SND’s Best of Digital Design competition 2.0

Last year SND, led by Ryan Sparrow and a cast of digital All-Stars, undertook the task of overhauling the Society’s multimedia competition.

The result was a broad, bold change that focused the competition on many of the new areas our members and the digital design community now work. It also represented a big change in SND’s competition’s focus, and allowed us to showcase and honor the incredible work being done by our print and digital designers.


Improving the competition

This year, SND has further refined and retooled the competition to fix some of the confusion and overlap of last year.

  • The new configuration includes categories for data-driven projects, sections or topics, and series and events.
  • There are also new categories showcasing both individuals and organization’s portfolios.
  • Categories for individual forms of storytelling (information graphics, video, photo) have been replaced with the category single-subject project.

You help choose the winners

We hope you like the changes we’ve made, but we also hope you help us in the task of choosing this year’s winners. Because the Web thrives in being an open environment, this year’s competition allows users not not only submit entries but to login and rate all other entries. These ratings will be used in multiple ways.

  • First of all, they will help judges from around the world in narrowing down the finalists.
  • Secondly, the top entries will be awarded people’s choice awards.

Last year’s competition grouped tablet and mobile apps together in one category. The committee working on this year’s competition decided that the experiences were so different that a split was necessary. In addition, new divisions were allowed for the apps categories — news organizations, non-news organizations and student apps. This allows news apps like Flipboard, Zite and Flud to enter the competition and not be judged alongside apps produced by USA Today, The New York Times, etc.


Picking the World’s Best

Finally, this competition has changed the way we look at the World’s Best websites, mobile apps and tablet apps. Anyone going to the site can suggest a World’s Best entry for each of the three areas. Similar to the user ratings system, the submitted entries will be used to create a larger pool that will give the judges a broader view of what others think are the best sites out there. Also, similar to SND’s Creative Competition, there will be a separate judging pool deciding the World’s Best. And this year, we’ve added an additional category for student publication sites. SND is proud to have pushed this competition to its next level.  If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact Ryan Sparrow at [email protected]


Details on how to enter





DEADLINE TO ENTER: The site will be open for entries (anything published in 2011) until Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 (midnight PST). The original deadline was earlier but because of delays in adding all of the new features to the site, we’ve extended it to this. The new ratings system and World’s Best submissions area of the site will be available in the next week or so. Thank you for your patience.

JUDGING: Will take place during the last weekend in February at Ball State University. Winners will be announced before the end of March.


About Rob Schneider

is creative director at the Dallas Business News and immediate past-president of SND.

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