Marco Hernandez, Infographic designer
Pablo Robles, Infographic designer
Darren Long, Head of graphics and illustration
The South China Morning Post Arcade is a collection of infographics originally designed for print. We created an online space for SCMP’s visual stories and data journalism to reach a wider international audience beyond the paper circulation.
Our city broadsheet has been publishing full-page infographics since 2011, tackling a broad spectrum of subjects such as science, politics, history, fashion, technology and sports. We usually create discrete versions of our graphics for print and digital taking advantage of the unique qualities of the different mediums. This means print and digital may follow different threads of a narrative on the same topic.
The graphics arcade is an online library and a way to make our print content available as a resource anywhere in the world. By making it accessible globally we can share our unique Hong Kong perspective on the news and contribute to the global conversation about China and the rest of the world.
What makes this project innovative?
Users typically respond well on social media when we promote our print content. Many of these graphics have been displayed in exhibitions around the world, not only at design and journalism events but also fine art galleries, architecture festivals, schools, universities and other public organisations. We receive many requests to reproduce and exhibit these pages at events and for educational purposes. We believe they act as an inspiration and make cultural contributions by explaining dense topics in an entertaining way.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
Overseas exhibitions in Brazil and Mexico have hosted the SCMP print graphics, local universities in Hong Kong have also joined the list of institutions showing students ways to interact and explore data in a visual way they can relate to and easily understand.
This page has been visited by thousands of people, and is partly responsible for a tidal wave of requests to re-publish pages in magazines, books, as posters, brochures, exhibition panels and other digital mediums as well. University students and professors from all over the world contact our team members to use the work as reference material for young students. A lot of these requests are for permission to apply the graphics to final thesis work. Arizona State University in USA, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Iran’s Islamic Azad University in Tehran, to name just three, have used our work in their dissertations.
We are passionate about the work displayed, but we feel humbled knowing that many people around the world can find answers to complex topics in our online back catalogue for print. This is when our daily work goes beyond journalism and touches other cultures all over the world.
Source and methodology
We gathered together some of the most popular pages from the SCMP archives, usually PDF files, and created an online library for them.
The graphics are arranged in order of publication date. There is a filter to search graphics by author, including former and current SCMP staff.
The library is fed from a google spreadsheet so it is now easy to update the work of our current team by using the company email and dropping in a file
Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop…)
Languages of development used:
CSS - CSS3