‘St. Pete Times’ Named Among 10 Best Print/Web ‘Fusion’ Designs In World

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By: E&P Staff

The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times has been picked among the top 10 newspapers in the world that “illustrate the evolution of newspaper design and how it is beginning to relate more to the Web.”

The Times was the only U.S. paper to make the list, which was compiled in a survey of five top newspaper designers by the World Editors Forum, a part of the World Association of Newspapers.

In the Forum’s newly released annual publication, Trends in Newsroom 2008, the Times and the other papers are included in a chapter that discusses the “fusion” of print and Web design.

“Over the past decade, newspaper designers everywhere have been emphasizing more images, infographics and color on print pages,” the report says. “Now, a trend is developing in which elements of newspapers’ print and online versions blend into one another.”

In addition to the Times, the papers cited most often cited by the designers were The Guardian in Britain; Poklitiken in Denmark; Bergens Tidende in Norway; Eleftheros Typos in Greece; De Morgen in Belgium; elEconomista in Spain; Excelsior in Mexico; Expreso in Portugal; and Airwave in Estonia.

No U.S. newspaper Web site was cited among the top five chosen by the designer. The sites most often cited were elpais.com in Spain;
guardian.co.uk in Britain; globeandmail.com in Canada; 24sata.hr in Croatia; and Times Online in Britain.

Choosing the newspapers and Web sites were designers Jordas Guzman Bulha of Welt am Sonntag in Germany; Lucie Lacava, the promin
ent Canadian-based international designer; Robb Montgomery, CEO of Visual Editors and former visual editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune; Peter Ong, an Australian-based designer with clients throughout Asia and the Pacific; and Ally Palmer, a founding director of the Canadian-based newspaper design firm Palmer Watson.

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