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London, UK 2006/07

Leading international design company Research Studios has completed the twelve-month task of designing a new visual language for The Times, which includes the creation of a new font called Times Modern, a major restyling of the navigation of the newspaper, a new masthead and a new crest. The changes will take effect from Monday November 20th and will continue The Times tradition of setting the visual and typographical agenda.

The new Times Modern typeface encapsulates the paper’s heritage while adapting to the demands of the new compact format. Like The Times’ previous typeface, Times Classic, Times Modern has been designed as a bespoke type family. The Times is the only newspaper to create and use bespoke fonts, all other UK newspapers purchase ready-to-use fonts.

The project has been led by Ben Preston, Deputy Editor of The Times, in partnership with Research Studios’ founder Neville Brody who acted as Art Director. Neville was formerly art director of The Face, and lead designer on Actuel, City Limits and Arena magazines. He also worked on the redesign of Times2 supplement in 2005.

Collaborating with Neville is lead designer Jon Hill supported by Research Studios’ Luke Prowse. Jon has worked on many large editorial projects, including the design of supplements for The Guardian, the redesign of Swiss newspaper Le Temps and UK business-to-business magazine Media Week. Twenty-three year old Prowse has created the new Times Modern headline font for the newspaper.

Over the past four years, The Times has seen unprecedented growth. The paper increased its year-on-year circulation for 22 consecutive months following the introduction of the compact in November 2003 and it is still increasing its full-rate sales, with 24 consecutive months of year-on-year growth, according to the most recent sales for October. agenda.

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