South China Morning Post bags four awards for digital design excellence

Society for News Design honours digital artist Marco Hernandez for projects including one illustrating global rule of law

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2017, 11:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 March, 2017, 10:55am

The South China Morning Post has scooped up four awards at the 2016 edition of the Society for News Design’s (SND) Best of Digital Design competition.

All four digital design excellence awards were bagged by Post digital artist Marco Hernandez.

Two of them were for single subject feature projects – one illustrating the global rule of law and another the spatial distribution of Asian-American voters in the United States. The Costa Rica native, 33, also won two awards in the graphics category for features and planned coverage – an interactive on Hong Kong’s greying population and another charting the storms that hit the city last year.

Hong Kong Ageing Population
This is the first time the Post is bringing home awards in the digital design category.

“The newspaper has a lot of history behind it, but we’re now beginning to enter the early age of a very new version of the SCMP,” said Hernandez, citing the Post’s recent drives into data and multimedia journalism.

“It’s amazing to be a part of it.”
Asian-American voters in the United States

Hernandez has previously won awards for infographics and data journalism in Spain, Britain and while at the United States-based SND.

On the secrets to his success, Hernandez said his work involved finding alternative and interesting ways to tell a story, while making use of all the “digital tools” at his disposal from 3D graphic design and videos to interactive layout.

He added that it was necessary to “let the data shape itself” and to “minimise noise” in the data set to leave viewers with a very different experience.

Bolts from the blue
“Every time I start a new project, I try to forget about all the old ones. I always want to create something better and something fresh.”

Fourteen judges from around the world reviewed nearly 1,000 entries during two days of judging at Northwestern University’s Medill campus in Washington. The competition, now in its sixth year, honours journalistic, visual and technical excellence.

The global rule of law

The awards of excellence category highlights works that go “beyond technical or aesthetic competency and can honour daring and innovative approaches”.