Arab News scoops more international design awards with SND honor

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Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive. (AN photo)
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Updated 14 March 2019
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Arab News scoops more international design awards with SND honor

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It was commissioned by the newspaper for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24, 2018

LONDON: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper, has won two Awards of Excellence in this year’s Society for News Design (SND) honors.
The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.


It was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. The illustration, of a road reflected in a woman’s sunglasses, has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.
It was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.
“For Arab News to be recognized on a global scale with this award is a great honor. The SND awards are the ones every newspaper and designer wants to win, so this is huge. It is brilliant to see our ‘women drivers’ cover continue receiving such great accolades,” said Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News.


“Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever. We are very pleased SND has recognized our efforts with this prestigious award.”
In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.
SND was founded in 1979 and showcases the very best of newspaper design from around the globe.


Cartoon tribute to Christchurch attack victims praised on social media

Updated 19 March 2019
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Cartoon tribute to Christchurch attack victims praised on social media

  • Having not slept well in the wake of the atrocity, Campbell got the idea while lying in bed
  • The cartoon by Campbell, an award-winning artist, shows Muslims in the different stages of prayer

LONDON: A cartoon by Canberra Times artist Pat Campbell representing the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch terror attack depicted in the New Zealand “silver fern” has been praised widely on social media.
The cartoon by Campbell, an award-winning artist, shows Muslims in the different stages of prayer. His original which had 49 figures represented, published on Saturday March 16, was later updated by the artist himself to reflect the 50 lives lost.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, he said: “I was thinking of the silver fern and thinking the pinnae (the individual bits coming off the stem) looked like figures, a similar number to the number of victims.”

The artist added that he owns land just outside the city and has friends in Christchurch, which prompted him to produce the artwork.
Having not slept well in the wake of the atrocity, Campbell got the idea while lying in bed.
“There were a lot of silhouettes to draw,” Campbell said. “They just kept coming. It brought home to me the death toll and the destruction one man can do with the right weapons.”