September 28, 2003

TheSans-day Times

Sunday Times made themselves over with a bold new look and equally bold new articles.

And they chose the very Dutch TheSans for the masthead the section heads. Which although rather “overused” locally thanks to OCBC and Compaq, still manages to look rather fresh and continental because of the rather uncommon weight that they chose. In fact the weight made me wonder for days, whether it was indeed Lucas de Groot’s sweetie or if I had been staring at the specimen sheet too much.

I’m more than partial to TheSans and I like the sunny-side up with ketchup colours, and the new layout. Only problem is that they still held on to Interstate from the 1999 Roger Black redesign of the Straits Times. In fact they continue to use it for all the headlines and stand-firsts, effectively making the only thing that was revamped, the masthead! OK, and the section heads.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Interstate too. But they’re strange bedfellows, they don’t need each other, and seeing them together grates on me even more than Sumiko Tan’s weekly whine about her singlehood.

Surely a family of 48 fonts in all its interpolated glory and a party of proportional numerals, is more than enough to set the 112-page paper.

Heck, if they had any guts at all, they would drop the Garamond as well, and use TheSans singularly throughout. Serif sheriffs be damned.

Posted by Karen at September 28, 2003 07:07 PM in typography

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Posted by: elijah at October 6, 2003 05:40 PM

21 October 2003: New York Times revamp.

“In place of a miscellany of headline typefaces that have accumulated in its columns over the last century, the newspaper is settling on a single family, Cheltenham, in roman and italic versions and various light and bold weights.”

Posted by: Karen at October 25, 2003 05:00 PM

Nubian with nice OSF and a worth uc Q. But I don’t dig the lc g.

Posted by: Karen at March 12, 2004 11:53 AM

Yeah, Interstate is so last century. Garamond, eh? For newspaper body?! Which cut?

BTW, when you say “uncommon weight”, is it that it’s very light? That’s sort of a trend, like in the NYT redesign you mention too. Kind of refreshing, but confusing (for news) too.


Posted by: Hrant at March 13, 2004 01:26 AM

Danilo Black

Posted by: Karen at July 29, 2004 10:15 AM

News Designer

Posted by: Karen at July 29, 2004 10:15 AM

Houston Chronicle redesign

Posted by: Karen at July 29, 2004 10:43 AM