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?
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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
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
Marco Hernandez, Infographic designer
Pablo Robles, Infographic designer
Darren Long, Head of graphics and illustration