Welcome to Best of Digital Design 2013

UPDATE: Because of the overwhelming number of entries coming in on this last day, the entry site is running slow. We have decided to extend the entry deadline to Wednesday, March 5 at 11:59 EST.

Welcome to the 4th annual Best of Digital Design Competition, highlighting some of the best digital stories, websites, mobile and tablet apps of 2013.

Digital design took huge leaps forward this year after 2012’s multiple-winning entry “Snowfall” by the New York Times. In 2012 editors, publishers, reporters, designers and all kinds of other digital storytellers took note and saw how true multimedia integration could enhance stories and did their best to push those ideas and concepts forward.

2013 was also the year we saw data journalism reach new peaks and with the help of Github and other online resources, digital journalism took big strides.

We’re looking forward to looking at all of the incredible work done over the last year and combing through it to find the very best. Our categories are the same and we’ve added a special category for coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela.

We’re also looking forward to looking at websites, tablet publications and mobile sites from around the world to name a new slate of Worlds Bests.

The deadline for entries is Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET. You can start submitting your entries here. Judging will take place in Indianapolis on March 20-23 and results will be announced throughout the weekend.

Good luck!

Ryan Sparrow
Co-Director of SND’s Best of Digital Design competition.


NOTE: In an effort to bring immediacy to the 2013 Best of Digital Design competition, we had initially included a special category for 2014 Olympic coverage — work that will be completed two months after the normal January-December calendar of the competition.

However, some of our membership expressed concerns that such a move would create confusion and logistical issues, so we’ve reconsidered that decision.

The scope of work to be considered in the digital competition will return to the original January-December 2013 calendar year, without the 2014 Olympics category. The deadline for submissions will remain Feb. 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we look forward to seeing your great work.