5 Awesome Newspaper Flag Designs

Earlier this month (March 7-11) was Newspapers In Education Week. If you’re not familiar with Newspapers In Education, or NIE, it is a program that basically provides curriculum and newspapers for classroom use. It develops lesson plans that help teach students how to use newspapers as research and information sources, and fosters a love for reading.

All good things, and so in the spirit of NIE Week I thought it prudent to highlight some of the best newspaper flag designs out there today. For all you traditionalists, I skipped all the calligraphic newspaper flags that retain the look of the days when they were hand-engraved (sorry New York Times and about a thousand others). I went on the lookout for newspaper flag designs that lend a fresh perspective on style. I think you’ll agree.

AM New York

I like this newspaper flag design because it has a great logo, and it places the entire flag in a left-aligned box – very different from most traditional newspapers. Notice how the box leaves room for an ad? I used to work in the newspaper business, and giving up front page ad space was editorial blasphemy. You need to get with the times, baby, and make some money!

Wyoming Tribune Eagle

I like this flag design for three reasons. One, it has a relatively basic, modern font. Two, it is inside a color box. Three, below the box is a clean layout with necessary edition information and a neat little logo.

The Orange County Register

Clean layout. Simple, yet unique, font. Neat outline. This is a sweet nameplate, and the coolest part is it would work well on a website or direct-mail marketing piece as well. Good overall design.

The Bakersfield Californian

A neat design technique in which the flag logo is placed inside a photo. The photo background is behind the logo, but the photo foreground is in front of it. Cool beans, man. Did I just date myself?

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

I think this flag design is awesome because it is simple. It is in a color box. It is unique in that the “Fort Worth” part of the name is small and in a different color font. But what I find most unique is the edition information is off to the right in a clean, simple design that makes for attractive, easy reading.

8 Responses to 5 Awesome Newspaper Flag Designs

  1. Larry Dobson May 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    The masthead is generally on the editorial page or within the first four pages of a newspaper. The flag is generally on the top of the front page. You appear to have them reversed.

  2. Brian May 20, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Good catch Larry – my mistake!

  3. John Kent June 30, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has now removed “Fort Worth” from its masthead — a curious move in a large city (750,000/metro 1.2 million) that nevertheless struggles for identity, and is in a state of continual angst as it tries to distinguish itself from Dallas.

  4. Brian July 5, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    John, thank you for your comment. I agree that the move is curious for the reasons your cite. How many times to we hear “Dallas-Fort Worth” and just “Dallas” versus just “Fort Worth?”

    I still like the design!

  5. Jarrette Fellows, Jr. December 6, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    I’ve practiced journalism and taught it to middle and high schoolers. I’ve always taught my students that the masthead is on the editorial page (top or bottom), and the flag is the name of the newspaper, appearing at the top of the front page.

  6. Brian Morris December 6, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Jarrette, you’re absolutely right – thanks for the catch. I made the appropriate edits. Thanks for reading!

  7. GreenPlug Sustainability May 19, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Great article and offers some inspiration. We’re just launching a new magazine for our sustainability site http://greenplug.nu and are trying to develop the masthead. Thx!

  8. Brian Morris May 21, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Sounds exciting – I’m glad you found this post useful. Best of luck with your magazine!

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