World’s Best-Designed Newspaper Finalists

The Society for News Design has just announced 17 finalists for World’s Best-Designed™ Newspaper. Final winners will be named at this ceremony. [Register here.]

The extraordinary finalists come from a pool of 200 international newspapers. A five-judge team unanimously selected the honorees for remarkable achievement. Only the judges know the winner(s).

Here are the final newspapers (in no particular order) vying for best of the best, with comments from the judges:

The Washington Post (United States)
The Post sets the standard for high-quality news design that transitions seamlessly to sports and features sections that are not afraid to show some whimsy. The covers sing and the inside pages are strongly organized.

Politiken (Denmark)
The power of Politiken is in its range. No matter which tool they’re using—typography, photography, illustration, art direction— they use it as well as anyone to create pages that are as fearless as any in the industry.

Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
Svenska Dagbladet editors and designers are masters at using their format, pushing and pulling it to the day’s news without ever breaking it.

Excelsior (Mexico)
Excelsior manages to burn with adrenaline while maintaining an almost-elegant typographical structure. It’s bold, it’s colorful but it flaunts its classic touches just as often.

The National Post (Canada)
The National Post is fearless and brilliant. It flies without the net of a rigid format to produce a compelling report wholly unique to each day’s news.

De Morgen (Belgium)
There is an energy that runs through De Morgen that begins with the front page and keeps going and going and going throughout the book. The paper has a near-perfect blend of illustration and photography.

Informação (Portugal)
There is such cohesiveness to this news product. It owns the format and pushes it visually time and time again. Simply remarkable.

Welt am Sonntag (Germany)
It is simple, systematic and strong. Readers can easily understand and follow structure to find whatever they need. To convey content, the paper uses proper visuals, which include photographs, illustrations and infographic, to organize news and analysis in a way that allows for easy contemplation.

The Grid (Canada)
Though it’s now departed, The Grid went out on a high, displaying strong art direction even while changing its size in the middle of the year. It was provocative, energetic and always full of surprises.

La Nacion (Argentina)
This is a beautiful, restrained paper — so disciplined. And, yet, consistently finding room for the subtle graphic, the beautiful photograph, the playful treat.

The Los Angeles Times (U.S.)
From the Oscars and the entertainment industry to California fires to the Sochi Olympics Games, this is a paper driven by the energy of its photography and some of the industry’s most elegant photo-editing, all while maintaining a serious air.

The Guardian (Britain)
How good is The Guardian? In a room full of judges with sky-high expectations for a paper that is always quite good, the collective opinion was that the The Guardian found its way to exceptional in 2014. How? It’s a paper that can toggle between whimsy and serious like virtually no other.

Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
What you expect from Dagens Nyheter is organization, which ranks among the best. But what surprises you is how the paper takes big risks within that order, often eliciting huge emotional responses from readers reacting to the power of its extraordinary photo-editing and art direction.

De Volkskrant (Netherlands)
First of all, this paper has consistent design with identity and good visual content. The design team knows how to use white space to make it all look elegant. With the combination of strong typography and stellar photography, the paper has a newsy and strong look.

Die Welt (Germany)
That such a massive, wordy broadsheet can find so much room for bursts of art and even playful humor is a testament to the consistent vision of this newspaper. There’s a strong commitment to voice that shines through.

The New York Times (U.S.)
The New York Times is the standard-bearer for American visual journalism. From photography to infographics to art direction, its range and sophistication are unrivaled.

Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
Folha de S. Paolo combines dynamic energy and strong art direction with a structure that keeps it all under control. We loved its illustrations and bold photo play.