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Die nuwe Volksblad

Not to be too Gollumesque about things, but I hates it! I always thought Volskblad (Bloemfontein, daily, Afrikaans, f. 1904, circ. 28,000) had one of the most dignified and handsome banners of all the Afrikaans dailies. The logo of the “People’s Paper” exudes a certain classical dignity and seriousness. Previous banners (see slideshow below) conveyed an individuality. I particularly like the chiseled blackletter typeface used in the second banner displayed below: strength, dignity, tradition, age.

A selection of Volksblad banners through the years.

Now the Free State’s Naspers-owned daily has been redesigned (c.f. the genial Charles Apple). The stately dignity of its former logo has been coldly replaced by the boringest of banners. Newspaper banners consisting of light text on dark backgrounds are tricky to pull off well. The Guardian does it, as does Le Figaro, but I’ve never really been convinced by either effort. Both, however, are better than Volksblad‘s choice of a supremely dull and featureless typeface for their banner. It has a real Anytown, USA feel to it.

Bring back the old’un! Luckily the redesign of Die Burger, my daily newspaper of choice when I was luxuriating in the comforts of the Western Cape, was much more of an aesthetic success.

This post was published on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 8:32 pm. It has been categorised under Newspapers South Africa and been tagged under , .
Frank J.
12 Jan 2012 2:30 pm

If you start a petition, I’ll be happy to sign!

Dave Cooper
13 Jan 2012 11:11 am

Ek ook vind die nuwe banier (impressum) uiters k*k. Ek verkies die ou een.

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