Hallpressen, news flashes 2011-2012
Three Swedish newspapers go tabloid
2 May 2012, the three newspapers of the VGT group (VÃ¤stgÃ¶ta-Tidningar) launched a new format and design, created by Ribergaard & Munk.
The costumes of FalkÃ¶pings Tidning, Skaraborgs LÃ¤ns Tidning, and VÃ¤stgÃ¶ta-Bladet basically follow the same design concept that we introduced with the VGT freesheet SkÃ¶vde Nyheter which has reached a status as the most important news media in the city of SkÃ¶vde and its surroundings, on print as well as on the web, only one year since it was launched in 2011.
With the VGT relaunch, the first stage of Ribergaard & Munkâ€™s work with modernizing the Hallpressen publications has been completed. The introduction of the Greta and Flama typeface families has provided the news corporation with a typographical toolbox that contains rich possibilities of variation, at the same time as sharing editorial content has become a lot easier.
The visual appearance of the three VGT publications was not the only thing that changed on May 2. The newspapers also went from six to four weekly issues. The news â€holeâ€ will be filled by three new websites.
A comment from CEO Christina BjÃ¶rklund:â€We are now able to offer our readers and advertisers a holistic product and a media combination which will fully correspond to the needs on todayâ€™s media marketplace, and which is prepared to meet future demands imposed on local media, not least by a younger audience.â€
SkÃ¶vde Nyheter: Now, a website
In April 2011, the Swedish newspaper SkÃ¶vde Nyheter was reborn as a free weekly. As the response from readers and advertisers has been extremely positive, the VGT publishing corporation decided to take the next step and make the newspaper available every minute of the week â€“ as a website.
Skovdenyheter.se launched 10 November 2011.
Publisher Ronny Karlsson: â€Our aim is to become SkÃ¶vdeâ€™s number one website. The obvious choice if you wish to know what is going on in the cityâ€.
Maj Ribergaard, Ole Munk, and Allan Kaas designed the new website. With the purpose of reinforcing the SkÃ¶vde Nyheter brand, we have maximized the recognition between the print og web editions.
You can read about the launch of Skovdenyheter.se (in Swedish) at Medievarlden.se.
SmÃ¥lÃ¤nningen: 90 years and reborn
Tuesday 15 November 2011, a new era began at SmÃ¥lÃ¤nningen, published in Ljungby (pop 27,000) in southern Sweden.
Three weeks prior to its 90-years birthday, the local daily launched a new design, created by Ribergaard & Munk with an in-house workgroup led by executive editor Anita Johansson and night editor Anna-Karolina Persson. Anna took care of implementing the new design in NewsPilot, SmÃ¥lÃ¤nningenâ€™s editorial system.
Judging by the initial readersâ€™ responses, the change has been well received. Anita Johansson:
â€I was a bit worried that this redesign might imply a change too radical – but even though our new design is indeed very different from the old one, Ribergaard & Munk have succeeded in creating a look which is genuinely SmÃ¥lÃ¤nningen.â€
Ole Munk designed the new nameplate which is based on Peter Bilakâ€™s typeface Greta, one of two typefaces forming the design basis for all the Hallpressen newspapers which have been redesigned or created since Ribergaard & Munk started working with the SmÃ¥lands-Tidningen redesign in 2008.
The return of SkÃ¶vde Nyheter
SkÃ¶vde Nyheter folded in December 2007 but on Thursday 14 April, 2011, the Swedish local paper made a comeback as a free weekly, published by VÃ¤stgÃ¶ta Tidningar (a division of Hallpressen).
The new SN was designed by Ribergaard & Munk working with VGT editor-in-chief Ronny Karlsson and SN copy editor Henrik Svensson.
Typographically, SkÃ¶vde Nyheter is making use of the same Greta/Flama toolbox as the rest of the Hallpressen titles.
In SN, however, Flama Slab enjoys a prominent role. The punchy slab serif also formed the basis for the new SN logo which was created by Ole Munk.
More info on SkÃ¶vde Nyheter (in Swedish) at MedievÃ¤rlden.
Tuesday 12 April 2011, the 146-year-old Swedish daily JÃ¶nkÃ¶pings-Posten (circ 36,000) launched a new design, created by Ribergaard & Munk with an in-house project team led by editor-in-chief Mats Ottosson.
More contrast will be introduced on the pages of the new JP, partly through the new typography (based on Greta and Flama, like the other titles of the Hallpressen corporation) and partly by keeping more rigid control of headline sizes and story counts. At the same time, an effort was made to retain the light, spacious layout which has since long ago characterized this newspaper.
Mats Ottosson: â€JÃ¶nkÃ¶pings-Posten has become more modern, more distinct, and easier to navigateâ€.
In Wednesdayâ€™s paper, Mats also mentioned the fact that more pages are devoted to local news, as well as to local culture and debate.
Ole Munk designed a new version of the historic JP nameplate.
A new design for VÃ¤rnamo Nyheter
One more step in Ribergaard & Munkâ€™s design work for Hallpressen was taken 24 February 2011 when the second-biggest newspaper of this Swedish media corporation launched in a brand new costume.
Even though VÃ¤rnamo Nyheter follows the same typographical guidelines as its brother/sister publications, this redesign was a special assignment as the VN frontpage is by tradition dominated by advertising.
With the ambition of generating more appeal in the newsstand, we have tried to add a bit of newsiness by squeezing in a promo area above the nameplate. Still however, the VN page 3 works as an alternative frontpage.
The new VN look is based on the design which we created for the free tabloid VÃ¤rnamo Nyheter Mitt i veckan (VÃ¤rnamo News Midweek) – but as the main paper is still published in broadsheet format, numerous adjustments and additions had to be made.
From web to print in JÃ¶nkÃ¶ping
Ribergaard & Munk created the design for a new free magazine which will be published in the Swedish city of JÃ¶nkÃ¶ping (125 000 inhabitants).
35 000 copies of JnyttXtra will be printed once a month by the website Jnytt.se, which has, over a period of just five years, become the dominant website of this region. JnyttXtra #1 hit the streets 28 January 2011.
You can flip through the latest issue here.
The Hallpressen media corporation is behind Jnytt.se and JnyttXtra and we based the design of the new magazine on the two typeface families (Greta and Flama) which Ribergaard & Munk have introduced in other Hallpressen publications – but this time used quite differently.
From a designerâ€™s point of view, it was an interesting exercise to try providing the new magazine with its own completely unique and modern look, using the same typographical toolbox with which we have created more â€normalâ€ newspaper typography.
JnyttXtra was amlng the nominees for the Swedish Design Award (Svenska Designpriset) 2011.