Furniture: Dagens Nyheter

Dagens Nyheter is a daily newspaper in Sweden and is said to have the largest circulation among Swedish morning papers. I chose this newspaper because I really liked the look and the color scheme of the paper. Even though I don’t understand a word of Swedish, the design really appealed to me.

Nameplates: The flag or nameplate of the newspaper is the title of the paper as it appears on page one. Dagens Nyheter (DN) has a very clean, simple and straightforward. I really like that they’ve used a period at the end of the title. This period is a consistent design element throughout the paper. The opening of the different sections (Sport, Culture etc.) have the same styles.

Nameplate DN.

Teasers and Promos: This is like the table of contents, but highlighting the more important articles or articles which will get more readership. There is always an attempt to try and present something from the different sections of the newspaper. Teasers and promos help guide readers through the paper. DN has its teasers and promos on page one. They cover every section of the newspaper and include some photos for particular stories. Each section also has a simple list of its content and uses lines/rules to present a magazine-like contents page.

DN. Teasers_Promos 2

DN. Teasers_Promos

Logos/Sigs/Bugs: These are the small elements that may be used to denote particular sections. I really like the stress on red, black and white. The logos follow the same scheme with the stress on periods and red-colored circles with text marking some of the articles and their theme.

DN. Logos

Byline and Credit Lines: This is the name of the writer for the articles. DN has tried to include photos for some of its special writers, but there are some inconsistencies in the cutout sizes, which makes them a little awkward and stand out at times.

Cutlines: These are the captions for the photographs. DN has cutlines for almost all photos except for the cutouts of columnist or special writers as their names are mentioned in the headline. The format of the cutlines is consistent — a description and source credit.

Drop Caps: DN has two different types of drop caps – a bold and thin one. I don’t know if there is a certain rule to it, but it seems like most of the special opinion pieces or commentary have the drop caps. For those that don’t, a red period/bullet is used before the beginning of the article.

DN. DropCaps

Pull Quotes: These are quotes or phrases from the article that are highlighted either to catch the eye of the reader or highlight something significant. Pull quotes are used as a break or relief from heavy text boxes. I haven’t seen a lot of quotes per se but there are phrases that have been highlighted from the articles. A short think red rule is used before starting these blurbs and usually given a separate column (in a way, it’s doubly highlighted by the space and font).

DN. Pull Quotes

Reverses: This is when white text is used on a darker surface, reversing the concept of having black/dark text on white paper. DN does this from time to time, where it writes its headlines on the cover photo of the sections main article.

Section Flags: These are the flags or titles marking different sections of the paper. DN follows particular colors for its sections (eg. orange for Sport) and this helps make each section a distinct element.

Rules: These are straight lines used as a design element. DN uses rules between some of its columns, they are light dotted rules. Rules are also used really nicely between section flags, slugs. I feel like some people might find it distracting, but I’m a huge fan of lines and I really like this element in DN.

DN. Rules


One Comment

  1. Nice work. … A couple of thoughts: 1) I would have liked to have known WHY you like the period on the nameplate. Why does it work? How does it work? That’s the kind of analysis I’m looking for. 2) Byline and credit lines are not just for writers. Photographers and graphic artists also earn bylines. The only ones who don’t are editors and designers. : ( 3) Please remember to show an example of the elements/choices you discuss. It’s otherwise difficult to imagine. … Good work overall.

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