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Portfolio of the Week - Simon Scarr

An award-winning career developing infographics and managing creative teams

March 30, 2015

We are back from Malofiej 23, where we had the unique opportunity to meet some of the most amazing infographic designers out there – many of which have already been featured in this same space, here on Visualoop.

Today, as we resume this special section dedicated to highlight the works and career of visual journalists, we bring you someone who’s very much familiar with Malofiej, since he has been involved in a fair number of awarded infographics throughout his career: Simon Scarr, currently the Deputy Head of Graphics at ThomsonReuters, the world’s largest multimedia news organisation.

Simon previously had roles at The Herald (Scotland), Reuters News Graphics Service and the South China Morning Post, where he and the team won a number of prestigious industry awards including Malofiej and SND. In his current role with ThomsonReuters he is based in Singapore, but works closely with graphics desks in New York and London.

“Reuters has around 2,800 journalists in 200 bureaus around the world so an important part of my role is to prioritize, plan and execute graphics and data visualization content to accompany our editorial coverage. We also provide graphics to media clients as part of our agency service.”

Africa’s Arc of Insecurity | Reuters

(Graphic: Simon Scarr, HweiWen Foo | Reuters)

Central African Republic crisis | Reuters

(Graphic: Simon Scarr, HweiWen Foo | Reuters)

Australia’s agriculture and climate change (interactive)| Reuters

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Australia's agriculture and climate change
(Graphic: Simon Scarr, Christine Chan, Matthew Weber | Reuters)

Air Asia flight QZ8501 | Reuters

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Air Asia flight QZ8501
Graphic: Simon Scarr, HweiWen Foo, Fabian Chan, Jane Pong, Christine Chan, Chris Inton and Gustavo Cabrera | Reuters

Tsunami anniversary | Reuters

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Tsunami anniversary
Graphics by Simon Scarr, Jane Pong, Wen Foo, Gustavo Cabrera

Prior to rejoining Reuters, Simon was Graphics Director at South China Morning Post (SCMP).

“My role at SCMP presented me with the opportunity to properly introduce and shape the landscape of information graphics at the paper.”

“Picasso’s Paintings” had to be the most labour intensive graphic I’ve ever created. The volume of research, editing and checking that went into this graphic was immense. It’s also a subject I’ve not seen visualised often. It was awarded SCMP’s first gold medal at Malofiej 20.”

Picasso’s paintings | South China Morning Post

Graphic: Simon Scarr | South China Morning Post | Malofiej: Gold

“I also enjoy creating detailed vector illustrations and explanatory graphics such as the Space Shuttle and Titanic pieces.”

The space shuttle’s final mission | South China Morning Post

Graphic: Simon Scarr – South China Morning Post | Malofiej: Bronze | SND: Award of Excellence

The Titanic | South China Morning Post

Graphic: Simon Scarr – South China Morning Post

“Sometimes if I have the luxury of a large canvas I can take a slightly unconventional approach to visualising data. I would use design, use of headline and representations of familiar objects to draw the reader in and display the information, such as “Iraq’s bloody toll” and “Wiring the city” for example.”

Iraq’s bloody toll | South China Morning Post

Graphic: Simon Scarr | South China Morning Post | Malofiej: Silver | SND: Award of Excellence x 2

Wiring the city | South China Morning Post

Graphic: Simon Scarr | South China Morning Post | Malofiej: Silver

 

You can connect with Simon on Twitter (@simonscarr) and LinkedIn, and also follow his updates on his blog.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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