Award-Winning Newspaper Designs


Print and Web are different. Traditional layout techniques from print, particularly an advanced formatting, aren’t applicable to the Web as CSS doesn’t offer sophisticated instruments to design such layouts (e.g. text floating around an embedded image; some “floating” techniques provide such results, however they produce bloated source code just as well).

At the same time the flexibility of the Web is hardly applicable to print as there is no way to customize a traditional periodical for reader’s convenience. Apart from that, online-reading is very different from offline-reading: in the latter both leading and the line length are usually much shorter.

However, there are a number of fundamental principles which are often being used in both media. Over the last years newspapers and web-sites started to apply similar principles of data presentation, such as the heavy use of white space1 and grid-based design2. The results can sometimes be very similar, but often they have almost nothing at common.

This issue of monday inspiration series is supposed to provide you with some examples of outstanding newspaper designs which have been rewarded with prestigious awards (see references at the bottom of this post), and demonstrate unusual approaches of newspaper design.

Please notice that

  • you might want to take a look at the article Data Visualization and Infographics3 we’ve presented previously,
  • all images are clickable and lead to the sources from which they’ve been taken.

El Economista (Madrid, Spain)

El Economista4 uses a very traditional, subtle and unique newspaper layout. Notice how well the typography reflects the weight of single articles. Infographics support the content and headlines are surrounded by huge amount of whitespace.

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Äripäev (Tallinn, Estonia)

Äripäev8‘s signature is the heavy use of typography. The layout may sometimes seem overcrowded, however the packaging is always clean, simple to digest and easy to read. Note the difference in weights of colors: color, grey and red are applied carefully and sparingly.

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De Morgen (Belgium)

De Morgen12 focuses on attractive packaging and a visually appealing layout. Vivid colors offer readers more eye-candy; however, they also have a function as they e.g. clearly separate quotations from the overall article. Headlines are centered, background-colors differ from page to page.

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Politiken (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Politiken16 has a very eye-pleasing, legible layout with soft, neutral colors. Notice the clean horizontal packaging on the right-hand side image below. The sharpness of typography is breathtaking.

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The Rzeczpospolita (Warsaw, Poland)

The Rzeczpospolita19 displays its conservatism in a traditional, conservative layout. No fancy images, no vivid background colors in use. The content dominates and helps the layout to gain a rather traditional look.

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Le Monde (Paris, France)

Le Monde23 presents a mix of colorful infographics, solid typography and professional content…

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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt, Germany)

…so does the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszietung27: the excerpts are distributed uniformly which gives the page a clear and easy-to-read and easy-to-scan structure. It’s not always possible, though.

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Expresso (Portugal)

Expresso31: with rich colors, clean grid-based layout and concise typography. Notice how the colors are applied and how the content is separated (see second screenshot).

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The Guardian (London, UK)

The Guardian34 has recently finished its redesign. Result: more vivid colors and more vivid blocks. However, the legibility and the sharpness of presentation don’t suffer. A nice example of how multiple colors can be used not destroying the balance between visual appeal and legibility.

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Dubai Express (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Dubai Express39 is another example of colorful yet legible layout design. The layout has 10 colors on one single page, used in different contexts in different colors. Note the sharpness of typography and use of capital letters on the front page. In this case color is definitely appropriate as the newspaper’s main topic is entertainment.

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Mint (India)

Mint43, financial daily in India, uses large indentation for typography and elegant visual highlights to separate the content. That works well: both attractive, scannable and easy-to-read.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch (US)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch46 (US) isn’t a boulevard-newspaper, but a local regional magazine. The layout has a clear content hierarchy and a very simple structure. Huge amount of whitespace: waste of space or a clever technique to focus readers’ attention on the main topics?

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Hartford Courant (US)

The Hartford Courant48 is a standout in the American newspaper market. The newspaper distinguishes itself with an enduring elegance in design and typography. Though conservative in their approach, designers engage readers with the bold use of visuals. The contrast between their quiet, understated style and the gutsy photography and illustrations create a tension that captures the attention of readers.

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Resources and Further References

The News Design Flickr Pool59


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  1. 1

    I really love this post…

    All the very best.

  2. 102

    cheers it’s about time i found a useful article on teinternet

  3. 203

    Awesome !

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    It is a complex issue and race belongs in the dialogue, but we need to understand that race is not the problem. ,

  5. 405

    This suspension set a precedent for succeeding eco- nomic crises; 1819, 1837, 1857, and so forth. ,

  6. 506

    Interesting to see that the list is predominently anglo-centric. There was no mention of any East Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea etc… I think they have some wicked designs over there. Would be nice to see some of their work.

  7. 607

    The St. Louis Post Dispatch has neither the sense nor facts to fill an article.

  8. 708

    All the newspapers use capital letters only in the beginning of the phrases. Why don’t you do that in the blog?

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    I work Mndhu 20 years in journalism and in the Arab press are out distinct and the paper I work bestowed upon the best extension at the Gulf, which was held in Amman recently, a daily newspaper albiad…

  10. 910

    WOW! I didn’t realize just how Artistic Newspaper Layouts should be, i was just out here to gather assignment info, Great Work Guys!

  11. 1011

    God Bless you for this! thanks!!

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    Adorei isso… Tks!

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    Marcos Cortes (Dominican Republic)

    May 18, 2010 9:42 pm

    Excellent man ….theres nothing more to say… and thanks for sharing.

  14. 1314

    I love you designs, quit impress, kindly send me some dummy to work with. I am a designer too. As you know we learn every day. pls send them through my email thanks.

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    1915: 1.8 Billion people,
    2010: 6.8 Billion people,
    95 years: 5 Billion people,
    2310: 22 Billion people,
    Solution to problem: Stop Creating Babies

  16. 1516

    Yeah,dont forget Zaman from Turkey.

  17. 1617

    I luff them all! :D
    Super spectacular job everyone! :P
    The one about Keskerakond is da best! :O

    • 1718

      I have to disagree with i think most of them were not the best they could be. Your so stupid i bet you have no idea of what your even talking about… I HAVE SEEN WAY BETTER!!

  18. 1819

    thanks . that was good

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    thank so much

  20. 2021

    This website is soooo amazing! I’m only in high school (I’m and editor on the school paper) but someday I hope to have some of my own pages on here! (I know, corny dream…) but till then its fun to scroll through cultures of design and maybe even take a few of the ideas for a spin on my own page =)

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    hello guys..
    now i want to layout newspaper about a art group at my university..what type layout should i do for looking very cool and style page..? link pls ? =)

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    wow im so impressed with this work i work for a very un interesting newspaper and my design expression is limited they want the same style for each and every issue and its bores the hell out of me this very good pity i cnt explore as im qualified as a graphic designer

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    all post really fantastic n bring us also those kind of knoledge that can intrest us …..n its design also very eye appealing n soothing….fabulous!!

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    i love it!!!

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    Awesome post! I really enjoyed reading this one

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    Rosalinda L.Lato

    January 3, 2012 4:16 am

    This is awesome! It will help my students a lot to learn more about lay-outing.

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    ahhhhhhhh!!!!!…..these are great designs , am thankful to these designers as they helped me in winning the contest
    thank you

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    Almost all of your links do not work. Why is that so? Please update. :) Sincerely.


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