Who I Am

Jacek Utko is a newspaper,
magazine and web designer.
He also is a keynote speaker at big conferences.

What I Do

I was involved in both print and digital projects


International clients experience

He is a media consultant who travels the globe. In 35 countries in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and Africa, he revamped dozens of newspapers, magazines, and websites. He oversaw design for magazines as design director for Bonnier in Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. He made plenty of redesigns of DGP Media publications in Benelux. Also involved in the overhaul of the Lonely Planet travel guide in Australia.


Working for the world’s biggest media holdings

He enjoyed working for the biggest publisher in Scandinavia, Bonnier; the biggest publisher in South East Asia, Singapore Press Holdings; the biggest publisher in Africa, Naspers; the biggest publisher in Benelux, DGP Media; and the biggest publisher in the USA, Gannett, he was helping to reshape the largest network of local newspapers in America.


Magazine design one of his favourite

Jacek enjoys redesigning magazines in particular. Recent works by him include: Pismo Magazine, monthly with top quality journalism and illustrations, a bit like New Yorker format. Wysokie Obcasy Ekstra – monthly life-style quality magazine. Książki – leading magazine with book reviews in Poland. Read more here


World’s Best Designed awards

He won almost 100 prizes in design competitions. Five of the newspapers he redesigned (in Poland, Estonia, Netherlands, Belgium) were named ‘World’s Best Designed Newspaper’ by  the Society for News Design. Four newspapers he recently redesigned were recognized as European Newspaper of the Year. He also used to specialize in cover design, with three of his covers being named ‘Cover of the year’. Read more abut awards here


More website designs recently

He has redesigned a great deal of websites, mostly for media clients. He was part in digital projects fro leading national media holdings in Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium. He redesigned many business news websites. His recent involvements were: Wyborcza in Poland, Topics.nl and Het Parool in The Nederlands. Read more here


He was a speaker in 42 countries

He spoke at conferences in 42 countries, including Adobe Max, Online Publishers Forum, Icograda, Typo Berlin, World Newspaper Congress by WAN, Publish Asia, AOP London, Festival of Journalism in Peruggia, SND, and many others. In 2009, he delivered his famous talk, “Can Good Design Save Newspapers,” at the TED conference in Long Beach. This video has almost 1,5 million views. Additionally, he has delivered lectures at many universities in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Japan. Read more here (link)


Jacek Utko by the numbers


number of countries
I was speaking in


World’s Best Newspaper


countries I was
working on projects


European Newspaper of
The Year Awards

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