Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club brief

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

Recently we set a brief with the Glasgow School of Art. The students had to work together to produce a 16 page newspaper.

Yesterday Art and Carolyn Roberts got together to judge the results.  Carolyn is Creative Director of The Observer and led this redesign in 2010.

Judges comments below, winners at the end!

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Number 1

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

There was a discipline to this idea that we liked. Everything was within a circle. They stuck to this and the paper was better for it. The circles looked good and felt different.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

The we saw a note which said you could separate the paper along the perforations and fold it in half to get a completely different experience. We really liked this, it worked really well and was very unusual.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

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Number 2

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

This one was very different, in a good way. We loved the way they’d gone all out with the idea. It completely inhabits the paper. Trimming the edges was a brilliant step and made all the difference. The black felt unique. They’d really thought about the format and played around with what a newspaper could be. It had a real physical quality, you’d want to keep this one and take it home.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

And all that was before we discovered you could pull it apart and join up the pages.

One criticism, we felt there was a missed opportunity to do a striking cover.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

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Number 3

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

We thought this one was quite weak. For a newspaper called “Freakin out the norms” there were a lot of newspaper conventions inside. It had quite a lot of text inside which we didn’t think was handled very well.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

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Number 4

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

This one had the potential to be interesting, but we didn’t feel they’d pushed the idea enough. We liked the way they tried to get all the different members of the team on each page, but felt this needed more work.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

They’d thought about the centre spread which was good, but you couldn’t read the text on the cover which was disappointing.

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Number 5

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

This one showed lots of promise.

We got excited when we opened this one, but it didn’t quite live up to that early promise.

We liked the first spread and the last spread but felt the typography and the cover let it down.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

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Number 6

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

We really liked this one. It was one of the only ones that gave the reader a change of pace. It was bold and simple. They’d thought about the format and it showed. It was a good use of the medium.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

Carolyn particularly liked the JFK spread for these reasons.

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And the winners!
Special mention for innovation! – number 1 for the perforation fold thingy.

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

Winner! Best spread – the JFK one

Glasgow School of Art / Newspaper Club

 

Overall winner – the black space one!

The winner!

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