BEST IN SHOW

  • April 4, 2020
150 150 World's Best

Print: The Washington Post

This work starts with the first creative meeting when the hyper-ambitious team decided to go all in — with a tight deadline — on a story where democracy is at stake. It continues with the brave notion that this story could be told using a graphic novel approach, which undoubtedly caused consternation from several editors. But this work demonstrates the crucial role collaborative visual leadership plays in the newsroom and plants a flag for design-led storytelling. At a time when facts are under attack and even members of Congress weren’t reading the Mueller Report, this team dissects it and makes it accessible to everyone. This is a gateway drug for audiences who aren’t used to digesting news. The story is built for three specific platforms — desktop, mobile and a printed book — and each one uses the strengths of that format to draw you into an immersive experience. The book feels cinematic with dozens of illustrations that carry you through each page. The digital work subtly marries the content with animation, sound design, motion and flawless user experience architecture. The traditional ways we have told stories are dying. This work challenges our notions about what design can be, advances design as a journalistic skill, points to new ways to engage readers, and helps prove journalism’s worth to the public. Under great pressure, this team not only leads the way on this story — they crush it.