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Oklahoman’s redesign receives award in international contest

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 23, 2010 at 9:58 am •  Published: February 23, 2010
The Oklahoman’s redesign has won an Award of Excellence in the Society for News Design’s annual worldwide competition, it was announced over the weekend.

The Oklahoman won in the Redesigns/Overall Newspaper category.

Ten newspapers received the award. Four of those were from the United States.

"It’s gratifying that experts in our industry like the redesign,” said Ed Kelley, editor of The Oklahoman. "We wanted to create a newspaper that would meet the needs of time-pressed readers. That’s still our goal, each and every day.”

Garcia Media worked with The Oklahoman on the redesign and is mentioned with the award. Mario Garcia is a design consultant with offices in Tampa, Fla.; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Hamburg, Germany.

"I am not surprised about the Oklahoman's win in the SND contest. It is a design that is functional, makes the newspaper easy to navigate, and gives stories a sense of hierarchy, so that the reader in a hurry knows what importance each story commands," Garcia said. "For us, it was a great honor to work with such a talented and dedicated staff." Oklahoman staff who contributed to the redesign include Yvette Walker, director of presentation and custom publishing; Todd Pendleton, art director; Amy Raymond, senior news editor; and Matt Clayton, designer. Other staff members also heavily contributed to the project.

The redesign launched in September 2008.

Judges considered presentations from before and after redesigns in choosing winners.

This was the first time that The Oklahoman has won a Society for News Design award.