It’s been said that good designers have the ability to inform and empower through design by providing a greater understanding of complex issues and matters. And that through their ability to consider the user experience, graphic designers have a unique ability to transform information through data visualization.

That is why The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) launched the My School Information Design Challenge asking designers to reimagine the schools report and today, they announced the winners of their.

A diverse panel of judges representing parents, designers and educators that includes HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder, recent Broad Prize winner and Orange County Florida superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, graphic designer Duncan Swain and IDEO managing director Sandy Speicher, ranked the dozens of submissions received to select the overall winner and runner up. Collaborative Communications + Social Driver took the grand prize of $15,000 and runner up winner, Rennzer will take home a $10,000 prize. Both designs helped better display vital school information and provided helpful resources, comparison tools and user experience features.

Along with the two overall winners, prizes were given to the winners of four public voting categories:

  • Best Summary – HD Web Studio, Ridgeway, VA
  • Best Comparison – Rennzer, Washington D.C.
  • Best User Experience – Collaborative Communications + Social Driver, Washington D.C.
  • Best Trend Data – Collaborative Communications + Social Driver, Washington D.C.

School report cards are an important tool for parents when choosing the right school for their students. But recent research from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and supporting information from ExcelinEd, recently revealed that a majority of today’s school report cards are difficult to find and confusing for parents. This challenge sought to transform those reports into a 21st century tool that provides this vital information to parents, policymakers and the public.

Here’s a sneak peak at the winning submission:

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For more information about the challenge, read the My School Information Design Challenge: Building a Better School Performance Report Card for Parents and Students brief or visit www.myschoolinfochallenge.com.

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