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Credit

SOCIETY FOR NEWS DESIGN President: Rob Schneider Vice President: David Kordalski Secretary/Treasurer: Lee Steele Immediate Past President: Jonathon Berlin Executive Director: Stephen Komives International Relations: Crist贸bal Edwards Regional Director Middle East and Africa: Douglas Okasaki Country coordinator Oman: Adonis Durado Interviews by: Adonis Durado Book Editor & Designer: Talib Jariwala

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SND20 Competetion

This competition aims to promote creative

Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman,

excellence and innovation in news design

Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon.

in the Middle Eastern region. The main idea is to share with everyone the best of our production in the industry last year. Selected by a jury of leading design professionals, the winners were selected for outstanding work. For the first edition, the competition received more than 650 entries from

Competition judges may issue Awards of Excellence, Silver Medals, Gold Medals and SND20 Special Recognition Award of Excellence: It honors outstanding entries for the truly excellent work, going beyond mere technical or aesthetic competency.

countries in the region such as Iran, United

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SND20 Competetion

Silver Medal: This award is given for work that goes beyond excellence. The technical proficiency of the Silver Medal should stretch the limits of the medium. Gold Medal: This award is presented for work that defines the state of the art. Such an entry should stretch the limits of creativity. SND20 Special Recognitions this year goes to Times of Oman and Al Shabiba team for Infographics. The body of work of Infographics produced by their team are consistent, informative and incredible art direction. Also a large production with high level of quality. The competition is held annually and is open for all publications in the region. So start collecting your best pages for submission and have a chance for your works to be recognized worldwide.

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Meet the Judges

Most widely-recognized names in design

pages, photos, illustrations and

industry from all over the world will be in

Infographics for magazines and

Dubai as judges in THE BEST OF MIDDLE

newspapers.

EAST NEWS DESIGN competition. They are a mixed of professionals with dierent backgrounds including design directors, independent journalist, professors, graphic designers, design consultant and Infographics artists. The categories includes: best front page and cover, best news, features, sport The Best Of Middle East News Design! 7


Meet the Judges

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Cristobal Edwards Director of international relations at SND

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Clarity and perspective in News Paper design are key in visual 
 journalism. This 
 intelligent way to 
 design news is what deserves an award.

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Lucie Lacava Design consultant

66

I was really impressed with the features and 
 illustrations category, some of the works made me laugh in 
 a good way!

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Karl Gude Graphics Editor-in-Residence

66

What surprises me is something which has never been done 
 before or something
 fundamentally
 different

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Hans Peter Janisch Design Consultant

66

The pages that I have seen are absolutely great. No matter if its news, feature or any other category they have stunning 
 illustrations

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Maher Al Johari Infographics Editor

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"The idea behind the 
 infographic is more 
 important than the 
 illustration itself. 
 A superior infographic is the one with right combination 
 of information 
 and details

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Mohammed Almezel How did the leading newspaper in Middle East manage to switch gracefully from 
 broadsheet to compact format? Gulf News Managing Editor talks to SND 20.

1.  Why a Berliner format? With the rise in competition between the traditional and digital media, Gulf News

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‫اذا اخترتم تصميم بيرلنر؟‬ ‫في ظل زيادة حدة املنافسة بني امليديا الرقمية وامليديا‬

has always been a regional leader in inno-

‫ "غلف نيوز" كانت دوما صحيفة رائدة على‬،‫التقليدية‬

vation and bringing new ideas to preserve

‫مستوى املنطقة في االبتكار وجلب أفكار جديدة من أجل‬

the viability of newspapers without compromising the integrity of the institution. With the new move to Berliner, the newspaper is again setting a trend in the region, where no other newspaper is published in this format. In recent years, several leading international newspapers have moved to Ber-

‫الحفاظ على الجدى من الصحيفة من دون التأثير على‬ ‫ وبانتقالنا في‬.‫تكامل املؤسسة التي تصدر عنها ككل‬ ‫قياس الصفحة‬  -(‫التصميم إلى األسلوب الوسطي )بيرلنر‬ ‫ أسسنا مرة أخرى لتوجه‬-‫ ملم تقريبا‬470 *‫ ملم‬315 ‫ فما من جريدة كانت تصدر بهذا‬،‫جديد في املنطقة‬ ‫ تحولت‬،‫ وفي السنوات األخيرة القريبة‬.‫القياس من قبل‬ The Best Of Middle East News Design! 18


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liner as they realize that in order to stay on top in the media game, they must evolve

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also in format, design, and most importantly, in the content they offer to their audiences. 2. Was it planned that the change of format should coincide with the total redesign? Of course. One goes with the other. As the size got smaller, we’ve made sure that our readers get more of the quality content they become accustomed to. 3. Gulf News is the trendsetter in visual journalism in the Middle East. Do you predict that all the broadsheet newspapers in the region will follow suit? I believe most, of not all, will do. It certainly

‫ ألنها‬،‫ديد من الصحف العاملية الكبرى إلى هذا القياس‬ ‫ عليها أن‬،‫أدركت أنه ولكي تبقى في القمة في عالم امليديا‬ ،‫ واألكثر أهمية‬، ‫تطور من نفسها في القياس والتصميم‬ 
.‫ي املحتوى الذي تقدمه للجمهور‬

will take time, as it is not just cutting the size down. It involves technical infrastructure such as the printing press and publishing system. But most importantly, it takes a complete change in the mind-set of journalists and editors. The interactive experience is the way to go in order to be relevant and viable but it needs a real effort on

2‫هل كان مخططا ألن يتزامن تغيير قياس الصفحات مع‬ 
‫ملية إعادة التصميم الشاملة للجريدة؟‬ ‫ فمع صغر حجم‬.‫ كالهما يسير جنبا إلى جنب‬،‫بالطبع‬ ‫ كنا حريصني على أن يجد القراء املحتوى‬،‫الصفحات‬ 
.‫لجيد الذي اعتادوا أن يجده في الصحيفة‬

the part of the media organisation.

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4. Did you see dramatic change in the editorial copy when you change to a smaller format? Was there realignment and restructuring to cope with the change of format? Definitely. Our copies now tend to be shorter, snappier and visually attractive. The newspaper restructuring was a twolayer process: in the pagination where some sections became standalones (like the Views, Technology, Motoring, Health,

3‫تعد "غلف نيوز" هي املؤسس لإلتجاهات في عالم‬ ‫ فهل تتوقع أن‬.‫الصحافة البصرية في الشرق األوسط‬ ‫تتحول كل الصحف ذات الحجم الكبير إلى الحجم‬ 
‫لوسطي؟‬ .‫ إن لم يكن جميعها‬،‫أعتقد أن أغلب الصحف ستفعل ذلك‬ ‫ فاملسألة ليست مجرد‬،‫وبالتأكيد سيستغرق األمر وقتا‬ ‫ هي تشمل بنية‬.‫التخلص من جزء من مساحة الصفحة‬ ‫ لكن األكثر أهمية هو أن هذا‬.‫ كنظم الطباعة‬،‫أساسية فنية‬

Education and Personal Finance) and oth-

‫ فالخبرة‬.‫يستلزم تغييرا في ذهنية الصحفيني واملحررين‬

ers merged (like Middle East and World,

‫التفاعلية هي الطريقة الفعالة لتكون الصحيفة ذات صلة‬

UAE and Gulf). The second layer was the newsroom itself to accommodate the changes in both the new pagination and the emphasis on in-depth copies and visuals. 5. What were the greatest challenges during the implementation?

‫ لكن هذا يحتجا إلى جهد حقيقي من‬،‫وذات جدوى‬ 
.‫ملؤسسة االعالمية التي تصدر عنها‬ 4‫هل كل هناك تغييرا كبيرا في الجوانب التحريرية عندما‬ ‫تحولتم إلى قياس أصغر؟ هل كان هناك إعادة تنظيم‬ 
‫إعادة هيكلة للتوائم مع تغيير القياس؟‬

First was the new design concept. It took

‫ فاملوضوعات اآلن أميل ألن تكون أقصر وأقل‬.‫بالتأكيد‬

us a long time to discuss and visualise the

‫ وإعادة الهيكلة كانت عملية من‬.‫تعقديا وجذابة بصريا‬

way our new design should look like. Sec-

‫ حيث أصبحت بعض‬،‫ عملية ترقيم الصفحات‬:‫طبقتني‬

ondly, a whole process of educating, training and restructuring the newsroom to get the best of our transformation.

‫املالزم )أقسام تحريرية( بمفردها )مثل صفحات الرأي و‬ ‫التكنولوجيا والسيارات والصحة والتعليم والتمويل‬ ‫الشخصي( ومالزم أخرى اندمجت )مثل صفحات الشرق‬

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6. How did the advertisers react to the change? And the readers?

‫شخصي( ومالزم أخرى اندمجت )مثل صفحات الشرقات‬

The decision was to surprise the readers. It

‫ والتي هدفت إلى‬،‫الطبقة الثانية فهي عملية التحرير ذاتها‬

was a complete surprise to advertisers too. But the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. Gulf News continues to be the leading medium of advertisers in the UAE. The readers are still getting used to the new format, especially the new sections which they used to get within the main

‫ أما‬.(‫املحلية والتي اندمجت مع الصفحات الخليجية‬ ‫تحقيق املوائمة مع التغيرات في القياس؛ سواء الترقيم‬ ‫الجديد أو التوكيد على القصص واملوضوعات في العمق‬ 
  .‫املواد البصرية املساندة‬ 5
‫ا هي أكبر التحديات التي واجهتموها وقت التطبيق؟‬

news sections. Overall, we are encouraged

‫ لقد استغرقنا وقتا‬.‫أولها كان مفهوم التصميم الجديد‬

by the feedback and proud that such a

.‫طويال لنناقش ونتخيل كيف سيكون التصميم الجديد‬

massive project was done completely in-

‫وثانيها كان عملية كاملة من التثقيف والتدريب واعادة‬

house.

‫التنظيم لصالة التحرير للحصول على األفضل في عملية‬

7. As Managing Editor, what was the biggest role you played during the redesign? Any lessons you can impart?


  .‫لتحول هذه‬

The entire project was a collective effort in-

‫كيف كانت ردة فعل املعلنني تاجه التغيير؟ وماذا عن القراء‬

volving the entire Gulf News team. I really am proud to be part of this team that achieved a huge accomplishment in a very limited time. The Editor-in-chief, the De-

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‫يضا؟‬ ‫ وكانت مفاجأة بمعنى الكلمة‬.‫كان قرارنا أن نفاجئ القراء‬ .‫ لكن ردة الفعل كانت إيجابية تماما‬.‫بالنسبة للمعلنني‬

sign Director and I worked for several

‫واستمرت "غلف نيوز" النافذة االعالنية والدعائية الرائدة‬

months as I said in isolation discussing the

‫ فهم شيئا فشيئا يعتادون على‬،‫ أما القراء‬.‫في االمارات‬

design concept, reviewing sketches, pagi-

‫ وبخاصة فيما يتعلق بالترقيم الجديد‬،‫التصميم الجديد‬

nating, titling the different sections, choos-

‫ تشجعنا كثيرا‬،‫ وفي املجمل‬.‫والتوزيع الجديد للمالزم‬

ing the right colours, and with the help of

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an outside consultant choosing the right

،‫ضل املراجعات التي كانت تأتينا من القراء واملعلنني‬

typography -- which are by the way cus-

‫ونحن فخورون بأن هذا املشروع الهائل تم داخل املؤسسة‬

tomised exclusively for Gulf News. But the most challenging task was to prepare the newsroom to the radical change that happened on June 1st. it took lots of meetings, briefings and a couple of veteran coaches from the US to help us during the


.‫الكامل‬ 7‫ ما هو الدور األكبر الذي لعبته خالل عملية‬،‫كمدير تحرير‬ 
‫عادة التصميم؟ وهل هناك من دروس تخبرنا بها؟‬

transition. Another challenge was the new

‫كان املشروع بالكامل جهدا جماعيا اشترك فيه كل فريق‬

workflow. The re-launch coincided, by

‫ و أنا فخور أني جزء من هذا الفريق الذي‬."‫"غلف نيوز‬

choice, with an upgrade of our publishing

‫ وقد عملت أنا‬.‫حقق إنجازا كبيرا في وقت محدود للغاية‬

system- the new workflow is based on a web-first process so all copies must be edited for the web before they are edited and prepared for the print edition. It took a com-

‫لشهور عديدة كما قلت‬  ‫ورئيس التحرير ومدير التصميم‬ ‫في السابق بشكل منفرد على مناقشة مفهوم التصميم‬ ‫ومراجعة االسكيتشات و الترقيم وعنونة املالزم املختلفة‬

plete change of mind-set and training to

‫ وبمساعدة مستشار من خارج‬،‫واختيار األلوان املناسبة‬

get over our traditional approach to editing

-‫ عملنا معا على اختيار الطوبوغرفي املناسب‬،‫الصحيفة‬

and publishing. I guess that was the most

.‫وباملناسبة هذا الطوبوغرفي مصمم خصيصا لغلف نيوز‬

challenging task faced me during this exciting adventure. 8. With the new design, news stories have shorter and compact. Is this a good thing? Why? It is a great thing. With the rise of smart and mobile technology, our audiences have little time to scan the stories and

‫لكن املهمة األكثر صعوبة كانت تجهيز صالة التحرير‬ ‫ احتجنا‬.‫للتغيير الراديكالي الذي حدث في األول من يونيو‬ ،‫للكثير من االجتماعات مع الصحفيني واملحررين‬ ‫باالضافة إلى اثنني من املدربني املخضرمني من أمريكا‬ ‫ أما التحدي األخر‬.‫ملساعدتنا خالل تلك املرحلة االنتقالية‬ ‫ حيث تزامن اصدار‬.‫فكان الشكل الجديد لتدفق العمل‬ ‫العدد األول بالشكل الجديد مع تحديث لنظام النشر‬

choose to read what interest them. Stories

‫ ونظام سير العمل الجديد يعتمد على ما‬.‫املعتمد لدينا‬

are competing for attention. We now have

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a more relaxing read on in the Weekend

‫يتم تحرير كل املوضوعات لتتناسب مع االنترنت أوال قبل‬

Edition. Shorter copies are thus more en-

‫أن يتم تحريرها واعدادها لتتناسب مع النسخة املطبوعة‬

gaging and interactive.  It is a challenge for veteran reporters used to writing 800 or 900 words. But we managed to utilise our web-first process to give the online readers more of the content they like without

‫ استلزم األمر عملية تغيير ذهنية كاملة وتدريب‬.(‫)الورقية‬ ‫ وأظن أن‬.‫للتحرير والنشر‬  ‫للتغلب على النهج التقليدي‬ ‫هذه هي أصعب التحديات التي واجهتني خالل هذه‬ 
  .‫ملغامرة املثيرة‬

having to endure text-heavy pages in the print. The combination is working beautifully for us. 9. Is the GN's new mantra is "less is more"? I should say that in Gulf News, we never think of less or more. We are now actually offering more stories in smaller size. Our policy has always been to inform and entertain. If certain subjects need a bigger copy, so be it. But we are leaning towards educating both our staff and audience to tell

8،‫ أصبحت القصص االخبارية أقصر‬،‫مع التصميم الجديد‬ 
‫هل هذا أمر جيد؟ وملاذا؟‬ ،‫ فمع انتشار التكنولوجيا الذكية ونقالة‬.‫إنه أمر عظيم‬ ‫أصبح لدى الجمهور وقت أقل ليتصفح بشكل سريع كل‬ ‫ املوضوعات‬.‫املوضوعات ليختار من بينها ما يهمه ليقرأه‬ ‫ وفي نسخة عطلة‬.‫تتنافس على شد انتباه الجمهور‬ ‫ أصبح بمقدور القارئ أن يستمتع باملزيد من‬،‫األسبوع‬ ‫ تكون القصص‬،‫ وبذلك‬.‫االسترخاء عند التصفح‬ ‫واملوضوعات األقصر أكثر جذبا للقراء وتحقق تفاعل أكبر‬

and read the stories as complete pack-

‫ هو بمثابة‬،‫ وبالنسبة للصحفيني املخضرمني‬.‫من قبلهم‬

ages -- perhaps a shorter text but rich in

.‫ كلمة‬900 ‫ كلمة أو‬800 ‫التحدي أن يكتب الواحد منه‬

visuals and supporting elements. That has always been Gulf News’s strength and which has won us dozens of awards in SND and other bodies.

‫لكننا خططنا لتحقيق أكبر استفادة من النسخة‬ ‫ فهي تعطي الجمهور فرصة لالطالع على‬،‫االلكترونية‬ ‫ من دون االضطرار إلى تحمل مطالعة‬،‫املزيد من املحتوى‬ ‫ وهذا‬.‫صفحات مليئة بالنصوص في النسخة املطبوعة‬ 
.‫لتوليفة تعمل بشكل رائع بالنسبة لنا‬

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‫‪9‬‬‫هل يمكن القول أن تعويذة "غلف نيوز" الجديدة هي "أقل‬ ‫عني أكثر"؟
‬ ‫يجدر بي أن أقول إنه في "غلف نيوز" لم نفكر أبدا من‬ ‫منطلف "أقل" أو "أكثر"‪ .‬ونحن في الواقع نوفر في الوقت‬ ‫الراهن للقراء عدد أكبر من املوضوعات في مساحة أقل‪.‬‬

‫‪10. Can you tell us the highlight of the‬‬ ‫‪topic that you're going to speak in Bei‬‬‫?‪rut‬‬ ‫‪Hopefully, participants will find my story in‬‬‫‪teresting. It will be the story of the Gulf‬‬ ‫‪News evolution from a small tabloid news‬‬‫‪paper to a powerhouse of multimedia or-‬‬

‫لقد كانت سياستنا دوما هي أن "نخبر" و"نمتع"‪ .‬وفي‬

‫‪ganization that is leading the press scene‬‬

‫حال أن كان هناك موضوعات بعينها بحاجة إلى تغطية‬

‫‪in the Gulf.‬‬

‫عبر مساحة أكبر‪ ،‬نخصص لها املساحة الكافية‪ .‬لكننا‬ ‫نميل دوما لتثقيف كل من طاقمنا وجمهورنا معا‪ ،‬ليسردوا‬ ‫ويقرأوا املوضوعات كحزم متكاملة‪ -‬ربما يكون النص‬ ‫أقصر‪ ،‬لكنه ثري بالعناصر املساندة والبصرية‪ .‬وذلك كان‬ ‫دوما موطن قوة "غلف نيوز" وهو صاحب الفضل في‬ ‫فوزنا بالعديد من الجوائز من جمعية التصميم الصحفي‬ ‫الكيانات األخرى املعنية‪
.‬‬ ‫‪10‬‬‫هل يمكن أن تعطينا إضاءات حول املوضوع الذي‬ ‫تتحدث عنه في بيروت؟
‬ ‫آمل أن يجد املشاركون فيما سأحكيه لهم أمرا شيقا‪.‬‬ ‫سأتحدث عن قصة تطور "غلف نيوز" من صحيفة نصفية‬ ‫)تابلويد( صغيرة إلى موطن قوة مؤسسة ملتيميديا تتصدر‬ ‫ملشهد الصحفي في منطقة الخليج‪
  .‬‬ ‫‪ ‬‬

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Osama Aljawish Award-winning designer Osama Aljawish talks to SND20 about his thoughts, approaches and challenges in Arabic news design.

1. What is your greatest challenge as an Arabic newspaper designer? I realize that easy to design a good page, but it’s difficult to design a “wow” page. Nowadays, life is running at the speed of light. And with the over-speeding development of media and technology, readers are getting intensely impatient and they want

‫ما هو أكبر تحدي تواجهه كمصمم لألخبار باللغة‬    .1 
‫لعربية؟‬ ‫ ولكنه من‬،‫أدرك أنه من السهل تصميم صفحة جيدة‬ ‫ وفي هذه األيام تسير‬."‫الصعب تصميم صفحة "رائعة‬ ‫ وفي ظل التطور السريع لوسائل‬،‫الحياة بسرعة الضوء‬ ‫اإلعالم والتكنولوجيا أصبح القراء ال يطيقون الصبر‬ ‫ ولذلك فأنت كمصمم‬.‫ويريدون الفهم السريع ملا يقرؤونه‬

quick access to what they read. So as de-

‫ ولكن لكي تفعل ذلك‬،‫تريد القارئ أن يتوقف وتلفت انتباهه‬

signer, you want them stop and capture

.‫يجب أن يكون تصميمك بارزا وملحوظا وينتج تأثيرا رائعا‬

their attention, but in order to do that, your design must be a real standout and


.‫هذا هو ربما أكبر تحدي نواجهه هذه األيام‬

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achieve a wow-factor. This is probably the biggest challenge we’re facing nowadays.

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2. How do you assess the current state of design of Middle Eastern newspapers – both English and Arabic? Arabic newspapers strive to change and innovate in keeping with the newspapers trends around the world. But I think the progress is a bit slow, and they will still need more time to achieve their goal and overcome many obstacles. 3. Why? Is it because Arabic readers are a bit conservative, as one would presume? And what are these obstacles?

‫كيف تقيم وضع التصميم الراهن في الصحف‬    .2

Yes, and at the same time, Arabic newspa-

‫الصحف العربية تناضل من أجل التغيير واالبتكار ملسايرة‬

pers are strongly bound by many laws, socio-religiously and politically. It is evident that there’s limited space for press freedom in the Middle East, and this contributes to the decline of readership with yearning to read sensitive yet essential top-


‫لشرق أوسطية – العربية منها واإلنجليزية؟‬ ‫ ولكني أعتقد أن التقدم‬،‫توجهات الصحف حول العالم‬ ‫ وسيظلون يحتاجون إلى املزيد من املوقت‬،‫بطيء نوعا ما‬ 
.‫تحقيق هدفهم والتغلب على العديد من العقبات‬ ،‫ملاذا؟ هل ألن القراء العرب متحفظون إلى حد ما‬    .3

ics but maybe considered taboo to be put


‫ما يمكن أن يفترض البعض؟ وما هي هذه العقبات؟‬

into print.

‫ وفي نفس الوقت القراء العرب مقيدون بالعديد من‬،‫نعم‬

4. Can you tell us briefly what do we expect from the topic that you’re going to present?

‫ ومن‬.‫القوانني واألمور االجتماعية الدينية وكذلك السياسية‬ ‫الواضح أن املجال محدود أمام حرية الصحافة في‬ ‫ وهذا يسهم في انخفاض جمهور القراء‬،‫الشرق األوسط‬

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Basically, I’ll be giving ideas on how to ap-

‫ء الحريصني على قراءة املوضوعات الحساسة والضرورية‬

proach a story and creatively design it on a

‫في نفس الوقت ولكنها يمكن أن تعتبر من األمور املمنوع‬

page. 5. So, what is your approach or method in designing a feature story? Is there a formula?


.‫و املحرم نشرها في الصحف‬ ‫هل لك أن تخبرنا بإيجاز ماذا نتوقع من املوضوع‬    .4 
‫لذي ستقدمه؟‬

I don’t follow one approach. I try to change

‫باألساس سأقدم أفكارا حول كيفية معالجة القصة‬

style according to the subject matter. In


.‫الخبرية( وتصميمها بشكل مبتكر على الصفحة‬

fact, the subject itself will lend inspiration on how to design a page -- in what style and in what concept. But there are few steps that I always follow. First, I have to read the story very well. Second, I choose

‫إذن ما هو منهجك أو طريقتك في تصميم املقالة‬    .5 
‫(؟ هل هناك صيغة محددة لذلك؟‬feature) ‫لخاصة‬ ‫ بل أحاول تغيير األسلوب طبقا‬،‫أنا ال أتبع منهجا واحدا‬

a suitable treatment that suits an idea. And

‫ املوضوع نفسه هو‬،‫ وفي الحقيقة‬.‫ملوضوع القصة أو املقال‬

lastly, I do fine tuning of all the elements by

‫ بأي‬... ‫الذي يعطي اإللهام حول كيفية تصميم الصفحة‬

making sure that the subject matter and the visuals are wedded together. 6. You mentioned earlier that design shouldn’t just look good, but it has to be great or what you call "wow"? Please explain. You get a nice feeling when you make a good design. But it is more rewarding when you take it further, to the next level. It’s a kind of design that when a reader sees a page, he will immediately utter the word “Wow!” So there’s really a big differ-

‫ ولكن هناك بعض الخطوات التي‬.‫أسلوب وبأي مفهوم‬ ‫ ثانيا‬.‫ أوال البد أن أقرأ القصة جيدا‬.‫عادة ما أتبعها‬ ‫ وأخيرا أقوم بضبط‬.‫أختارمعالجة مناسبة تناسب الفكرة‬ ‫جميع العناصر بالتأكد من أن موضوع القصة والصور‬ 
.‫تناسبة مع بعضها البعض‬ ‫ذكرت سابقا أن التصميم ال ينبغي فقد أن يبدو‬    .6 ‫ أو على حد تعبيرك‬،‫جيدا بل يجب أن يكون ممتازا‬ 
.‫ أرجو التوضيح‬."‫رائعا‬ ،‫أنت تحصل على شعور جيد عندما تصنع تصميما جيدا‬ ‫ أي‬،‫ولكن الشعور األفضل هو عندما تصنع شيئا إضافيا‬ The Best Of Middle East News Design! 27


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ence between what is good design versus what is great design. With the latter, you really know that you’ve moved the reader and did something beyond expectation. 7. By the way, what is your favorite Arabic newspaper? Frankly, I don’t have one. There are too many good newspapers to name them, and each one is distinct. So I try to take advantage of all these facets.


‫ ما هي صحيفتك العربية املفضلة؟‬،‫باملناسبة‬    .7 ‫ هناك الكثير جدا من‬.‫بصراحة ليس عندي صحيفة مفضلة‬ ‫ وكل واحدة‬،‫الصحف الجيدة ال أستطيع ذكرها جميعا‬ 
.‫ ولذلك فأنا أحاول االستفادة من كل الجوانب‬.‫نها مميزة‬ ‫ وقد‬،SND ‫يمكن القول إنك أول عربي يفوز بجائزة‬    .8 ‫ أخبرنا‬.‫فزت سلفا بمجموعة جوائر أخرى العام املاضي‬ 
.‫يف أثرت الجوائر فيك كمصمم‬ ‫ أصبحت حياتي عامة وحياتي املهنية خاصة أكثر‬،‫حسنا‬ ‫صعوبة! )يضحك( وهذا التحدي الذي فرضته على نفسي‬

8. You’re arguably the first Arab to win an SND award. And you’ve already accumulated quite a handful in the last two years. Tell us how did the awards affect you as a designer?

‫ والسؤال الكبير الذي يطاردني‬.‫وصل إلى مستوى ملحمي‬

Well, my life and career have become more

‫ألتقدم بالشكر إلى الدكتور ماريو جارسيا )من مؤسسة‬

difficult! (Laugh) This challenge that I imposed to myself has gone to epic proportion. The big question that always daunts me: How do I maintain this success? And each day is always a trial with new topic that awaits new approach and treatment. By the way, let me also take this as an op-

‫دائما هو كيف أحافظ على هذا النجاح؟ وكل يوم يمر هو‬ ‫بمثابة تجربة مع موضوع جديد ينتظر منهج ومعالجة‬ ‫ دعني أيضا أغتنم هذه الفرصة‬،‫ وباملناسبة‬.‫جديدين‬ ‫جارسيا ميديا( على تشجيعه وإلهامه لي عندما كان يعمل‬ 
.‫ستشارا لتايمز أوف عمان والشبيبة‬ ‫أنت تقوم بتصميم صفحاتك وتوضيحها بالرسوم في‬    .9 ‫ هل من الضروري أن يكون املصمم قادرا‬.‫نفس الوقت‬ 
‫لى التوضيح بالرسوم؟ وملاذا؟‬

portunity to thank Dr. Mario Garcia (of Gar-

‫ وأجرى التجربة‬،‫ مدير اإلبداع‬،‫هذا العام دفعنا مديرنا‬

cia Media) for the encouragement and in-

‫ وفي‬،‫ املصمم عليه أن يوضح صفحته بالرسوم‬:‫التالية‬

spiration that he gave me while working as

illus) ‫›نفس الوقت على من يقوم بوظيفة التوضيح بالرسوم‬ ‫ وقد اكتشف كل العاملني أن‬.‫( أن يصمم صفحته‬trator The Best Of Middle East News Design! 28


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a consultant for Times of Oman and Al Shabiba. 9. You both design and illustrate your own pages. Is it necessary that designers should also be able to illustrate? Why? This year our creative director has pushed us and did this experimentation: designer will have to illustrate their own page, while illustrator will have to design their own page. All the staff discovered that harness-

‫تسخير مهارات املرء في التصميم والتوضيح بالرسوم يقدم‬ 
.‫يزة كبيرة في تصور الصفحة‬ ‫ دعنا‬.‫أخبرنا عن خصوصيات التصميم العربي‬  .10 ‫نقول إن مصمما غير عربي يريد أن يتعلم التصميم‬ 
‫ فما هي أول خطوة؟‬،‫لعربي‬ ‫ واملصمم غير العربي‬.‫التصميم العربي معقد ودقيق‬ ‫ فتوجيه‬.‫سيواجه تحدي فهم دقائق اللغة العربية وكتابتها‬ ‫الكتابة هو من اليمني إلى الشمال بدال من الشمال إلى‬ ‫ واأللفبائية العربية دائما تكتب بأنواع خطوط‬،‫اليمني‬

ing one’s illustration and design skills

‫معقدة في حركاتها صعودا وهبوطا إضافة على عالمات‬

would play a major advantage in visualiz-

‫ وأهم نصيحة يمكن أن أقدمها هي فهم الثقافة‬.‫التشكيل‬

ing a page. 10. Tell us the peculiarities of Arabic design. Let say a non-Arabic designer would want to learn Arabic design. What is the first step?

‫ فهناك أشياء كثيرة ال تستطيع أن تظهرها أو‬.‫العربية‬ ‫ ولكل دولة عربية خصائصها مما‬،‫تعرضها على صفحتك‬ .‫هو مسموح به وما هو غير مسموح به‬

Arabic design is delicate and tricky. For Non-Arabic, he’ll face the challenge in understanding the nuances of Arabic language and its writing. The orientation is right-to-left, instead of left-to-right in contrast with its Latin counterpart. The Arabic alphabet is also always written as script with complicated descenders-ascenders and diacritical markings. And the most im-

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portant advice I can give: Understand the culture. There are many things you can’t show or visualize in your page, and each Arab country has its own peculiarities of what is allowable and what is not.

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Ziad El-Kassis Art Director of An-Nahar, a leading Arabic-language daily in Lebanon, takes us through the challenges encountered during and after a dramatic redesign by Garcia Media in 2011.

1. At some point, why do you think a newspaper needs to redesign? Media is currently speeding as internet and television are pulling away the reader’s attention, and the role of newspaper has been affected. Traditionally, newspaper design is boring, and the new breed of readers won’t waste time reading it. That’s why

1‫ يجب أن تعيد الصحيفة‬،‫ وفي وقت ما‬،‫ملاذا ترى أنه‬ 
‫صميمها بالكامل؟‬ ‫ فاإلنترنت والتلفزيون‬،‫خطوات امليديا في تسارع كبير اآلن‬ .‫ وبالتالي تأثر دور الصحف‬،‫يشدان انتباه القارئ‬ ‫ والجيل‬،‫ عملية تصميم الصحف عملية مملة‬،‫وتقليديا‬ ‫ وهذا‬.‫الجديد من القراء لن يضيع وقته في قراءة الصحف‬

every newspaper with an old design

‫هو السبب في أنه على كل صحيفة اآلن لم تقم بعد باعادة‬

should think about redesigning -- shorter

‫ النصوص القصيرة واالعتماد‬-‫التصميم أن تفكر فيه جديا‬

text, more visuals, more interactivity, etc.

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2. You were greatly involved as an art director when Garcia Media redesigned your newspaper more than a year ago.

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Well, as an art director, working with Dr. Mario Garcia is a new experience. Mario is a wise man with a vision for the newspaper’s future. I remember him saying: “I HAVE INK IN MY BLOOD”. I learned a great deal from him as he explained to me the history of newspaper and where it is heading in ten years time. When Mario and I were working on the redesign, he taught me how An-Nahar should be presented, what colors are best for our palette, as well as how editors should think and write.

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For me, Mario is one of the best – if not the

‫كان لك دور كبير عندما قامت "جارسيا ميديا" باعادة‬

best – in the field of visual journalism, and I


.‫ حدثنا عن ذلك‬،‫صميم واخراج صحيفة النهار قبل عام‬

am fortunate to gain a lot from him.

‫ كمدير فني كان العمل مع الدكتور ماريو جارسيا‬،‫حسنا‬

3. When the new An-Nahar newspaper debuted, how did this affect your daily work, compared with its previous design? Does it require more labor -- creatively -- from your part? The new design is totally different from the

‫ هو رجل حكيم لديه رؤية‬.‫تجربة جديدة بالنسبة لي‬ ‫" في‬:‫ وأنا أتذكر قوله‬.‫بخصوص مستقبل الصحيفة‬ ‫ ولقد تعلمت منه كثيرا‬."‫عروقي يجري الحبر بدال من الدم‬ ‫بينما كان يشرح لي تاريخ الصحيفة وإلى أين تتجه وأين‬ ‫ وعندما كانا‬.‫ستكون في فترة السنوات العشرة القادمة‬

old. When the new design was completed,

‫ علمني كيف يجب أن‬،‫نعمل على إعادة اإلخراج والتصميم‬

I built new templates and master pages

‫ وكيف يجدر‬،‫ ما هي أفضل األلوان لها‬،‫تظهر النهار للقراء‬

with different variations for each page. I

‫ ماريو واحد من‬،‫ بالنسبة لي‬.‫باملحررين أن يفكروا ويكتبوا‬

also hired more staff in my department --

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fresh creative designers ready to partake the knowledge I want to share with them. My schedule was very hectic as I worked 20 hours a day for 3 to 4 months. With two shifts per day, it was really hard at the beginning. And I have continuously police the layout on the daily basis, for I fear that not doing so, the design and grid might change or disappear. 4. So how did your readers perceive the new design? For the first few weeks, I received many complaints, because our readers were not used to it. I think that’s a normal reaction when one is given something new. But as time goes by, our readers loved and embraced it. And they find our paper much easier to read. So lately, I’ve been receiving a good deal of positive remarks. 5. An-Nahar is one of the oldest newspapers in Lebanon. I'm sure the volume of its readerships comes from older generations who have subscribed to your paper for decades. But what is your newspaper doing to entice new generation of readership?

‫ إن لم يكن‬،‫ضل املوجودين في مجال الصحافة املرئية‬ 
.‫ألفضل على اإلطالق‬ 3‫ كيف أثر هذا‬،‫بعدما خرجت النهار في شكلها الجديد‬ ‫ مقارنة بالتصميم القديم؟ هل تطلب‬،‫على عملك اليومي‬ 
‫ من جانبك؟‬-‫ اإلبداعي‬-‫ذا بذل املزيد من الجهد‬ ‫ وعندما انتهينا‬،‫التصميم الجديد مختلف تماما عن القديم‬ ‫ عملت قوالب جديدة وصفحات‬،‫من التصميم الجديد‬ ‫ باشكال مختلفة لكل صفحة من صفحات‬،‫ماستر‬ ‫ كما قمنا بتعيني عدد جديد من املصممني‬.‫الصحيفة‬ ‫ حيث كنت‬،‫ كان جدولي الزمني مضغوطا جدا‬.‫واملنفذين‬ 3 ‫ ساعة في اليوم طوال فترة تراوحت ما بني‬20 ‫أعمل‬ ‫ كنت أعمل‬،‫ كان الوضع صعبا في البداية‬.‫ شهور‬4 ‫إلى‬ ‫ وكنت أتابع التصميم الجديد‬.‫وردتني في اليوم الواحد‬ ‫ خشية أن يكون هناك ما يجب فعله بشكل أكثر‬،‫يوميا‬ 
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‫ كيف استقبل القراء التصميم الجديد؟‬،‫ذن‬ ‫ ألن‬،‫ تلقيت الكثير من الشكاوى‬،‫خالل األسابيع األولى‬ ‫ واظن‬.‫القراء لم يكونوا معتادين على هذا الشكل الجديد‬ ‫أن هذه ردة فعل طبيعية عندما تعطي الشخص شيئا‬ ‫ و‬.‫ أحب القراء الشكل الجديد‬،‫ لكن بمرور الوقت‬.‫جديدا‬ ‫ إنهالت‬،‫ لذا‬.‫وجدوا أن قراءة النهار أصبحت أكثر سهولة‬

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We are gaining new readership since we


.‫ي مؤخرا الكثير من التعليقات االيجابية واالستحسان‬

still keep all the best content of the previous An-Nahar, plus we’ve added a third section. For each day, this section serves various topics and subjects such as sport, lifestyle, art, culture -- targeting new generations of readers. And we’ve also redesigned our An-Nahar website and soon will be launching our tablet and smart phone editions. We are also very active on social networking -- in Facebook and Twitter. AnNahar now is available for all types of readers. 6. Would you consider the transformation of your newspaper to its current design a radical one? I call it an “update” of the design. It’s an upgrade of An-Nahar’s previous image, without losing its identity as a newspaper with a long history. It’s very important to keep in mind the identity of a brand when you

5‫ وأنا واثق من‬،‫النهار واحدة من أقدم الصحف في لبنان‬ ‫أن الجزء األكبر من القراء من األجيال األكبر عمرا الذين‬ ‫ فما الذي تفعله النهار لتجذب‬.‫يتابعون الصحيفة منذ عقود‬ 
‫ليها جيل جديد من القراء؟‬ ‫ فنحن مانزال نحتفط‬،‫نحن نجتذب القراء الجدد بالفعل‬ ،‫بنفس املضمون األفضل من الشكل القديم للنهار‬ ‫ وفي كل يوم من‬.‫باالضافة إلى أننا أضفنا ملزمة ثالثة‬ ‫ تتناول امللزمة هذه العديد من املوضوعات‬،‫أيام األسبوع‬ ‫ الثقافة أو‬،‫ كموضوعات الرياضة أو الفنون‬،‫املختلفة‬ ‫ كما قمنا أيضا‬.‫ مستهدفة جيل جديد من القراء‬،‫الحياة‬ ‫ وفي وقت قريب‬،‫باعادة تصميم موقعنا االليكتروني‬ ‫سندشن نسختني واحدة من خالل تطبيقات الهواتف‬ ‫النقالة الذكية واألخرى من خالل تطبيقات األجهزة‬ ‫ كما أننا نشطون جدا فيما يتعلق بامليديا‬.‫اللوحية‬ ‫ والنهار اآلن متاحة لكل‬.‫ الفيس بوك والتويتر‬-‫االجتماعية‬ 
.‫ بمختلف أنماطهم‬،‫لقراء‬

change or transform the look. 7. By the way, what are your challenges and frustrations as an Arabic art director? It’s not easy to stay up-to-date and to be creative at the same time without losing

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‫ل ترى أن التحول الذي مرت به النهار تحوال جذريا؟‬ ‫ فهو تطوير للشكل السابق‬.‫أنا اسميه "تحديث" التصميم‬ ‫ من دون أن تفقد هويتها‬،‫الذي كانت عليه الصحيفة‬ ‫ ومن املهم جدا أن نضع في‬.‫كصحيفة لها تاريخ طويل‬

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‫بارننا دوما هوية الصحيفة عندما نقوم بتغيير شكلها‪
.‬‬

‫‪your traditional readers. That’s probably‬‬ ‫‪the biggest challenge for me.‬‬

‫‪7‬‬‫باملناسبة‪ ،‬ما هي التحديات واألمور املحبطة التي تقابلها‬ ‫وصفك املدير الفني لصحيفة باللغة العربية؟
‬ ‫ليس من السهل أن تواصل التحديث والتطوير وأن تكون‬ ‫مبدعا وفي نفس الوقت ال تخسر القراء التقليديني‪ .‬هذا‬ ‫ي األغلب هو التحدي األكبر بالنسبة لي‪
.‬‬ ‫‪8‬‬‫هل تتفق مع الرأي الذي يقول إن الصحف الصادرة‬

‫‪8. Do you agree that English-language‬‬ ‫‪newspapers in the Middle East are far‬‬ ‫‪better than the Arabic-language newspa‬‬‫?‪per -- content-wise or design-wise‬‬ ‫‪Content-wise, Arabic-language newspa‬‬‫‪pers contain more news and stories con‬‬‫‪cerning the Middle East and the Arab re‬‬‫‪gion compared to English-language Arab‬‬ ‫‪newspapers. While design-wise, in my‬‬

‫باالنجليزية في الشرق األوسط أفضل بكثير من تلك‬

‫‪opinion, Latin font is always more beautiful‬‬

‫الصادرة بالعربية‪ ،‬اعطنا رأيك في االختالفات بني االثنني‬

‫‪than the Arabic font, and that’s a plus fac-‬‬

‫ن حيث املحتوى والتصميم؟
‬ ‫لو نظرنا إلى املحتوى‪ ،‬لوجدنا أن الصحف الصادرة‬ ‫بالعربية تحتوى على أخبار وموضوعات صحفية متعلقة‬ ‫بالشرق األوسط واملنطقة العربية أكثر مما تحتوي عليه‬ ‫الصحف العربية الصادرة باللغة االنجليزية‪ .‬لكن لو تناولنا‬ ‫املقارنة من حيث التصميم‪ ،‬أرى أن "الفونت" الالتيني‬ ‫أكثر جماال من العربي‪ ،‬وهذا عامل إضافي يسهم في‬

‫‪tor in the overall look of an English‬‬‫‪language newspaper. In my general obser‬‬‫‪vation though, English and Arabic newspa‬‬‫‪pers are equal, as not all English newspa‬‬‫‪pers are better than Arabic. And I've re‬‬‫‪cently noticed there are many beautiful Ara‬‬‫‪bic newspapers nowadays than before.‬‬

‫‪ ‬لكن على أي حال‪ ،‬الصحف الصادرة بالعربية و الصادرة‬

‫‪9. If there's one thing that you'd want to‬‬ ‫‪improve in the current design of your pa‬‬‫?‪per, what is it and why‬‬

‫باالنجليزية سواء بسواء‪ ،‬فليس كل الصحف الصادرة‬

‫‪For now, I find An-Nahar design almost per-‬‬

‫أفضلية الصحف الصادرة باالنجليزية من حيث الشكل‪.‬‬

‫باالنجليزية أفضل من تلك الصادرة بالعربية‪ .‬وفي الفترة‬ ‫األخيرة‪ ،‬الحظت وجود الكثير من الصحف العربية الجميلة‬ ‫ي األسواق‪
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10. What's best advice you can give to an art director whose paper is contemplating a redesign? My advice is to change without losing the identity of the newspaper. Also, the editors should cooperate. A redesign will never survive if the editors are not helping and supporting. It’s a team effort, and art director needs all these things to get the job done. Photographers, illustrators, subeditors -- everyone should understand the concept of the new design to achieve perfect result.

9‫إذا كان هناك شيء واحد تريد تحسينه في التصميم‬ 
‫ ما هو و ملاذا؟‬،‫لحالي للنهار‬ 
‫ أرى أن تصميم النهار ممتاز‬،‫تى اآلن‬ 10‫ما هي أفضل نصيحة من املمكن أن توجهها إلى أي مدير‬ 
‫ني صحيفته التي يعمل لها بحاجة إلى إعادة تصميم؟‬ ‫نصيحتي هي إعادة التصميم من دون فقدان الهوية‬ ‫ البد من تعاون املحررين في‬،‫ أيضا‬.‫األصلية للصحيفة‬ ‫ فلن يعيش التصميم الجديد أبدا إذا لم يمد املحررون‬.‫هذا‬ ‫ واملدير الفني‬،‫ إنه جهد الفريق وعمله‬.‫يد املساعدة والدعم‬ ‫ املصورون واملحررون ورسماو‬-‫بحاجة إلى جهود الجميع‬ ‫ وعلى الجميع أن يفهموا تماما تصور‬-‫الرسوم التوضيحية‬ .‫التصميم الجديد ليكون له أفضل تأثير‬

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Mohamed Kamal Elnajmi Art Director of Al Bayan, Mohammed Elnajmi explains the recent changes in design 
 and the outlook for newspaper design among Arabic language publications in the region.

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1. You have made some distinctive changes in Al Bayan. How difficult was it?

‫ فإلى‬،‫لقد قمت بعمل بعض التغييرات املميزة في البيان‬

All changes are a challenge and the big-

‫ والتحدي األكبر‬،ً ‫في اعتقادي كافة التغييرات تعد تحديا‬

gest challenge is to change reader perceptions about your publication in all aspects, including a new layout design. One of my difficulties was making the new layout


‫ي مدى كان ذلك صعبا؟‬ ‫ بما‬،‫هو تغيير فكرة القارئ عن املطبوعة من كافة الجوانب‬ ‫ ومن بني الصعوبات‬،‫في ذلك التصميم الجديد للصحيفة‬ .‫التي واجهتني كان جعل التصميم محبوبا بني القراء‬

popular with readers.  I think that after six

‫وأعتقد أنه بعد تجربة ست سنوات من التصميم املنظم‬

years of clean and organized design, we

‫ خلقنا ألنفسنا مكانا مميزا في سوق الصحف‬،‫والجميل‬

have created a niche for ourselves in the Arabic language newspaper market.


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In Al Bayan we always work as a team, starting from the editor in-chief Mr Dhaen

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Shahin to editors, designers and photographers. Year to year we improve the publication quality by looking at the trends and choosing the best way to present our publication to the readers. Of course, in the beginning the design team faced a big question mark with regard to white spaces, less text and the predominance of photos; very unusual in Arabic publications. My target now is to lead the Arabic newspaper market through a clear and consistent layout design and pagination.  2. What are the main changes in the redesign? The perfect redesign is the result of a successful meeting of minds between editorial and design. In my opinion, there are two types of redesign:

‫ بدءا من رئيس‬،‫ نحن نعمل كلنا كفريق واحد‬،‫وفي البيان‬ ‫التحرير ظاعن شاهني مرورا باملحررين واملصممني‬ ‫ قمنا بتحسني جودة العمل من‬،‫ وعام بعد عام‬.‫واملصورين‬ ‫خالل االطالع على ما هو جديد واختيار أفضل طريقة‬ 
.‫عرض الصحيفة على القراء‬ ‫ واجه فريق التصميم في البداية عالمة استفهام‬،‫وبالطبع‬ ‫كبيرة متعلقة باملساحات البيضاء )الخالية( والنص األقل‬ ‫ وكلها أمور غير‬،‫ وغلبة الصورة على الكلمات‬،‫مساحة‬

First, when you need to dump your old lay-

‫ وهدفنا هو تصدر سوق‬.‫معتادة في الصحافة العربية‬

out and do something completely new as

‫الصحف العربية من خالل اخراج صحفي متناسق و‬

we did in Al Bayan in 2007-08. We changed everything from the logo, fonts, pagination to the separator lines. That is

‫واضح و من خالل تبويب مميز ودقيق للصفحات واملواد‬ .‫تنساب املواد معه بال عوائق أو لبث‬

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what you need when you feel that the design is becoming obsolete. Second, when you have a good and successful design, you need only to rearrange it. This is what I do every year in Al Bayan. I plan to make significant design changes in Al Bayan this year.  3. Al Bayan was redesigned in 2007-08 by the Innovation team. How much of that design did you keep? I believe that dialogue between different cultures always brings great results. It was a challenge both for Innovation and Al Bayan. It was a successful experiment because Innovation didn't work alone. The

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‫ا هي التغييرات الرئيسية في التصميم الجديد؟‬ ‫تعد عملية إعادة التصميم الكاملة والناجحة نتيجة لتالقي‬ ‫ هناك نمطني‬،‫أفكار الجانبني)التصميم والتحرير( وفي رأي‬ 
:‫ن إعادة التصميم‬ ‫ عندما تريد أن تتخلص من التصميم القديم‬:‫النمط األول‬ ‫ كما فعلنا نحن في‬،‫تماما وتفعل شيئا جديدا بالكامل‬ ،‫ حيث غيرنا كل شيئ بداية من اللوجو‬.2008 ‫البيان عام‬ ‫ إلى الخطوط‬،‫إلى الخط )الفونت( وتبويب الصفحات‬ ‫ وهذا هو ماتحتاجه عندما تشعر‬.‫الفاصلة بني املوضوعات‬ ‫أن التصميم يصبح فاشال أو غير متماشي وإيقاع‬ 
  .‫ فتحتاج إلى شيئ مختلف باملرة‬،‫لحياة‬ ‫ وقتها‬،‫ عندما يكون لديك تصميم جيد وناجح‬:‫النمط الثاني‬ ،‫تحتاج فقط أن تعيد ترتيب بعض جوانب التصميم فقط‬

point is that Innovation is a huge name

‫ كما نخطط لعمل‬،‫وهذا ما أفعله كل عام في البيان‬

with lots of experience, but we were just


.‫غييرات مهمة في التصميم في البيان هذا العام‬

putting together a new team. So their experience was useful. We did many workshops based on their ideas and ours as well until we decided on what the new Al Bayan design should be. From 2008 till now we have rearranged the layout many times. I have kept the main layout and color plate, but I change the fonts, opening pages as well separator

3‫ على يد‬2007/2008 ‫أ ُعيد تصميم البيان في الفترة‬ ‫ فبأي قدر ماتزال‬،"‫ فريق "إنوفيشن‬،‫فريق من املبدعني‬ 
‫حتفظ بجزء من هذا التصميم؟‬ ‫أعتقد أن الحوار بني الثقافات املختلفة هام جدا ويحدث‬ ‫ وكان تحديا لكل من فريق العمل‬.‫دوما نتائج طيبة‬ ‫ كانت تجرية ناجحة ألن الفريق لم يعمل‬.‫وصحيفة البيان‬ ‫ وبيت القصيد‬،‫بمفرده بل كنا نعمل معا ونتبادل الخبرات‬ The Best Of Middle East News Design! 39


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lines. But I have kept the spirit of the 2008

‫ ولدينا أيضا‬،‫أن فريق "إنوفيشن" فريق لديه خبرات كبيرة‬

design. You can say that I changed every-

‫ لذا كانت خبرات‬،‫من الخبرجة ما يكفينا لعمل منتج رائع‬

thing without changing anything!

‫ قمنا بعمل العديد من ورش‬.‫أعضاء الفريق مفيدة للغاية‬

 4. How do you feel about the state of newspaper design in this region?

‫ حتى وصلنا إلى قرار ملا يجب‬،‫العمل والعصف الفكري‬

I will talk only about Arabic language publi-

‫ وحتى اآلن ونحن نعيد ترتيب االخراج‬2008 ‫ومنذ العام‬

cations, which have started to realize the importance of design. I have seen a few samples of nice ideas, but they were incomplete. There is no consistence in design; you can find great pages and dull ones in the same publication. Arabic newspaper designers need to interact with designers from other nationalities and exchange experiences. This will open new possibilities for design solutions. 5. How does your design department interact with the newsroom? As I said in the beginning, it is all about team work. It is very easy to suggest and sell a good idea to the editor if it is good and worth it. Editors understand the importance of good design, and ask me for special designs if a report merits it. I remem-


.‫ن يكون عليه التصميم الجديد للبيان‬ ‫ واحتفظت بالتصميم الرئيسي لالخراج‬.‫أكثر من مرة‬ ‫ لكني غيرت الفونت والصفحات‬،‫وااللوان والشعار‬ ‫ واحتفظت‬.‫االفتتاحية والخطوط الفاصلة بني املوضوعات‬ ‫ ويمكنك أن تقول أني غيرت‬.2008 ‫بروح تصميم العام‬ 
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‫ا انطباعك عن حالة تصميم الصحف في املنطقة؟‬ ،‫سأتحدث فقط عن املطبوعات الصادرة باللغة العربية‬ ‫ لقد رأيت عددا قليال من‬.‫والتي بدأت تدرك أهمية التصميم‬ ‫ لم يكن‬.‫ لكنها كانت غير مكتملة‬،‫النماذج ألفكار جميلة‬ ‫هناك تناسقا في التصميم؛ يمكن أن تجد صفحات كاملة‬ 
.‫ائعة وأخرى رديئة في نفس املطبوعة‬ ‫إن مصممي الصحف العربية بحاجة إلى التفاعل مع‬ ‫ وهذا‬.‫املصممني من الجنسيات األخرى لتبادل الخبرات‬ ‫بدوره سيفتح اآلفاق لفرص جديدة للوصول إلى حلول‬ .‫تصميم جيدة‬

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during the general morning meeting. We

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were discussing how to present the year-


‫يف يتفاعل قسم التصميم مع صالة التحرير؟‬

end business supplement. I suggested we

‫ املسألة كلها متعلقة بالعمل‬،‫كما قلت في البداية‬

make it a big chessboard with the negative stories in the black squares and the positive ones in the white ones. The editor inchief liked the idea and we went ahead. The design stood out among other publications. I still remember the headline: 2008.. sweet and bitter days.

‫ من السهل جدا أن تقترح فكرة وتعرضا على‬.‫الجماعي‬ ‫املحرر وإذا كانت بالفعل فكرة جيدة فانه يعمل على‬ ،‫ واملحررون لدينا يقدرون أهمية التصميم الجيد‬.‫تطبيقها‬ ‫ويطلبون بعض التصاميم الخاصة إذا كان املوضوع‬ ‫ وأذكر مثاال على ذلك في نهاية‬.‫الصحفي يحتاج إلى ذلك‬ ‫ كنا نتناقش في األزمة املالية العاملية خالل‬،2008 ‫العام‬

There is communication between design-

‫ وكنا نناقش مقترحات ملحق‬.‫االجتماع الصباحي العام‬

ers and editors. We can ask them to make

‫ وقتها اقترحت أن نصمم لوحة‬.‫نهاية العام االقتصادي‬

headlines shorter or longer or cut text for

‫ ونضع القصص السلبية في املربعات‬،‫شطرنج كبيرة‬

the benefit of the page. In Al Bayan we use the Newspress system

.‫السوداء واملوضوعات اإليجابية في املربعات البيضاء‬ ‫ وبدأنا في التنفيذ على‬،‫وأحب رئيس التحرير الفكرة‬

that facilitates team work. The editor, de-

‫ وكان التصميم مميزا جدا بني كل املطبوعات‬.‫الفور‬

signer and photographer can work on the

...2008 " ‫ وما زلت أتذكر العنوان حتى اآلن؛‬.‫األخرى‬

same page at the same time. I can see all

‫ وعموما هناك نوع من التواصل الدائم‬،"‫ يوم مر‬..‫يوم حلو‬

of their work coming together and can interact with all of them. 6. What is the importance of informational graphics at Al Bayan? I can say proudly that in the year 2000, we were the first Arabic publication in the region to create an infographics team. We


.‫ني التصميم والتحرير وينتج عنه دائما نتائج ممتازة‬ ‫ وهو‬،"‫ نستخدم نظام "نيوزبريس‬،‫وفي صحيفة البيان‬ ‫ حيث يمكن‬.‫يسهل األمور كثيرا ً ويدعم العمل الجماعي‬ ‫للمحرر واملصمم واملصور أن يعملوا جميعا ً على نفس‬ ‫ ويمكنني أن أرى كل عملهم‬.‫الصفحة في نفس الوقت‬  .ً ‫ ويمكنني أن أتفاعل معهم جميعا‬،ً ‫أمامي معا‬

soon became the leader in infographics

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among Arabic publications. Now, infographics are our first priority and are part of the story when required.

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‫ا أهمية الجرافيكس املعلوماتية لدى البيان؟‬ ‫ كنا أول‬،2004 ‫يمكنني أن أقول وبكل فخر إنه في العام‬

We have two teams for infographics in Al

.‫صحيفة عربية في املنطقة تؤسس فريق إنفوجرافيكس‬

Bayan; the first does the daily and week-

‫وسريعا أصبحنا رواد االنفوجرافكيس من بني املطبوعات‬

end editions. The second does special projects. We have won many awards for infographics. The unforgettable 2008 Olympic Games supplement is a landmark in the region’s infographic story.  7. How are readers reacting to the redesign? We have not conducted any official market research regarding reader feedback, but have received positive feedback from the media community, which says it is easy navigate a clean design. They now categorize the newspaper as elegant.

‫ بل ويكون‬،‫ واآلن االنفوجرافيكس هو األولوية لدينا‬،‫العربية‬ 
.‫زء من القصة الخبرية إذا استلزم األمر‬ ‫ولدينا فريقني لإلنفوجرافيكس؛ الفريق األول يتولى‬ ‫ والفريق الثاني‬،‫االصدار اليومي واألسبوعي للصحيفة‬ ‫ ولقد فزنا بالعديد من الجوائز‬.‫يتولى املشاريع الخاصة‬ ‫ ويعد املحلق الذي خصصناه‬.‫في مجال االنفوجرافيكس‬ ‫ عالمة مميزة في مجال‬2008 ‫لدورة األلعاب األوملبية‬ 
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‫يف يتفاعل القراء مع إعادة التصميم؟‬ ‫لم نقم ببحوث سوق رسمية حتى اآلن بخصوص مراجعة‬ ‫ لكننا تلقينا أراء إيجابية من القراء ومن‬،‫وانطباعات القراء‬

 8. What is the challenge for newspaper design in the region?

‫ والقراء يصنفون صحيفتنا اآلن‬.‫مجتمع امليديا بشكل عام‬ .‫كصحيفة مميزة وراقية‬

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‫‪8‬‬‫ا هو التحدي أمام إعادة التصميم لصحيفة في املنطقة؟
‬ ‫تحتاج الصحف إلى فريق عمل قوي لكي تخرج من‬ ‫سطوة الروتني ونصبح صحيفة جيدة التصميم‪) .‬هذا‬ ‫بالنسبة ألي صحيفة(‪ .‬وهناك بعض أقسام التصميم‬ ‫اعتمدت على خبرات شركات تصميم عاملية‪ ،‬لكنها إنتهى‬ ‫بها الحال إلى أن كانت صورة طبق األصل من صحف‬ ‫غربية‪ -‬ليس أكثر‪ .‬فكانت نتيجة ذلك هي ان فقدت‬ ‫الصحيفة هويتها )ال هي عربية وال غربية(! وخسرت الكثير‬ ‫من القراء بسبب ذلك‪.‬‬

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‫‪newspaper without an identity - neither Ara‬‬‫‪bic nor western! They lost most readership‬‬ ‫‪because of this.‬‬


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The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

April Robinson, 
 Designer / Laura Koot, Art Director

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Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, Design Director / Sahir KM, 
 Design Editor

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Gulf News Dubai, UAE

S.M. Arshad, Design Editor / Hugo A. 
 Sanchez, Infographist Artist

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Xpress Dubai, UAE

Ador T. Bustamante,Designer / Bobby Naqvi,Editor

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Hi Weekly Muscat, Oman

Ralph Bagares, Lead Designer

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Journal of International Exhibition of Press and News Agencies, Panjere, Osve , Noavari Iran/ tehran

Hamid reza khatooni, Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 51


Excellence

Best Front/Cover Page

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 52


Excellence

Best Front/Cover Page

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 53


Bronze Best Front/Cover Page


Bronze

Best Front/Cover Page

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

April Robinson 
 Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 55


Silver Best Front/Cover Page


Silver

Best Front/Cover Page

Gulf News Dubai, UAE

S.M. Arshad, Design Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 57


Gold Best Front/Cover Page


Gold

Best Front/Cover Page

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sara Baumberger,  
 Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 59


4 News


Excellence News


Excellence News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lee McGorie Assistant art director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 62


Excellence News

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, 
 Art Director /Patrick Michael,Executive 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 63


Excellence News

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, 
 Art Director /Patrick Michael,Executive 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 64


Excellence News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lee McGorie Assistant art director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 65


Excellence News

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, 
 Art Director /Patrick Michael,Executive 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 66


Excellence News

Xpress Dubai, UAE

Ador T. Bustamante, Designer / Bobby Naqvi, Editor / Mazhar Farooqui, Deputy 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 67


Excellence News

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, 
 Art Director /Patrick Michael,Executive 
 Editor 

The Best Of Middle East News Design 68


Excellence News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lee McGorie Assistant art director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 69


Excellence News

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, 
 Art Director /Patrick Michael,Executive 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 70


Excellence News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lee McGorie Assistant art director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 71


Excellence News

Gulf News Dubai, UAE

S. M. Arshad, Design Editor / Dwynn Ronald Trazo, Senior Infographist

The Best Of Middle East News Design 72


Excellence News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Jun dela Cruz, Infographics artist

The Best Of Middle East News Design 73


Excellence News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Marin Devine Deputy Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 74


Excellence News

Today’s Zaman DailyKadir Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, 
 Page Designer Okan Udo Bassey. Managing Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 75


Excellence News

Alyaum Damman, Saudi Arabia

Hesham M. Galal Hassan, Senior Graphic 
 Designer Abdelrahman Al Aboshy, Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 76


Excellence News

Alyaum Damman, Saudi Arabia

Hesham M. Galal Hassan, Senior Graphic Designer Abdelrahman Al Aboshy, Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 77


Excellence News

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 78


Excellence News

Cairo, Egypt

Al  Watan Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Ammar, Graphic Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 79


Excellence News

Al  Watan Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Ammar, Graphic Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 80


Excellence News

Al  Watan Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Ammar, Graphic Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 81


Excellence News

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 82


Excellence News

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 83


Bronze News


Bronze News

Alyaum Damman, Saudi Arabia

Hesham M. Galal Hassan, Senior Graphic 
 Designer Abdelrahman Al Aboshy, Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 85


Silver News


Silver News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Marin Devine Deputy Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 87


Silver News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

April Robinson 
 Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 88


Silver News

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lee McGorie, Assistant art director / Jun dela Cruz, Infographics artist

The Best Of Middle East News Design 89


Silver News

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 90


Silver News

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 91


5 Sport


Excellence Sport


Excellence Sport

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ulrike Oehm Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 94


Excellence Sport

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, Design Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 95


Excellence Sport

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ulrike Oehm Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 96


Excellence Sport

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado Design Director/Antonio Farach Graphic Editor Lucille Umali Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 97


Excellence Sport

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado Design Director Antonio Farach Graphic Editor Lucille Umali Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 98


Excellence Sport

Al  Watan Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Ammar, Graphic Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 99


Excellence Sport

Al  Watan   Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Ammar, Graphic Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 100


Bronze Sport


Bronze

Sport

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, Art Director / Oscar Ya単ez, Art Director/ Patrick Michael,Executive Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 102


Bronze

Sport

Gulf News Dubai, UAE

Ramachandra Babu, Senior Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 103


Bronze

Sport

Alyaum Damman, Saudi Arabia

Hesham M.Galal Hassan, Senior Graphic 
 Designer Ahmed Salam. Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 104


Silver Sport


Silver Sport

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ulrike Oehm Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 106


Silver Sport

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, Design Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 107


Silver Sport

Gulf News Dubai, UAE

Gulf News staff

The Best Of Middle East News Design 108


6 Feature


Excellence Feature


Excellence Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, Art Director/Sahir KM, 
 Design Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 111


Excellence Feature

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sara Baumberger,  
 Designer/ Mathew Kurian Designer, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 112


Excellence Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Gregory Fernandez, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 113


Excellence Feature

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sara Baumberger,  
 Designer/ Mathew Kurian Designer, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 114


Excellence Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Waleed Rabin, Associate Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 115


Excellence Feature

Today's Zaman Daily Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer, Illustrator/ Pınar Hilal Vurucu, 
 Features Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 116


Excellence Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, Art Director/Sahir KM, 
 Design Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 117


Excellence Feature

Today's Zaman Daily Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer/ Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 118


Excellence Feature

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sara Baumberger, Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 119


Excellence Feature

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sara Baumberger,Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 120


Excellence Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Waleed Rabin, Associate Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 121


Excellence Feature

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Marin Devine, Deputy Art Director / Lisa Haney, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 122


Excellence Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Gregory Fernandez, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 123


Excellence Feature

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Michael Hogue, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 124


Excellence Feature

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sara Baumberger,  
 Designer / Mathew Kurian Designer, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 125


Excellence Feature

Today's Zaman Daily Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer/ Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 126


Excellence Feature

Today's Zaman Daily Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer/ Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 127


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, 
 Senior Designer Ali Aljawish, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 128


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, 
 Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 129


Excellence Feature

Alyaum Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Hesham M. Galal, Senior Graphic Designer / Abdelrahman Al Aboshy, Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 130


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 131


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 132


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, 
 Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 133


Excellence Feature

AL SHABIBA Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 134


Excellence Feature

Al  Watan Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Ammar, Graphic Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 135


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, 
 Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 136


Excellence Feature

Star-Daily Newspaper Turkey - Istanbul

Mana Guzey, Creative Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 137


Excellence Feature

Al  Watan Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Ammar, Graphic Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 138


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 139


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 140


Excellence Feature

Star-Daily Newspaper Turkey - Istanbul

Mana Guzey, Creative Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 141


Excellence Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 142


Bronze Feature


Bronze Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, 
 Art Director/Sahir KM, Design Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 144


Bronze Feature

Today's Zaman Daily Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer/ Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features 
 Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 145


Bronze Feature

Alyaum Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Hesham M. Galal, Senior Graphic Designer / Abdelrahman Al Aboshy, Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 146


Bronze Feature

Star-Daily Newspaper Turkey - Istanbul

Mana Guzey, Creative Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 147


Bronze Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 148


Silver Feature


Silver

Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Mohammed Qardan, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 150


Silver

Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, 
 Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 151


Gold Feature


Gold

Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Gregory Fernandez, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 153


Gold

Feature

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Gregory Fernandez, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 154


Gold

Feature

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, Senior Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 155


7 Illustration


Excellence Illustration


Excellence Illustration

Today's Zaman Daily Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page Designer, Illustrator/ Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 158


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Kagan McLeod, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 159


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Melinda Beck, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 160


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mathew Kurian 
 Designer, Illustrator / Marin Devine Deputy, Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 161


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mathew Kurian 
 Designer, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 162


Excellence Illustration

The Nationa Abu Dhabi, UAE

Daniel Egneus, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 163


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sara Baumberger, 
 Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 164


Excellence Illustration

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, Design director / Winie Ariany, Page designer, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 165


Excellence Illustration

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 166


Excellence Illustration

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

A. U. Santosh Kumar, Senior Designer / Roberto Conseco, Art Director / Syed Muzaffar Rizvi, Business News Editor / Patrick Michael, Executive Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 167


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lisa Haney Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 168


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lorenzo Petranoni, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 169


Excellence Illustration

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 170


Excellence Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Peggy Wolf, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 171


Excellence Illustration

Today’s Zaman DailyKadir Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer and Illustrator / Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 172


Excellence Illustration

Today’s Zaman DailyKadir Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer / Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features 
 Editor / Cem Kızıltuğ, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 173


Excellence Illustration

Al Shabiba Muscat, UAE

Adonis Durado,  
 Design Director / Antonio Farach, Graphic Editor / Lucille Umali, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 174


Excellence Illustration

Al Shabiba Muscat, UAE

Adonis Durado,  
 Design Director /  
 Lucille Umali, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 175


Excellence Illustration

Al Shabiba Muscat, UAE

Adonis Durado,  
 Design Director / Antonio Farach, Graphic Editor / Lucille Umali, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 176


Bronze Illustration


Bronze

Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mathew Kurian 
 Designer, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 178


Bronze

Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mathew Kurian 
 Designer / Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 179


Bronze

Illustration

Today’s Zaman DailyKadir Istanbul, Turkey

Kadir Özmen, Page 
 Designer / Pınar Hilal Vurucu, Features 
 Editor / Cem Kızıltuğ, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 180


Bronze

Illustration

Al Shabiba Muscat, UAE

Osama Aljawish, 
 Designer / Lucille R. Umali, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 181


Bronze

Illustration

Al Shabiba Muscat, Oman

Osama Aljawish, 
 Senior Designer Ali Aljawish, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 182


Silver Illustration


Silver

Illustration

Gulf News Dubai, UAE

Ramachandra Babu, Senior Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 184


Silver

Illustration

Times of Oman Muscat, Oman

Adonis Durado, 
 Design Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 185


Silver

Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Michael Hogue, 
 Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 186


Gold Illustration


Gold

Illustration

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lisa Haney, Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 188


8 Infographic


Excellence Infographic


Excellence Infographic

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 191


Excellence Infographic

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Jun dela Cruz Infographics artist

The Best Of Middle East News Design 192


Excellence Infographic

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 193


Excellence Infographic

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 194


Excellence Infographic

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 195


Excellence Infographic

Journal of International Exhibition of Press and News Agencies,Panjere, Osve , Noavari Tehran, Iran

Hamid reza khatooni,  Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 196


Excellence Infographic

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 197


Excellence Infographic

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 198


Excellence Infographic

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 199


Excellence Infographic

Journal of International Exhibition of Press and News Agencies,Panjere, Osve , Noavari Tehran, Iran

Hamid reza khatooni,  Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 200


Excellence Infographic

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 201


Bronze Infographic


Bronze

Infographic

Gulf News Dubai, UAE

Gulf News staff

The Best Of Middle East News Design 203


Bronze

Infographic

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Lee McGorie Assistant art director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 204


Silver Infographic


Silver

Infographic

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 206


Silver

Infographic

Gulf News Dubai, UAE

Dwynn Ronald V. Trazo, Senior Infographist / Yusra Farzan, Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 207


Silver

Infographic

Emarat Al Youm Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Maher Al Johari, Senior Infographic Editor / Sami Al Ryami, Editorin-chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 208


SND20 SR Infographic


SND20 SR

Infographic

Gallery 8.1 Portfolio

SND20 Special Recognition - Times Of Oman and Al Shabiba SND20 Special Recognitions this year goes to Times of Oman and Al Shabiba team for Infographics. The body of work of Infographics produced by their team are consistent, informative and incredible art direction. Also a large production with high level of quality.

Adonis Durado Design Director, Antonio Farach Graphic Editor, Sreemanikandan Satheendra Nathan,  Infographic designer, Lucille Umali Infographic designer/illustrator, Winie Ariany Infographic designer/ illustrator, Isidore Vic Carloman Infographic designer/illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 210


9 Magazine


Excellence Magazine


Excellence Magazine

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Kerry Abrams, Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 213


Excellence Magazine

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 214


Excellence Magazine

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Kerry Abrams, 
 Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 215


Excellence Magazine

Hi Weekly Muscat, Oman

Ralph Bagares, Lead Designer /  Quasiem Gamiet, Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 216


Excellence Magazine

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 217


Excellence Magazine

Friday Dubai, UAE

Stefan Lindeque, Photographer / Mrinal Shekar, Assistant Editor / Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor /  Sara Raffaghello,Creative Director /Miguel Gomez, Design Director / Adrian Pickstock,Publishing director magazines / Abdul Hamid Ahmad,Editor-in-Chief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 218


Excellence Magazine

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, Art Director / Oscar Ya単ez, Designer / Patrick Michael,Executive Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 219


Excellence Magazine

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Kerry Abrams, Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 220


Excellence Magazine

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Kerry Abrams, Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 221


Excellence Magazine

Friday Dubai, UAE

Teena Punjwani, Designer /  Sara Raffaghello,Creative Director / Malavika Kamaraju, Editor / Kishore kumar, Photographer / Adrian Pickstock,Publishing director magazines / Abdul Hamid Ahmad,Editor-inChief

The Best Of Middle East News Design 222


Excellence Magazine

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, Art Director / Oscar Ya単ez, Designer / Patrick Michael,Executive Editor

The Best Of Middle East News Design 223


Bronze Magazine


Bronze

Magazine

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, Art Director / Oscar Yañez, Designer / Patrick Michael,Executive Editor 

The Best Of Middle East News Design 225


Bronze

Magazine

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 226


Bronze

Magazine

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director /  Layal Hasrouni, Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 227


Bronze

Magazine

The Outpost Lebanon, Beirut

Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief / Raafat Majzoub, Creative Director /Santos Henarejos, Art Director / Gema Navarro, Art Director /Romualdo Faura, Illustrator, Information Designer / Layal Hasrouni,Director of Audio Content

The Best Of Middle East News Design 228


Silver Magazine


Silver

Magazine

Khaleej Times Dubai, UAE

Roberto Conseco, Art Director / Oscar Yañez, Designer / Patrick Michael,Executive Editor 

The Best Of Middle East News Design 230


Silver

Magazine

Friday Dubai, UAE

Sue-MaĂŠ Easton, Senior Designer / Sara Raffaghello,Creative Director /Karen Pasquali Jones,Editor / Adrian Pickstock,Publishing director magazines / Abdul Hamid Ahmad,Editor-in-Chief / Russ Kientsch, Head of photography / Eliezer Semine, Prepress

The Best Of Middle East News Design 231


Silver

Magazine

The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Kerry Abrams, Designer

The Best Of Middle East News Design 232


Silver

Magazine

M Magazine The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Melinda Beck Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 233


Silver

Magazine

M Magazine The National Abu Dhabi, UAE

Daniel Egneus Illustrator

The Best Of Middle East News Design 234


10 Photography


Excellence Photography


Excellence Photography

Khaleej Times DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

S.Kiran Prasad, Chief Photographer / Patrick Michael, Executive Editor / Suresh Pattali, Night Editor / Zahid Mukhtar, News Editor / Roberto Conseco, Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 237


Excellence Photography

Khaleej Times DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

S.Kiran Prasad, Chief Photographer / Patrick Michael, Executive Editor / Suresh Pattali, Night Editor / Zahid Mukhtar, News Editor / Roberto Conseco, Art Director

The Best Of Middle East News Design 238


Excellence Photography

Friday Magazine Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Stefan Lindeque, Photographer / Mrinal Shekar, Assistant Editor Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor / Sara Raffaghello, Design Editor / Miguel Gomez, Design Director / Adrian Pickstock, Publishing Director / Abudl Hamid, Executive Director Publications

The Best Of Middle East News Design 239


Silver Photography


Silver

Photography

Gallery 10.1 Portfolio

Friday Magazine Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Stefan Lindeque, Photographer Mrinal Shekar, Assistant Editor Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor / Sara Raffaghello, Design Editor / Miguel Gomez, Design Director / Adrian Pickstock, Publishing Director / Abudl Hamid, Executive Director Publications

The Best Of Middle East News Design 241


Gold Photography


Gold

Photography

Gallery 10.2 Portfolio

Friday Magazine Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Russ Kientsch, Head of photography Mrinal Shekar, Assistant Editor Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor / Sara Raffaghello, Design Editor / Miguel Gomez, Design Director / Adrian Pickstock, Publishing Director / Abudl Hamid, Executive Director Publications / Gemma Jones, Stylist / Tara Nowy, Model

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THE BEST OF MIDDLE EAST NEWS DESIGN 2013  

Annual design book showcases the best of Middle East news design. This competition aims to promote creative excellence and innovation in new...

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