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Globe captures 6 digital design prizes

Judges laud data visualization and informational graphics

The Boston Globe’s digital design team won six awards Monday from the Society for News Design for projects featured on BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com in the past year.

Several judges reviewed more than 500 entries in the “Best of Digital Design’’ competition, and lauded Globe designers for their data visualization and informational graphic work.

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Globe design director Dan Zedek said the accolades are a welcome surprise for his team.

“I think we did better than any paper of our size around the world,’’ Zedek said Monday.

Tom Giratikanon distinguished himself in this year’s competition, winning two individual silver medals and an award of excellence.

The judges awarded a silver medal to Giratikanon for his data visualization of restaurants mislabeling the fish they serve, “Results of the Globe’s fish testing.”

Giratikanon also earned a silver medal for his 2011 portfolio, which included participating with the Globe Spotlight Team’s investigation of handling of drunk driving cases by some judges. His work was posted to both BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com under the headline of “Trial Excerpts: Getting to ‘not guilty’.”

The other works in Giratikanon’s portfolio were: “Mapping Boston’s worst towing spots,” “What Twitter users asked the president,” “How hard the wind will hit your area, and when,” and “The state of Massachusetts’s sea walls.”

An award of excellence for a data-driven project was awarded to Globe designers Daigo Fujiwara, Luke Knox, and Giratikanon for “The Bobby Valentine era begins.’’

Another award of excellence for a data-driven project went to Fujiwara, Javier Zarracina, and Giratikanon for “Two localities a world apart.”

Monica Ulmanu, Grant Staublin, and the Globe producer and video team also received an award of excellence for work on the special series “Getting In: Navigating Boston’s school assignment maze.”

The full winners list can be found here at the SND’s website.

Sampson can be reached at zachary.sampson@globe.com.
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