Join us for Sunday, April 5 for an evening of celebration as we gather to honor the Best of News Design across platforms. Nominees for World’s Best-Designed™ newspapers, websites and apps were announced earlier this month on snd.org. Winners will be revealed at this awards celebration, which will also include recognition of medal winners and any special recognitions by the competition juries.
SND will also recognize the recipient(s) of SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award, to be announced next week. The award, the Society’s highest individual honor, is presented for a significant body of work that has had lasting influence on the field of visual journalism; extraordinary service to SND and its members; or a combination of both.
You do not have to be registered for the SNDDC Annual Workshop to attend this Best of News Design awards event. If you are, however, your ticket price is included in your registration. Individual tickets can be purchased for $50 through the SNDDC registration page.
World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper Semi-Finalists
The Society for News Design has just announced 11 semi-finalists for World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper. The finalists will be announced and the final winner or winners will be named at this ceremony. Register here.
In narrowing the field to 11 semi-finalists, the judges noted that those newspapers making the list played to the strengths of print — inventing new ways to use the form, playing photographs at sizes built for maximum presentation and strategically rewarding devout readers with new sections and powerful supplements. They also provided new paths for revenue from print in experiences that appeal to audiences and marketers alike.
These semi-finalists showcase the power of visual communication in the print medium even in a digital world, exploring new ways to connect by making products built for both explanation and exploration. The semi-finalists represented high standards in visual storytelling and adroitly work at building connections to a full suite of products across platforms. In short, print still matters.
Here are the semi-finalist newspapers (in no particular order) vying for best of the best:
De Volksrant (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
The Guardian (London, United Kingdom)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C., United States)
The New York Times (New York City, United States)
Politiken (Copenhagen, Denmark)
The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada)
Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm, Sweden)
Het Parool (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Público (Lisbon, Portugal)
Die Zeit (Hamburg, Germany)
Politico Europe (Brussels, Belgium)
World’s Best-Designed™ in Digital
Earlier this month, The Society for News Design announced 8 finalists for World’s Best-Designed™ in Digital. The Society for News Design’s Best of Digital Design is a juried competition recognizing journalistic excellence in storytelling, graphics, social media and product design.
This year’s World’s Best judges celebrated a list of finalists that expand the role of design in journalism, from experience design to stagecraft, and even into areas traditionally reserved for the “business side.”
The judges remarks stated that “The finalists this year serve as industry role models for visual journalism, and beyond that, they push the boundaries of design to new dimensions. If the purpose of design is to solve problems and the purpose of journalism is to empower the public, the finalists this year increase the remit of both practices.”
Here are the list of finalists, in no particular order:
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Judges comments: The design for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism telegraphs their no-nonsense approach. They provide a lesson in making a virtue of limited resources by turning their website into the art of the possible.
New York Magazine
Judges comments: The typography is sophisticated and is paired with vivacious visuals. The verticals are distinctive with “Intelligencer”, “The Strategist”, “Grub Street” strong enough to stand alone, yet also blend into a seamless whole.
Pop-Up Magazine and California Sunday Magazine
The California Sunday Magazine website’s sparse design is punctuated with vibrant photography and subtle surprises in the illustrations. What makes this finalist stand out most is the companion live event, Pop-Up Magazine, in which bold design takes over the stage.
New York Times Cooking
The New York Times Cooking product successfully aggregates recipes and excellent food writing into a well-designed user experience that is both simple and chock-full of useful features.It’s a fantastic model for how to design for evergreen content.
The Guardian’s Membership Experience Design
The design’s deceptive simplicity accomplished this using strong branding and well crafted, timely, persuasive requests that let readers know exactly where their money will be spent. It strongly fulfills the World’s Best category’s requirement that an entry make a statement and issue a challenge to the design community.
The Washington Post
The judges recognized excellence across The Washington Post but wanted to especially highlight a few teams and initiatives: The Lily, visual storytelling, and interactive data. The newsroom’s approach to visual storytelling is not trapped inside the formats imposed upon our industry by huge platforms but stretches design boundaries and uses new technologies to tell compelling, important stories.
Vox’s video explainers
Vox makes sure the work reaches the audience where they are, with followings on podcasts, social media, YouTube and Netflix.
South China Morning Post’s Information Graphics
The graphics team at South China Morning Post has long excelled in the craft of visual journalism, with great strength in pictorial interpretations of stories and data. But in 2019 their work was pushed to a new height as they found themselves in the middle of a global news event: the increasingly tense protests in Hong Kong.
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