Our community newspaper design columnist Donna Davidson shares the six rules she’s developed for sorting through hundreds of photos each week, looking for the jewels … the ones that take her breath away. She’s currently designing a weekly community-rich long tab called the Punta Gorda Herald. It is name-and-photo centric.
In case you haven’t noticed, infographics are becoming cool. Gone are the days when we had to try camouflaging our nerdy activities under terms such as “graphic reporting” or even ”graphic journalism.”
Well executed infographics contribute to making the world a better place and my students at the Danish School of Media and Journalism are happily engaging in complex visualizations.
But before we book our trip to infotopia, there are challenges ahead.
Movie fronts are all about voice. Your challenge is to capture the tone of the movie, using color, scale, typography, and the same handout images that every other designer in the world is staring at. How do you use a flat page and your wits to capture a motion picture? Here’s how some newspapers played the Best Picture nominees when they first appeared.
Stock art, once a synonym for lazy design and designers, seems to be everywhere, often used in smart and surprising ways. What explains the recent resurgence?
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.
The Board has approved a restructuring of our publications leadership roles to create two publications director positions. One for online and one for print. Tyson Evans will be our Online Publications Director and Suzette Moyer will be our Print Publications Director.
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.
And the judges are …
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…
Top 10 winners*
(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.