What’s the most boring newspaper in the world? There are many, I’m sure, but I know a lot of people who would put the Frankfurter Allgemeine at the top of the list. Well, the Society for News Design has some news for you: it’s just announced that the Sunday version of the Frankfurter Allgemeine has won its award for the best-designed newspaper of the year.
From classically formed fonts to page-dominating visuals, the Frankfurter Allgemeine exudes beauty, overwhelming beauty. This is a masterfully designed, visually intelligent publication. Turning the pages of this paper — with its great expanses of white — is like walking through a gallery that’s filled with sophisticated photography, sensuous illustrations, and damn-near-perfect typography. There are surprises and special treats, too. Like graphic novel treatments and illustrations on the TV page. Clearly aimed for an educated audience, this paper is filled with nuance. It doesn’t shout — it illuminates.
My only question: Is the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung a completely different paper from the daily version, like the Times and the Sunday Times in England? Or is it just a Sunday version of the same paper?