OLD Media Moves

Financial Times has a new design

April 23, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

The Design Week web site has a look at the redesigned Financial Times, which was introduced on Monday.

Financial TimesGina Lovett wrote, “The Financial Times sports a fresh look today, devised by its in-house design team in conjunction with US external design consultant Ryan Bowman. Development editor Andy Davis oversaw the project.

“According to a spokeswoman for the FT, the ‘design refresh’ is the second phase of editor Lionel Barber’s plan to modernise the paper. Barber spent his first year as editor improving content and merging the on-line and print factions, and wanted to reflect this with subtle design changes that ‘sharpen the FT’s look’ and reflect its ‘premium positioning’.

“The weekday edition of the newspaper features a softer typeface, clearer layout for improved navigation, a revised masthead and fresh colour palette. The weekend edition masthead has also been revised, with more emphasis on the arts section.

“Under the slogan ‘We live in Financial Times’, a nationwide ad campaign to highlight the new look also breaks today.”

Read more here.

In Monday’s paper, Barber wrote, “In addition, the new-look FT will improve navigation around the two main sections. Corporate stories in the second section will be clearly labelled by sector. Our markets coverage includes more space for analysis of important trends, including private equity and hedge fund activity.

“And we will bring some exciting additions to our unrivalled team of columnists and commentators. Clive Crook, formerly deputy editor of the Economist and publisher of Atlantic Monthly, will be joining us as a weekly Washington columnist, among others.”

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