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30 years of Independent design

Notebook: 22 March 2016 | NEWSPAPERS

During its 30 year existence The Independent newspaper went through several changes of clothes and its last redesign in 2013 was arguably its best yet – but sadly it was never going to help stop declining sales and in late March 2016 the last copies rolled off the press and it headed for a digital-only future. Here’s a look back at its various incarnations via a timeline. There may have been odd periods when visually, it lost its way, but I’ll always remember it for its finely crafted typography and its strong and carefully edited photography.

30 years of Independent design 6Sources and links

1 Mike Dempsey’s blog 27.3.2012

2 The Independent 9.11.2005

3 Journalist’s Week 2.2.1990


5 The Independent: Too gaudy for words. Rick Poynor, Eye magazine 20.10.2008

6 The Independent redesign in pictures. The Guardian 20.4.2010

7 Red top. Alexander Ecob,  Eye magazine 11.10.2011

8 The Independent drops Viewspaper in redesign. The Guardian 11.10.2011

9 The Independent redesigns. Creative Review 7.11.2013

10 Classic with a Twist. Amol Rajan, The Independent 1.11.2013

11 Why The Independent redesign does not go far enough. Andy Cowles’ blog 10.11.2013


13 The Pugpig Post 11.2.2016

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