Post wins big in the Pulitzer of news design

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 2:50pm


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Plotting every one of Picasso's 5,717 paintings from his Blue Period to his last days was no easy feat, but it was work like this that won the South China Morning Post five awards at this year's "Pulitzer of news design".

The Post's former graphics director Simon Scarr took three wins at the 21st Malofiej International Infographics Awards in Pamplona, Spain this past week. His Picasso graphic won gold while another that mapped out the city's electricity usage took silver. His portfolio also garnered an award for excellence.

"Gold's amazing. They don't give them out all the time … I'm very proud of the department as a whole," said Stephen Case, the Post's Art Director, who was at the ceremonies with Scarr and senior graphics designer Adolfo Arranz who won two excellence awards for his graphics on wine tasting and the Qinghai-Tibet railway.

Organised by the Society of News Design, the list of winners in the contest, which is open to all world publications, is often dominated by industry heavyweights such as The New York Times and National Geographic.

Last year, the Post won a silver and two bronze awards in its first year taking part in the contest.

Earlier this year, at another Society of News Design awards ceremony, the paper's design was judged as among the world's best in its 34th Best of Newspaper Design competition. Arranz took three awards in its Features Information Graphics category.