SND34 World’s Best: Dagens Nyheter


Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm, Sweden

The judges wrote:

Dagens Nyheter is all about mixture. Topics range from serious to entertaining, with stories told in short and long forms. Looking closer, one can find variation in several more aspects.

The makers of Dagens Nyheter have mastered a range of tools such as conceptual illustration, graphics and all kinds of photography. Fun topics use photos as illustrations; a more documentary style is employed when it comes to serious stories. In any case, readers get a front-row seat since the photographers are not afraid to get close, even when witnessing tragedy. Dagens Nyheter’s primary strength is its photography and how well it’s played, giving the compact the illusion of an expansive broadsheet.

Pages are never overloaded, despite the dense content. Measured use of white space allows all visual elements room to breathe. The use of grids and templates is disciplined and admirable but not forced; it helps unify the pages throughout the publication. The sections are stitched with staples, which makes it easier for readers to use.

Even the typography varies often, particularly in headlines. In most other cases, this can be irritating, but Dagens Nyheter’s choice of fonts supports reading and distinguishing between different types of content.

The design makes no compromises when it comes to details. For example, columnists’ logos show more of the writers’ personalities through their poses and the style of their clothes.

The pages reflect the diversity of the people and the situations around them. Dagens Nyheter’s editors mix in fun and dramatic stories within one cohesive newspaper. Their journalistic and visual skills come together on every page, using all available tools to deliver an impacting report.

This mixture is what makes it both a commuter’s paper and a reader’s paper. Compared to other Scandinavian newspapers, Dagens Nyheter feels very warm.

See pages from the winning entry in this slideshow

About Lee Steele

is design editor of the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers and 2015 president of the Society for News Design.

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