Paiching Wei and Daymond Gascon win Design DFMie


Paiching Wei and Daymond Gascon won the 2014 Design DFMie for their work on How Tech redefines us.

Their editors’ nomination explains:

From smartphones to smart homes, technology is transforming our lives, especially in the epicenter of technology — Silicon Valley. In this 8-part series, we take a snapshot of the digital revolution and examine the social, cultural and biological implications behind this staggering transformation. Fittingly, this multimedia-rich online presentation is viewable on all the same devices that are changing our lives — from smartphones, tablets to our old school desktop PCs.

 Judges’ comments:

Paiching Wei and Daymond Gascon of the San Jose Mercury News win the DFMie for best design for “How Tech Redefines Us”. The responsive design allows the series to adapt from mobile to tablets to web with ease. The visual design is also clean and elegant. The navigation is also intuitive as the user change’s the screen size. However, it is the complete integration of text, interactive graphics, photos, and videos and audio that makes this project compelling.

This is one of four DFMies for the Bay Area News Group.

About Paiching Wei

Paiching Wei

Paiching Wei

Pai is the Graphics Director for the Bay Area News Group. His team is in charge of creating information graphics for print and online and has won numerous awards from the Society for News Design, including a Gold Medal from the Malofiej International Infographics Awards competition. He has been recently tasked with developing iPad apps for BANG. Pai is also a habitual binge-watcher, since he’s usually a busy guy with work, two kids and a dog.

About Daymond Gascon

Daymond Gascon

Daymond Gascon

Gascon started his newspaper career in 1993 at The Stockton Record as a graphic artist. He has worked at the News-Press in Florida, The Desert Sun in Palm Springs and the Union-Tribune in San Diego before having the opportunity to work for The Mercury News in 2003.

Other finalists for the Design DFMie were Dan Herman of the York Daily Record for  a site for a project on diabetes and Paul Penzella of the Los Angeles News Group for iPad apps for sports coverage of the Dodgers, Lakers, University of Southern California and UCLA. Herman won the DFMie for Innovator of the Year and Penzella was part of a team that won a Special DFMie for Watchdog Journalism.

Tom McKay and Jeff Neumann of the Denver Post won the 2013 Design DFMie.

Steve Buttry

By Steve Buttry

Steve Buttry is Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media. He oversees our efforts to transform newsroom operations and culture to more effectively pursue our digital goals. His duties include responsibility for social media and community engagement. He has visited most DFM newsrooms personally, leading workshops and coaching editors and other journalists in following the Digital First approach.

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