanSquare

SND Digital: Silver to Guardian for Homan Square

What the judges said: “The transitions are useful in moving you from moment to moment – and they’re super-fast. For how complex the technical approach is, the speed component is impressive – we should all put a priority on speed. Each transition makes one big point, shows one big number. It’s focused and successful all the way through.”

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Marshall NextToDie

SND Digital: Silver to Marshall Project for ‘Next to Die’

What the judges said: “There is something powerful about the faceless nature of the visualization, it eliminates assumptions you might have based on race, style, other attributes. It’s generalized to point of just being a human being, that is what gives it power. The simple editing, the placement and pacing. It’s a shining example of how you can tell stories different, how you can create an emotional relationship with a database.”

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TBTimes PinellasMain

SND Digital: Silver to Tampa Bay Times for ‘Pinellas County’

What the judges said: “This tells a very important story, and it does so with inventiveness. We often don’t allow ourselves to take chances with important stories. Putting the data into a new narrative structure, and incorporating the narrative into the graphic itself instead of running it adjacent, it makes people care. This is how you create emotion through data visualization. This presentation was used as a precursor to the story going live; it’s a great example of how to deploy resources as a warm-up act.”

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WashPost California

SND Digital: Silver to Washington Post for ‘How Dry is California?’

What the judges said: “This is a classic example of “show, don’t tell.” It takes a tough topic and helps the reader understand it in a surprising, memorable way. Your phone almost becomes the chart. Normally we don’t like the idea of scroll-jacking (hijacking the behavior of the scroll), but this project wouldn’t work without it. There’s a simplicity and ambient nature of the lightly moving water, it shows restraint. Subtle but engaging.”

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What I’ve learned as a print designer at SND digital

SND.org editor Courtney Kan shares what she learned about the Best of Digital Design competition.

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NYTimes Space

SND Digital: Silver to The New York Times for ‘Space & Cosmos’

What the judges said: “Clean and controlled. You have the opportunity to play with it; if you’re REALLY interested, there’s enough there to spend on each component. Works as a quick pass and a deep dive. The videos are exceptional. The planet cartography and topographic rendering is so impressive.”

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