Primorski Dnevnik
— 70

Graphic design
Editorial design
Art direction
Print design

Primorski Dnevnik (translated as ‘The Littoral Daily’) is a Slovene language daily newspaper published in Trieste (Italy). Founded in 1945 by the Yugoslav Partisans that freed the city of Trieste from nazi-fascism, the newspaper became — in the following decades — the herald of the Slovene community in Trieste and in other areas of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The newspaper centers its reporting on the Slovene community in Italy, but reports extensively also on news from Slovenia and the world.
In 2015 Primorski Dnevnik celebrated 70 years of its foundation and — in occasion of this anniversary — in january 2016 the editorial staff decided to release a celebrative book, to be given to the newspaper’s subscribers and authorities as a "precious summary of the Primorski Dnevnik's activity during all these years". The result is a 336 pages volume which features greeting from authorities, intellectuals' thoughts, historical facts, archive contents, thematic contributions by various journalists, articles about the most important events (arranged by decades), detailed lists of all the personnel working thru the years on/for the newspaper (directors, printers, editors, accounts) and lots of photographies and ‘historically remarkable first pages’. Published in Slovenian, the book features also texts in Italian and English.

The book was printed on ice-white coated paper (used for the first — articles focused — part of it) and on grey-coloured uncoated / matt paper (used for the  second — personell lists — slightly shorter part of it). The use of an anthracite look-like metallic Pantone for the graphisms/texts and the use of a pale blue for the titles/openings is a conceptual homage both to the ‘vintage’ printers and typographers of the newspapers (the metallic anthracite connects itself to Linotype machines, movable types, proofreaders) and to the ‘institutional’ blue color of the Primorski Dnevnik (which then connects also with the concept of Littoral, sea, seagull — the newspaper’s current logo). A graphic design balance between the 'gone' editorial-golden-age's nostalgia and the today's design 'trends' is recalled also in the layout's typography: the fonts used are a mono-type and a serif, selected to underline the evolution of editorial trends and technologies from the movable-character-sticks and old-newspaper-printing techniques to the digital, contemporary editorial composition.

Part one —
Greetings, articles, thematic contributions, the newspaper history.
On coated paper.

Part two —
Personnel lists, archives, translated excerpts.
On uncoated paper.

The alternative cover —
UV varnished element ('the seagull'), not trimmed.


Creative direction → Andrej Pisani
Art direction → Aleš Brce
Graphic and editorial design → Aleš Brce
Executive → Aleš Brce
Photographies → Mario Magajna, Davorin Križmačič, Damjan Balbi, Sergio Ferrari, NŠK archives
Cluent → Primorski Dnevnik
Work made for → Sintesi/Hub (agency)
Publisher → DZP d.o.o.
Print → Sinegraf d.o.o.
Print run → 3,500 copies
Papers → coated (from p. 1 to 272) + uncoated paper (from p. 273 to 336), softcover
Coated part inks → CMYK offset + PANTONE 8404 C
Uncoated part inks → PANTONE Black U + PANTONE Cool Gray 1 U
Format → 230 x 300 mm (spine 29 mm)
Pages → 336