Post receives global recognition for digital design at prestigious industry awards

February 14, 2019
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  • Paper snaps up 24 medals at Society for News Design including first silver for ‘China 2025’ presentation
  • Tally was fourth largest at competition and ranks Post alongside The New York Times and The Washington Post
The South China Morning Post made significant headway at this year’s Society for News Design (SND) Best of Digital Design competition, landing the competition’s fourth largest tally of medals after The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Reuters.

The Post scooped 24 medals including the newspaper’s first silver. The paper first won recognition at SND Digital in 2017, when it secured four Awards of Excellence.

The digital design competition is in its seventh year and honours journalistic, visual and technical excellence for online work produced in 2018.

Thirteen international experts in journalism, new media and design, judged more than 1,300 entries at Northwestern University’s Medill News Service campus in Washington. The prizes were announced on Wednesday.

 "The stones in the road for China’s 2025 plan for electric vehicles"

Marco Hernandez, the Post’s digital design director, won silver for use of maps in his multimedia article, “The stones in the road for China’s 2025 plan for electric vehicles”.

“Bagging silver at SND Digital represents a tremendous honour,” Hernandez said. “I believe it is recognition of the whole team’s efforts over the past year.

“We’re on the right path for digital to equal, and soon surpass, our reputation for print, which was always our forte.”

The same piece also received a bronze medal in the technology category.

As well as receiving team honours, Adolfo Arranz, deputy head of infographics and illustration, won seven individual medals for his illustrations.

"World Cup stars and the dark arts of the not-so-beautiful game"

Three of those prizes came in separate categories for his animation, “World Cup stars and the dark arts of the not-so-beautiful game”.

“Three medals is more than rewarding – this was my favourite creation and hopefully readers learn something while having as many laughs as I did when I drew it,” Arranz said. “The topic is not typical for a sports story, but that makes it all the more special.”

Paul Ryding, the sports news editor, worked with Arranz to provide the words for the soccer animation. Continue Reading 

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