This was among the editors’ picks for “Best of 2018.”
As journalism continues to pivot to digital publishing, we’re seeing new forms emerge that offer users different ways to consume stories. Services like uBiome and Hive engage users with tools to track their own genomic information. Stories like Color Story fill us in on racial and economic disparities.
Today, ProPublica entered its first digital contest, the 10th annual Best of Digital Design awards competition, organized by the industry publication DIGITAL+. The judges, who included former ProPublica Editor-in-Chief David Rumsey, became familiar with our work after being a key member of the organization’s production team.
DIGITAL+ asked the judges to consider five finalists from among hundreds of entries submitted in six categories. Digital+ editor Dan Frankel recognized our colorized clickable lists and infographic visualization as among the best entries of the year, saying, “Both tools are instrumental for how I discover and consume ProPublica’s content. I was delighted to see the studio team in their full glory as they used the medium of technology to tell our stories.”
The judges named ProPublica as finalists in two of the eight categories. We also won a Digital+ Governor’s Citation in the Storytelling section for our data visualization Color Story, which looked at two recent Color TV ads. Created by our data team, team members Paola Reggiani and Nora Macdonald detailed disparities in the economic and racial profile of U.S. Color TV households.
Both the Best of Digital Design category and the Storytelling category were won by London-based digital agency Spot Thought. Spot Thought was one of only two companies to take home multiple awards in the competition, with the agency nabbing the prize for Best Content Channels and Content Service, as well as two awards for Best Blackbox and Best Custom Application.
Visitors can view all the winners, and the 2017 winners, by checking out the competition’s site. This year’s Best of Digital Design winners will be honored at Digital+’s swanky annual conference, March 16-18 at the Times Square Hilton in New York City.
Ken Schwencke is ProPublica’s editor of design.