AWARD-European Newspaper of the Year
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AWARD-European Newspaper of the Year

In 2017 mocht het Parool een jaar lang de titel European Newspaper of the Year dragen. Als ontwerpers, vormgevers en beeldredacteuren van de krant waren wij natuurlijk enorm vereerd en verrast. Het Parool is een relatief kleine krant met een oplage van ongeveer 60.000 en gericht op Amsterdam, een stad met zo’n 800.000 inwoners.

Het juryrapport roemde de onorthodoxe aanpak met een bijna magazine-achtige lay out. Persoonlijk was ik natuurlijk ook verheugd dat twee van mijn ontwerpen in het rapport naar voren werden gehaald. Het betreft de voorpagina over vluchtelingen en de spread over Sail.


Last year we were rewarded with the honorable title of European Newspaper of the Year, an award handed out for the best designed Newspaper in Europe. Obviously we were flabbergasted since Het Parool is a relativly small paper with a focus mainly on the Dutch capital Amsterdam, a population of about 800.000 people. Nevertheless the jury was charmed about our clean style, our eye for detail and our personal approach towards our readers.

The jury report especially points out the creative use of images, infographics, illustrations and photography as one of the key elements of the design. By using a fat bold font as a hard black feature and reassuring enough white space for the elements to lay in, the design has a natural balance and a clear cut journalistic look and feel.

Some of my infographics were lifted out in the jury report as an example of the unorthodox approach of Het Parool’s design. The first one is a front page infographic feauturing the amount of refugees currently adrift in the world. The second one is a piece on the tall ships that visited Sail 2015: more details on that project here