Dagens Nyheter and Politiken (second year in a row!) are World’s Best Designed Newspapers 2012.
It’s actually very impressive. Dagens Nyheter got by the way totally 20 awards, and ended up in tenth place on the list of SND34 The Best of News Design competition.
I really want to congratulate both of them!
For Scandinavian news design is once again among the best in the world. We have also seen Svenska Dagbladet (several times) and Upsala Nya Tidning as World’s Best Designed the last ten years.
Other countries that have won this prestigious award in the last ten years are: Germany (also several times, and this year including Die Zeit and Welt am Sonntag), Canada, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Greece, United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland and Scotland.
And where are the winners from the U.S., someone perhaps wonders? Well, there are actually two from this period: The New York Times (2009) and Hartford Courant (2004).
And there is actually a very good explanation for why they have not won more times. I’ve mentioned it before, but in this year’s comments from jurors who participated in the World’s Best Designed, there is a quote that stresses why:
”It’s disheartening to see so many American newspapers that, after decades of discussion and education, still pay little or no attention to inside pages. Publications that spend a great amount of time finessing their covers but treat their inside pages like vessels to fill with commodity news until they’re full to the top are missing the point and the opportunity to be relevant.”
In Scandinavia we care about every page in the newspaper, and we should continue to do so.
Because the question is actually: What distinguishes a World’s Best Designed Newspaper?
Let us once again quote the jury of World’s Best Designed:
”A culture of careful editing of all content that puts the reader first – through stringent attention to detail. Too many designers are not driven by the content in front of them; they’re just moving elements around pages. In the best-designed publications, that connection jumps off the page.”
We should of course be really proud of the Scandinavian tradition. And we should also defend the way we present news. Especially in these times, when the design hubs seem to be spreading like wildfires over Scandinavia. You can read more about World’s Best Designed in the recent SNDS magazine.
Other good news from the Scandinavian (or at least the Swedish) horizon:
Aftonbladet is the first mediahouse in Sweden (or as they themselves put it: first in the world) to have more revenue online than on paper.
A brand new daily newspaper is to be launched in Sweden next year: Entrepreneur Johan Ehrenberg, the man behind the publisher house ETC, collects money to give out a daily ”red-green” newspaper before the 2004 election. The target to get three million Swedish kronor, and 200 pre-subscribers, is already reached.
Lots and lots of media companies throughout Scandinavia have started online pay walls. Let’s hope that the media companies are investing enough resources, so people are willing to pay for news.
Finally: Welcome to SNDScandinavias annual workshop in Copenhagen on 10-11 October!
The title this year is Wrong. We will focus on all those designers who deliberately did something wrong and suddenly hit something right.
Because it is often by the mistakes that new discoveries are made.