The Best of Visual Storytelling

Curated by

Darren Long
Creative Director of the South China Morning Post
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City of anarchy
South China Morning Post
The first story picked by Darren “is an example of reducing the central idea to its pure essence for print”. It is beautiful and very map-like. You can also print it out!
The five main projects of the Belt and Road Initiative
South China Morning Post
The Belt and Road Initiative is a global development strategy adopted by the Chinese government involving infrastructure development and investments in 152 countries and international organizations in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. This 5-chapters story “was a breakthrough in SCMP approach to designing for digital” Darren told me.
How the Thai cave rescue mission unfolded
South China Morning Post
“The Thai Cave Boys” refers to a widely publicised cave rescue successfully extricated members of a junior football team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand in June and July 2018. It was the first time SCMP tackled a complex story online as breaking news.
The history of the Forbidden City
South China Morning Post
This beautiful visual explainer of “The Forbidden City” was developed from field trips to Beijing and Taipei. Try reading chapter five without tears coming to your eyes…
Drowning in plastic
Darren says that is a very exciting time to be involved in visual storytelling. His go-to favourites in the context of interactive reporting are National Geographic, Reuters and the New York Times. Here are three contrasting approaches he recommends to check out.

First one, from Reuters, allows you to immerse yourself in the rain of plastic bottles to understand the scale of the plastics problem.
Baby fish have started eating plastic. We haven’t yet seen the consequences
National Geographic
Browse for equally compelling & scary images of little fish and plastics on their way into our food chain.
A Tidal Wave of Mud
The New York Times
Understanding the collapse of a mining dam in Brasil and recreating what happened with the help from new technologies