Post scoops top prize for data visualisation at WAN-IFRA digital publishing awards

Infographic explainer on major projects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative wins gold at World Digital Media Awards

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, 7:32pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 10:39am

The South China Morning Post’s infographics team has scooped top honours at this year’s prestigious WAN-IFRA World Digital Media Awards.

The newspaper bagged gold in the data visualisation category for a comprehensive visual explainer on five major projects featured in China’s Belt and Road Initiative – a foreign trade and development strategy. The graphic looked at railways to London and Iran, Gwadar Port in Pakistan, a Central Asia-China gas pipeline and the Khorgos Gateway, a rail line which connects Kazakhstan to China.

“I really wasn’t expecting this. It is difficult to beat teams from the best newspapers in the world,” said Adolfo Arranz, the Post’s deputy head of infographics and illustration, who shared the award with his colleagues Marcelo Duhalde and Marco Hernandez.

“But you work hard always to try to put out the best product, so really this is a much appreciated prize.”

The meticulously researched project took about two weeks and was designed visually to be “very compact and very easy” for laymen to understand well, Arranz added.

He picked up the award at the World Publishing Expo in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday.

Having already won in the Asian category, the team also came out on top against some of the best designers in Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Tammy Tam, the Post’s editor-in-chief, said: “I’m proud to congratulate our graphics team for this achievement. Visual communication is critical in the news business, especially in the context of rapid technological advances, and the Post has some of the best designers and artists in the business, as these awards reflect.”

Organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the awards recognise publishers who have created “groundbreaking digital products that engage readers while growing their online business”.

The Post’s graphics team has nabbed dozens of international design accolades this year including awards from the Society for News Design, Malofiej, and the Hong Kong News Awards.