Five newspapers, including two from Canada, were named by the Society of News Design as the world’s best designed newspapers, notes Grumpy Editor.
The publications were selected recently from 230 entries from 39 countries.
The winners: Excelsior, Mexico City; National Post and The Grid, both in Toronto; Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurt, Germany, and Politiken, Copenhagen.
Factors in judging included writing, visual storytelling, use of resources, execution, photography, illustrations, graphics, headlines and the paper’s “voice.”
Front pages ran from four columns to six.
With the National Post marking its third win, SND judges pointed out the newspaper “lures its readers in with a sultry beauty and then captivates them with an authoritative attitude that makes this Canadian daily a must-read.”
In taking a look at today's National Post front page, Grumpy Editor counted only three stories --- with oil price being the top --- plus two photos.
What is distinctive about the National Post’s front page is that it’s masthead runs vertically on the left side. See it here.
FAS, the Frankfurt newspaper (in a glimpse yesterday) contained the most front page news with six columns containing 15 stories, including shorts.
That came close to front page U.S. newspapers of yesteryear when front pages’ eight columns were filled with 12 to 16 stories plus art.
Orlando, Fla.-based SND’s mission is to enhance communications through visual journalism.