Kommunen redesign, 2009

FIRST PRIZE, THE BORDING AWARD FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN 2010
BRONZE AWARD (REDESIGN), SND/S 2010

by Ole Munk; published 1 October 2009, edited 3 November 2010
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The Danish newspaper Kommunen was redesigned in 2009 by Ribergaard & Munk.
In 2010, the new design won two prestigious awards: The Danish Bording Award for graphic design and a bronze medal in the redesign category of Best of Scandinavian News Design.

The newspaper is published bi-weekly in tabloid format. Kommunen’s readers can be found among decision makers in the Danish society, mainly in the local municipalities (mayors, council members, chief executives, etc).
The newspaper was founded by the Copenhagen daily Information in 1958 and has a circulation of 3600 copies.
In 2009, Kommunen was bought by a newly formed company, owned by the two successful Danish news websites Altinget.dk and dknyt. With a strategy of strengthening the newspaper’s position and increasing circulation, they hired more editorial staff and asked Ribergaard & Munk to create a new design which could meet the high editorial ambitions.

Every issue will include two pages where the newspaper will zoom in on one particular local municipality, its development, current situation, and problems.
In the new design, Christian Schwartz’ typeface Guardian Egyptian (for the first time in Denmark) has been combined with Corpid, a versatile sans serif designed by Lucas de Groot.

A simple six-column grid forms the structure of the new paper and the colour palette consists of five colours.
Click here to download a pdf version of the first issue.