Field Notes: Typography of Dagens Nyheter

Dagens Nyheter was named the World’s Best Designed newspaper by SND. The clarity in their design (and the content of the newspaper) makes it easy to navigate and comprehend. The balance between white space and visual elements is done really well. The typography of DN, starting from its nameplate to its cutlines, fits in well with the whole look of the newspaper (which almost looks like a magazine).

DN uses serif typefaces for its main headlines and body text, while cutlines, jump lines, graphic text, slugs and intros are sans serif typefaces. There is a clear hierarchy in the size and this helps the reader understand the layout/placement of the story.

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The use of color in text is done very deliberately and readers can clearly make out what these colored markers mean. The color palette is also very consistent, which makes everything very familiar and easy to understand over time. I really like how DN uses reverses. It always works and stand out beautifully even if it’s on top of a photograph.