Best Designed Newspapers in the World

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By: Nu Yang

Best Designed Newspapers in the World

Five newspapers representing four countries were recently named the World’s Best Designed Newspapers as part of the Society of News Design’s 33rd annual World’s Best-Designed News competition.

The winners are Excelsior (Mexico City, Mexico), National Post (Toronto, Canada), Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Frankfurt, Germany), The Grid (Toronto, Canada), and Politiken (Copenhagen, Denmark). The publications were chosen from 230 entries from 39 countries.

Papers were judged on writing, visual storytelling, use of resources, execution, photography, illustrations, graphics, headlines, and the paper’s “voice.” Each entrant submitted five complete issues from five different months of the year.

Excelsior won for the first time with “sophisticated typography, bold color palette, and overall visual energy.”

The Post celebrated its third win. Judges said, “(The Post) lures its readers in with a sultry beauty and then captivates them with an authoritative attitude that makes this Canadian daily a must-read.”

FAS was commended for its “excellent photojournalism, vibrant illustrations, and clear, direct information graphics,” while The Grid surprised judges with “sparse but great inside photography on full spreads.”

A previous winner in this category, Politiken once again wowed judges with its “thoughtfulness to the cropping and editing of photographs with designers using full width of pages for impact.”

2 thoughts on “Best Designed Newspapers in the World

  • June 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    You should link to the sites in your story.

  • June 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks LGira, this post has been updated with links to the winning papers’ homepages. Please note, however, that they were all recognized for their print design, rather than online presence. -KA


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