Wed, Feb 28, 2001 - Page 1 News List

'World's Best Designed' newspaper honor bestowed on 'Taipei Times'

STAFF WRITER

A sample of the editions of the Taipei Times that were submitted for judding to the Society of News Design

For the second year in a row the Taipei Times has been recognized by the Society of News Design.

Last year this newspaper was one of 36 finalists in the society's annual competition.

This year, in the society's awards for the year 2000 in its 22nd competition, the Times has done even better, winning the society's top honor as the "World's Best Designed."

Five other newspapers were also named "World's Best Designed," but only two of them are English-language publications and none of them are from Asia.

The other five award winners were The Hartford Courant of Hartford, Connecticut, US; the National Post of Ontario, Canada; Die Welt from Berlin, Germany; the Helsingborgs Dagblad from Helsingborg, Sweden and Le Devoir from Montreal, Canada.

A record field of 341 newspapers from North and South America, Europe and Asia vied for the title this year.

In addition, in other competition categories, the Taipei Times' sister newspaper the Liberty Times won two awards of excellence in the competition for its features pages.

The society's awards have become the benchmark for recognition of design excellence in the publishing industry worldwide. In its press release, the society notes, however, that design extends well beyond the use of typography, graphics and photography. Its panel of five judges evaluated writing, storytelling, use of resources, execution, headlines and "voice."

The top award winners will be honored at the society's annual workshop and exhibition, which will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, between Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 of this year.

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