Portugal’s new daily paper, called “I,” has redesigned how newspapers work. I’s strategy is to make a paper that acts like a magazine. While changing up the content structure is a major part of this newspapers magazine-like feel, it has also changed up the design. They’ve chopped it down to tabloid size, added more illustrations, and vowed to make each page magazine-quality design. Nick Mrozowski, I’s American art director, explained that I tried, and failed, to create pre-set designs. He says that the unique way they form their content (they do not have set sections, but rather allow what their audience needs to hear form their content for the day) does not lend well to preset design. Instead, I designers need to create design that works well with the text. This means that the designers need to create 56-64 unique pages each day. It’s a lot of work, but Mrozowski says it’s worth it.
Mario Garcia, who the Nieman Journalism Lab states is a “newspaper design guru,” has been looking to Southern Europe, Latin America, and Asia for newspaper design tips. Like Mrozowski, Garcia says that those countries newspaper design works well because it is more magazine-like. By that he means, information is arranged more to readers’ interests, multiple papers are distinctive for different regions, and foreign papers are more likely to take risks. Overall, Garcia said that innovative design has to work well with innovative text and cannot be purely cosmetic.
Dubai Express is certainly taking risks with color. It’s use of bright, vibrant colors and bold but legible text fits well with the newspaper’s entertainment focus.
Paris-based Le Monde’s use of typeface and structure is clear and concise. That combined with eye-catching infographics makes Le Monde an award-winning publication.