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For the first time, Steve Dorsey, president of the US-based Society for News Design, will be visiting the UAE and is expected to speak on the evolution of newspaper design in the country

Sharjah Pay attention to the design of the newspaper pages you are reading. Some not only provide the news, but are masterpieces combining content with creativity.

Now, for the first time in the Middle East an exhibition will highlight the work behind the pages that make up a daily. Award winning examples of news design from the Gulf will be exhibited at The American University of Sharjah in the College of Architecture, Art and Design gallery. The displays are selected from The Best of News Design Creative Competition and the award winners are featured in the 37th annual book, The Best of News Design.

The Society for News Design, founded in the United States in 1979, and the Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University sponsor the annual Best of News Design competition, as well as related exhibitions and publications. Over the past decade, Gulf-based newspapers have gained increasing recognition in the areas of news graphics and information design.

For the first time, SND president Steve Dorsey, will be visiting the UAE for the Sharjah exhibition, where he will also speak the evolution of design in UAE newspapers.

Gulf News will present some of the best designed pages published last year.

Dr Mario Garcia, from Garcia Media and responsible for the first Gulf News redesign, said: "Right now, with so much emphasis placed on digital media, I can see how an exhibit that makes newspapers the protagonist is a very good idea. Many people know newspapers as household items, like they do a chair, a table or a fork. Not much attention is paid to them."


"An exhibit that presents all the nuances that constitute what goes into the design of a newspaper will be great. And, the fact that it will profile the terrific work by so many of the newspapers of the Middle East will make it even a more desirable type of event," he said.

"For the newspapers in the region that are still not up to speed in terms of design, the exhibit will be an eye opener to all the possibilities."

Lucie Lacava, responsible for the redesign of newspapers such as the National Post and Le Devoir, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and La Libre added: "Newspapers in the Middle East have reasons to celebrate the extraordinary work from the region."

"This exhibition brings to light the importance of visual journalism in the storytelling process. From page design, to photography, illustration and info-graphics, in just a couple of years these papers managed to reach the highest standards of visual excellence, an accomplishment which often takes decades to reach elsewhere," she said.

"These newspapers not only raised the quality and design craftsmanship of their pages to international standard, but have surpassed it in many ways. This body of work will serve as inspiration to many others, because there is always room for improvement."

According to her: "The challenge now is not only to maintain this lead and level of creativity, but to also apply it to other platforms, since newspapers can no longer rely on the print version alone. But in doing so they must remember to maintain and enforce their loyalty to the brand, as they evolve into other mediums."

The CAAD exhibit will feature award-winning work from the region, including Gulf News, The National, Al Bayan, and the Times of Oman.

The exhibit opens on November 20 at 5pm in the CAAD gallery. The opening will feature a round-table discussion in the CAAD auditorium on the state of news design in the region, and will include Dorsey of SND and Miguel Gomes, art director at Gulf News, among others.

"What is most impressive is the degree to which newspapers in the region have plainly made intelligent, innovative design core to their missions," said Stephen Komives, SND's executive director.

"It is not seen as a luxury but a central value. And it is not confined to a single paper or country, but continuing to spread throughout the region."

Best of News Design from the Mideast will be held in the CAAD gallery at AUS between November 20--December 1. The round table discussion will take place at 5:00 pm in the CAAD auditorium.

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Date:Nov 10, 2011
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