INSP Awards: best street paper design finalists revealed

From simple, elegant and minimalist layouts to anarchic and disruptive designs, the competition in this year’s INSP Awards Best Design category is fierce.

After a tough round of judging, our international design panel has narrowed down the field to the five striking finalists, listed below.

The winner will be announced next week at the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens and, of course, right here. Keep an eye on #INSPAwards and #INSP2016 for more updates.

Check out our other INSP Awards finalists here.

The Big Issue Taiwan

“The simplicity and clearness of our design always leave a remarkable impression on the audience, making our street vendors’ image extraordinarily clear and impressive.”

The Big Issue Taiwan’s design was roundly praised for its clean layout and professionalism. The elegance of the design impressed the judges, as did the consistency across editions, allowing for a good reader experience.

= Oslo/Norge, Norway

“In June 2015, = Oslo celebrated our first ten years on the street. On the front page of our 100-page anniversary edition, we chose a grandmother with a birthday cake.”

=Oslo’s clean and minimal aesthetic allows the strong photographic assets the space to make an impact. The judges enjoyed its classic, very readable style and excellent use of space.

Liceulice, Serbia

“Since we are promoting new ideas, marginalised groups, topics, giving the space in the magazine to those who cannot (or do not want to) reach commercial media, we have developed voluntary collaborations with young, unknown designers from all over the Balkans.”

Every edition of Liceulice is designed by different designer, under the supervision of the magazine’s Art Director (Sanja Polovina) or another well-known designer. The judges praised Liceulice for maintaining a recognisable look through these variations.

Megaphon, Austria

An anarchic and disruptive design philosophy drives Megaphon’s energetic design. The judges liked the irreverence and variation in the appearance of the street paper, which gives it a confident tone.

Scarp de’ tenis, Italy

“The main characteristic of Scarp de’ tenis’ new graphic design is the new logo on the cover. A pointer icon with a stylised shoe inside which seems to say to readers: ‘we are here’. A pointer icon which says to those people who need to find a new opportunity for life: ‘we are here especially for you’.”

With an editorial feel and great structure, the judges felt that Scarp de’ tenis’ design screamed ‘read me!’