UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 15 – 2:45 p.m. (EST)
We now have a short list of 13 finalists for the World’s Best competition. From 200 publications to choose from, here is your update, in alphabetical order with comments from the judges:
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 15 – 11:14 p.m. (EST)
The World’s Best judges started deliberations with more than 200 publications to choose from, and heading into Monday have narrowed it down to the following 40 publications:
Bergens Tidende (Norway)
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
Die Welt (Germany)
Die Zeit (Germany)
The Economic Observer (China)
The Guardian (U.K.)
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)
The Independent (U.K.)
The Independent on Sunday (U.K.)
Les Affaires (France)
Mitt i Stockholm (Sweden)
De Morgen (Belgium)
El Mundo (Spain)
La Nacion (Argentina)
The National (U.A.E.)
National Post (Canada)
The New York Times
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
The Post and Courier (S.C.)
El Comercio (Lima, Peru)
Publico (Lisbon, Portugal)
The Straits Times (Singapore)
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
The Villages Daily Sun (Fla.)
Times of Oman
Today’s Zaman (Turkey)
Welt am Sonntag Kompakt (Germany)
Welt am Sonntag (Germany)
Zero Hora (Brazil)
What will happen next? Tune in tomorrow to find out.
Update: Saturday, February 13, 2016
The judges for SND37 have begun judging for the designation of World’s Best Designed. More than 200 entries from around the world are represented.
“All the judges are hard at work in the first round, enthusiastically poring over entries from around the world,” said Colin Smith, captain of the team. “The judges are an incredibly diverse team who are getting along fantastically. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
The five judges will look closely at pages from each entered publication and winnow the field down in a grueling process to what they deem are the World’s Best Designed.
After whittling down hundreds of entries down to just around 40 in one day, the World’s Best judges sat down to talk emerging trends (or the lack of any), the diversity in entries and what they’d be doing on Valentine’s Day if they weren’t trapped in a room with newspapers.
SND: Have you guys seen any trends emerging so far?
Haika Hinze (Die Zeit): It’s too early to notice any trends! Wouldn’t you guys say?
Chris Clarke (The Guardian): Yeah, I guess you can say there have been a lot of familiar links, though. Not by region, per se, but lots of papers have similar tones and design vernaculars.
Adonis Durado (Times of Oman): I will say there are some papers that look very similar, like Scandenavian papers – German, too! You could just switch out the nameplate and not notice any differences.
CC: Yeah, the Scandinavian papers looks Scandinavian.
Genevieve Biloski (The National Post): South American papers, too. They have so much life, where these papers come from really have a formula for how they look.
AD: It’s going to be quite difficult to decide on the winners because of that!
SND: If you had to describe the entries in a couple of words, what would they be?
HH: A lot! Three words, A-L-OT, haha.
CC: I want to say diverse, especially from what we’ve seen from smaller papers and places that are maybe constrained by their size.
HH: Oh totally. It’s interesting to see what papers are giving to their particular audience.
AD: I don’t know! For me, it’s just still so early to be able to describe them all as a group.
CC: I mean, some of these smaller papers have fewer resources and all these constraints and to see what they’re doing with what they have is really incredible.
Brian Gross (The Washington Post): I just think it’s just such a privilege to look at all these papers from around the world. To hold them in your hands and look at them, it’s pretty amazing.
CC: Oh yeah, there’s absolutely so much I’ve seen from around the world that I want to keep and I’m just so surprised by.
SND: If you weren’t here, what would you be doing on Valentine’s Day? Oh, and what’s your best pickup line?
GB: I’ve been with the same guy for 20 years so I have no pickup lines, I have no game! Maybe I’d be hanging out with my kids, enjoying some treats with them.
AD: I’d hug my wife very tight! It’s just so cold here, haha.
CC: I don’t think we have pickup lines in Britain. And the accent doesn’t really work outside of the States, haha. I don’t know what I’d be doing, I did do a quick drawing this morning. If you want, you can show it from my Instagram and that will be my Valentine’s Day gift to everyone.
HH: I’d be sleeping! We don’t have Valentine’s Day in Germany, haha.
BG: I actually bought some tickets to go to a show for my wife a couple months ago, not realizing I’d be here, haha. She’s seen the weather up here so I don’t think she’s too mad.
AD: Oh, wait, I do have a pickup line! Ready?
SND: Let’s hear it.
AD: Are you the Revenant? Because it looks like you need a bear hug.
(Chris’s Valentine’s Day gift to everyone.)
– By Luis Rendon, photos by Becky Markovitz