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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

World’s Best Designed Newspapers


SND30: The 2008 World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers from Society for News Design on Vimeo.

Given the recent news of the closing of The Rocky Mountain News along with other newspapers teetering on life-support, we felt it was appropriate to shed light on something positive. Recently, Syracuse University announced the 5 winners of the 30th Annual Best-Designed Newspaper competition. While all winners held it down with their grid structures and typography what really inspired this post was what the jurors had to say in respect to the current state of newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. We’ve included an excerpt from the video below.

The world is changing and the world of newspapers has to change with it. The format move from broadsheet to ‘broad-loid’ (narrower broadsheet) has already happened, especially in the U.S. But the move elsewhere from broadsheet to compact (aka tabloid) is inexorable, logical and offers what readers, particularly younger readers, desire.

This year, more than ever, in the World’s Best-Designed category, the entries reflect the location, ethnicity and demographic of this evolving global audience.

With one exception, the winners are ‘compact’. This size and shape also reflect a modernistic trend towards what this year’s judges came to identify as the new ‘magazine-newspaper’ –- an organized hybrid of news and views designed in a way previously identified with ‘style magazines’.

To see the list of winners

List of 5 winners:
• Akzia, Moscow, Russia, biweekly, circulation 200,000
• Eleftheros Tipos, Athens, Greece, daily, circulation, 86,000
• Expresso, Paço de Arcos, Portugal, weekly, circulation 120,000
• The News, Mexico City, daily, circulation 10,000
• Welt am Sonntag, Berlin, weekly, 400,000

Selected interior pages from the winners:
Akzia, Moscow, Russia, biweekly, circulation 200,000

Expresso, Paço de Arcos, Portugal, weekly, circulation 120,000

Eleftheros Tipos, Athens, Greece, daily, circulation, 86,000

The News, Mexico City, daily, circulation 10,000

Welt am Sonntag, Berlin, weekly, 400,000

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:01 am  

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