'Post' draws praise at design awards

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am


The bloody toll of the war dripped down the page in a simple infographic, showing succinctly but powerfully the human cost of the Iraq war.

It was works like this by Post senior graphic designer Simon Scarr that clinched three awards at the 'Pulitzer of news design', the 20th Malofiej International Infographics Awards on Friday in Pamplona, Spain.

'To be up there with The New York Times and National Geographic, I think that's good,' said Scarr. 'I'm most pleased with the Iraq one. It's a very prestigious award, and to get a silver is great.'

The Post, which won awards at Malofiej for the first time, was the only paper from Asia to garner accolades there this year.

Organised by the Society of News Design, the list of winners is dominated by heavy-hitters New York Times and National Geographic, and magazines i and In Graphics.

The Iraq infographic published on December 17 was the only piece awarded a medal for 'Features: World and Nation' in the 50-175,000 circulation category. Scarr also won bronze medals for graphics on the US space programme's final mission and his work portfolio.

The awards are unusual, in that judges can choose not to give out medals in a category or present multiple awards of the same rank. This year, a total of 148 awards were handed out - eight gold, 31 silver and 73 bronze medals. There were 1,356 entries from 29 countries.

The Times won six gold medals, including Best in Show for both online and print categories for its infographics on Guantanamo detainees. National Geographic won a gold medal for Martin Gamache's portfolio, while the Internet Group do Brasil claimed another.

The contest is open to all world publications, including newspapers, blogs, books and graphics firms.