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On Monday, 21st of March, 2005, a first issue of redesigned weekly newspaper Respekt came out. The team of the authors which prepared the changes for several months consisted of Filip Blažek (Designiq), Michal Gregorini (Mowshe), Michal Hořava and Libor Kleček (Mowshe). The original layout, which became well known in the course of the last few years, was prepared by Robert V. Novák. However, the original concept slowly disappeared, new, incongruous elements appeared, and so the publisher begun considering a complex change. New layout concept was designed in close cooperation with the editorial office, and with maximum possible respect of the reader. We wanted to keep what was functional, while eliminating or adjusting elements which stood in the way of clarity and good organisation. One of the foundation stones of the new layout is a new text typeface. The Fresco type family was designed by Belgian typographer Fred Smeijers between 1998 and 2003. This new typeface is not only much more legible than its predecessor, New Century Schoolbook, but its originality constitutes one of the characteristics of the new Respekt layout. The layout utilises both serif and sans serif version, Fresco and Fresco Sans. Second key change lies in well thought out distribution of white space. The pages are now much lighter and more elegant. The white space should serve as a tool of easier orientation for the reader. Other new elements are based on the tradition of the layout of the first half of the 1990s, such as special initials or squares which terminate each article. Another strongly perceptible change lies in greater indent of bordering columns of regular sections or shorter articles. The new layout of Respekt is a delicacy for typography gourmets: it is probably the first Czech newspaper which positions accents slightly off the page layout, or which uses ligatures consistently throughout the text.

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