A passage from India


Judges at the Society for News Design’s Best of News Design competition are used to seeing new, innovative entries, but one set of entries this year stood out – the first entries from India.

Dianik Bhaskar entered five items in the category of News Page Design. Judges were very interested to see new publications from different areas getting involved.

“Design is an ever-evolving thing. … This is something new for us – everything we see publication-wise helps us learn,” said news design judge Rebekah Monson of the University of Miami. Monson said Dianik Bhaskar used many devices and styles seen in well-designed newspapers around the world, including breakout boxes, numbers, pull quotes and shaded boxes that typically aid readers in understanding stories.

Features judge Chris Mihal, of the Asbury Park Gannett Design Studio, said the paper does a good job of combining long-form and short-form stories.

That mixture also stood out to features judge Mary Garrison of the Advance Weekly Entertainment. She said the pages present the reader with a lot of information very quickly, and helps scanning readers to get the crux of the story and decide if they want to read more. “With every story, they tried to find another way to tell it, or to add to it,” she said.

That mixture gave the page a very personal feel for news judge Adrian Norris, of The Globe and Mail. He said the high-item count presented a lot of information in addition to items such as large jump numbers that seem to help guide the reader. Typographically, judges noted the paper’s use of what appeared to be only one font helped create a variety of voice and a clear hierarchy. “I like the font,” Norris said. “It feels modern.”

— Contributed by Thomas Marcetti of The Villages Daily Sun in Florida

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