2011 ACP Design of the Year Finalists
New this year: ACP is honoring up to 10 entries in each category of the Individual Awards. The top five entries in each category have been announced as finalists, and will be announced as first through fifth place winners later at the fall ACP/CMA convention in Orlando. Up to five honorable mentions have additionally been awarded in each category. The honorable mentions are not ranked.
Newspaper Page One
Judge's comments: Start with the nameplate. While smaller and non-traditional, it incorporates into the page very well. The alternative story form for the Little 500 was compelling visually, but it was the “need to know” information that sold that package. This is a paper that takes risks, has a strong identity and knows how to convey information without wasting any space. The secondary centerpiece (Life is a Party) sets a different tone from the rest of the page for a lighter topic. Typography, grid and color work very effectively.
Judge's comments: This is a paper that has structure and takes risks. I’ve kept my eye on it for a few years. Not every lead story needs to be an art-driven centerpiece. There’s a command of typography that is very strong. In addition, if you are going to do breakouts of information, make sure they deserve it, propel the story and are interesting. The Daily does this extremely well. The basketball promo is wonderfully written, a mix of conversational pared with a restrained design does wonders.
Judge's comments: Initially, I thought that this was a “pretty page” but it was under more scrutiny that I realized how deceptively well-done this paper is put together. A very eye-catching flag (love the simple whimsical weather icon), a centerpiece that incorporates a stylized graphic, an interesting mix of stories. This is a paper that makes good even on a slow news day.
Judge's comments: Let’s talk about tradition. The Harvard Crimson has all the reserved qualities of the great Northeastern metro dailies: a restrained grid, typography and color palette that serve a very strong structure. Like the great professional metros of the area, this is a reader’s newspaper. The graphics are also beautiful, simple and very effective.
Judge's comments: A strong centerpiece carries the page.
Judge's comments: Wonderful packages within the design.
Judge's comments: This is fun. There’s a lot of effort that went into executing that headline illustration and it is pulled off nearly flawlessly. The color is dynamic.
Judge's comments: I appreciate the efforts put into creating the centerpiece graphic. There’s a lot of little things I like - the promo writing and display, the Web encouragement, and the visual attempts.
Judge's comments: Extremely bold design. A smart approach that I hope continued beyond the cover. This would stand out on a newsstand.
Judge's comments: Great typography, grid structure, color selection and identity.
Judge's comments: Intelligent design: elegant use of typography, use of space, illustration. Very clean and easy to digest.
Judge's comments: Fun read with impact: nice use of silhouette, typography and information. Well organized with a “zing.”
Judge's comments: Valuable information with great use of illustration and infographics. Beautifully executed.
Judge's comments: Effective layout, use of typography and pie charts.
Judge's comments: Terrific headline treatment and illustration! Elegant design with fun and impact. Great color editing.
Judge's comments: Fun, festive arts calendar. Great use of color as guides.
Judge's comments: Strong use of photography, design, color usage, and great attention to details - nice page anchor.
Judge's comments: Elegant design and use of typography, texture and limited colors.
Judge's comments: Busy but valuable info! Nice use of infographics, maps and background screens.
Judge's comments: Strong concept, great use of screens.
Newsmagazine/Special Section Cover
Judge's comments: This cover is a series of hand-drawn words that create a word cloud, with the publication name — THINK — being the most prominent word. That title invites you to study the rest of the words on the page. What is the significance of individual words? What is their relationship to one another? The colors really pop off the black background. It was a very eye-catching page that I kept coming back to as I looked through all of the entries.
Judge's comments: This was a truly clever concept: A summer orientation publication designed to evoke a Facebook friend request for new students. It's mostly words, but has many elements similar to the Facebook version. "You have a friend request." Buttons for "confirm" or "ignore." A line reading "You have 24,000 mutual friends" tells you the size of the student body. The text of the "request" introduces you to prominent people in the community and the topics covered in the section in an inviting, conversational manner. I definitely would confirm this friend request.
Judge's comments: This one is stunning. Just stunning. A masterpiece.
Judge's comments: How do you turn a nude woman into something that's not sexy in the least? Like this. An arresting image. And one that matches the lead-in text very well. The lighting and photography is superb. Wonderful.
Judge's comments: By far the best illustration of the entire field this year. Wonderfully rendered. I love the very subtle use of color. And it made me laugh. Nice.
Judge's comments: A wonderful photo to illustrate "steampunk" and then the designer played off of it perfectly. Great typography and the use of color here is outstanding.
Judge's comments: A great use of a dramatically-cropped photo. Those empty seats tell the story well.
Judge's comments: The "Connecting the Dots" piece is a masterful job of explaining a very complex story, showing the folks who are wrapped up in the mess and just where they currently stand in the investigation. These kinds of diagrams are difficult to pull off well. This example does it about as well as it can be done.
Judge's comments: "Frozen Sky" is elegant in its simplicity. The artist could have put in twice as many constellations. That would have made this piece unreadable. Brilliantly done.
Judge's comments: "Rolling through the Decade" is the old "word cloud" approach. Man, I'm tired of seeing these, because I've seen this done so many times. Rarely do I see it done in a fresh way and rarely do I see it done well. And then -- Boom! -- this piece comes along and does both. Masterful. And the use of color is just brilliant.
Judge's comments: "How We've Changed" was one of several entries this year that are a collection of smaller graphs that tell a bigger story. You see these on the internet a lot these days, and most of them are either unreadable or they don't handle the numbers in an appropriate way. This graphic does handle the numbers well and it's very readable. The clean design helps a lot, too. Beautiful job.
Judge's comments: Typically, I don't go for the "data visualization" style that's so popular these days. But this piece is so well done, the information is entertaining. And I like the narrow focus: That's going on during one hour. A great read and well-told, visually.
Judge's comments: A simple yet powerful solution. Good use of negative space for subhead. Rather than trying for a metaphor, the straight depiction of the author’s anecdote was a wise choice.
Judge's comments: Nice lyrical treatment of a classical motif. Good contrast of bold overall shape and smaller detail. Original style, palette and personality.
Judge's comments: A clear simple image like this is always successful. Photo works better than a drawing would have; smart choice. Sometimes reality and mere juxtaposition are all you need.
Judge's comments: A fun idea well-executed. Worth the time on constructing the set and delicately superimposing drawings.
Judge's comments: Solid drawing and unique points of view. Very well coordinated text and images. Original and successful.
Judge's comments: Very dynamic style. Good sense of humor. Created a consistent approach throughout.
Judge's comments: Nice cinematic mood. Good sense of detail to tell story. Well thought out merging of two separate photo shoots. The white image contrasting the black one is very successful.
Judge's comments: Great page, held together by strong contrast or small figure and large sky. Well balanced text and smartly composed cover.
Judge's comments: Powerful. Composition and zoom-in on subject allowed this to go beyond a cliché and provide action and feelings. Black background sets the right tone.
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