Author Archives: SND Digital

Welcome to SND Digital

Welcome to the new home of the Society for News Design’s digital competition, formally known as the SNDies. In addition to the new site, the digital competition has refined existing categories and added some new ones. These new categories now more broadly represent all of the incredible work being done for web, mobile and tablet formats.

The ‘Best of Digital Design’ will be an annual juried competition held by the Society for News Design to recognize excellence in design and usability of digital news design, information graphics and photography. The competition is open to all Web sites and mobile/tablet applications dedicated to the presentation of news and information.

The categories include: World’s best-designed news site/app, section/topic presentation, breaking news presentation, extended coverage, innovation, photo projects, use of multimedia, interactive information graphics, video projects, web site redesign, mobile design, news-based app.

It is not necessary that these sites are part of a newspaper or magazine organization. All submissions must have been posted to the Web between January 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010. It is not necessary to be a member of SND to participate. The competition is limited to live Web pages and applications.

We hope that you’ll return to the page in the coming months to not only enter your own work, but to also see some of the other incredible work being done.

Ryan Sparrow
Director of the Best of Digital Design competition

2009 Best of Multimedia Design Winners

The Best of Multimedia Design winners were awarded at the 2009 Society for News Design annual workshop and exhibition in Buenos Aires on Sept. 24. The competition recognizes skill, innovation and high-quality visual journalism in Web and other new-media design with quarterly and annual awards. Out of 170 quarterly award winners, won the two gold medals awarded this competition year for their entries, Choosing a President and You Finish, You Win.

Launched by the Society of News Design in January 2002, the Best of Multimedia Design Competition awards are the only accolades in the industry where all entrants are provided feedback from the industry judging panel. The judging panel, which represents expertise in many facets of multimedia design industry, met at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill August 28-29 to select finalists which included breaking and non-breaking news, sports and features and student presentations. The finalists were selected based on news value, information editing, information architecture, aesthetic presentation and innovation.

Commenting on this year’s entries, judge Jay Heinz says, “We’re seeing a move among most of the news organizations away from a free-for-all design style where every piece has its own kind of design feel into one that’s more integrated into the sites. And leading the way has been the New York Times. Other news organizations have been following their lead and trying to do things in their style of really clean, integrated design pieces.”

Awards of Excellence

Anticipating Obama’s Inauguration on a City Block in Washington •

Basketball Database •

Cape Fear To Down Here •

Common Ground •

Crossing the Line: Abuse in Hawaii Homes •

Electoral Explorer •

I Hope So Too •

Immigration Explorer •

The Last Minutes of Flight 3407 •

How Lezak Won Gold in the 4×100-Meter Relay •

Madison Budget Game •

A Map of Olympic Medals •

The Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama •

Sacred Ground: The Building of the Pentagon Memorial •

U.S. Hospital Death Rates •


A Day’s Work, Four Days’ Pay •

Election Results 2008 •

Failed Prostate Procedures at the Philadelphia V.A. •

Intended Consequences •

Jackson’s Billboard Rankings Over Time •

Murder: New York City •

New York Plane Crash •

Pogue-O-Matic Product Finder •

War Without Borders: Fueling Mexico’s Drug Trade •


Andaman Rising •

Hurricane Tracker •

Indy 500 Car Tracker •

One in 8 Million •

Ted Kennedy •

Tracking US Airways Flight 1549 •


Choosing a President •

You Finish, You Win •

Judges’ Special Recognition award

And this year, a Judges’ Special Recognition award goes to to acknowledge their work in raising the bar for special events coverage with Election 2008.