The Society for News Design announced two World’s Best-Designed™ news websites, Marshall Project and Quartz on Saturday at the #SNDSF closing gala.
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.
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 […]
Approximately 257 entries were given an Award of Excellence, 22 were given a Silver Medal, and 2 were given a Gold Medal.
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.”
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.”
SND.org editor Courtney Kan shares what she learned about the Best of Digital Design competition.
What the judges said: “You never get down the rabbit hole. This entry has a great mix of media types on deadline. It’s really elegant with nice attention to details, purposeful editing, and thoughtful integration of multimedia.”
[Editor’s Note: On April 11, the Society for News Design announced Facebook was named World’s Best-Designed™ news website at its Best of Digital Design competition. Reaction was wide ranging — but mostly critical — and left many in the digital journalism community looking for insight into the process and rationale for the award. Naming Facebook the […]
Judges awarded a gold medal to Danny DeBelius of NPR for his portfolio. See his work here:
Amanda Cox has been awarded a silver medal in the Individual Portfolio category at SND Digital’s Best of News Design.
“The thing we didn’t see enough of that this thing did successfully is create a community around the project… not only did they create community around it, but they tapped into that thing that makes you want to share.”
ProPublica has won a silver medal in the Information Graphics, Planned Coverage category for its piece “Treatment Tracker.”
“You see a ton of galleries of user generated content…and it’s always presented in the same way. This way of putting it together was very clever.”
“I like everything about this: The execution, the idea. I like that it’s evolving around conversations. This seems like the right approach to talk about this subject.”
“It’s so visually different. It’s not gimmicky. Instead of it all just being vertical, there are nice angles, like taking you behind a tree. This one didn’t feel like scroll hijacking.”