One week of The Guardian: Friday

Yet another ‘One Day of The Guardian’ visualisation is complete. Todays visual illustrates the sheer amount of words in the paper. I wanted to do something like this, something rather simple, as after doing some research on word counts in books I found out that I could pretty much read a book from cover to cover in the time it would take me to read through two or three issues of The Guardian! That’s alot of words, however they’re arranged.

Anyways, I wanted this to be a predominantly text based visual, using all of the words in the newspaper to make my point. I was inspired a little by the Beatles Poster by Daniel Eatock, and the Motorolla 75th Anniversary poster by Fibre designs. As a friend said, “it kind of throws away the idea of a 32 page paper”. After he said that it hit me that everyday some layout designer(s) has to fit all of this information into sections, sub-sections, pages, and columns. The blocked details highlight some of the more important points behind the text.

One week of the Guardian: Friday Preview 1

One week of the Guardian: Friday Preview 2

One week of the Guardian: Friday Preview 3

Trust me when I say, there’s alot of this text! So much infact, Illustrator nearly died at trying to draw all the vectors whenever I moved the page or zoomed in and out.

The Series

This is one day in a series that takes the news from one week of the Guardian newspaper, and visually represents it as a series of static visualisations. You may also be interested in:

  • Monday - A typographic and layout based piece previewing the contents of the paper as ingredients.
  • Tuesday - A list of headlines contained in the paper illustrated with references to the article or subject.
  • Wednesday - A polar graph inspired layout mapping the stories and categories on colour coded concentric circles.
  • Thursday - A content map showing the relationships between information inside of a circular container.
  • Friday - A text heavy piece highlighting the sheer amount of information contained within in the paper.
  • Saturday - A grid based typographic piece, showing patterns and author relationships through the paper.


  1. Comment Details
    Authored by liam
    Posted April 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Comment Permalink

    Looks great, awesome concept. Especially the colours, nice work.

  2. Comment Details
    Authored by Dave
    Posted April 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm | Comment Permalink

    Thanks. :)

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    Authored by Patrick
    Posted April 15, 2008 at 12:43 am | Comment Permalink

    Very cool, I love documenting or archiving news in visual ways. I started doing a project in InDesign and realized it much more complicated than I thought. By thew way, I like the design of your site, fairly grid, very organized.

  4. Comment Details
    Authored by Dave
    Posted April 15, 2008 at 12:56 am | Comment Permalink

    I seem to be checking my emails and chasing you around the site at the same time! Thanks for your comments, they’re much appreciated.

    I must of made twice as many preliminaries than I published final designs for each visual. In the end it was just hard to choose.

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