Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace has hired Spanish design group Cases Associats to give the tabloid a new look, before its switch to full-colour production next year.
The Barcelona-based design team has produced a dummy of the revamped paper, which only a select number of executives at parent company Trinity Mirror has seen. The Mirror has declined to comment except to confirm the appointment.
Changes are expected to include new fonts, graphics and clearer design distinctions between serious news and light-hearted pieces, due to roll out gradually over the next few months. But it is believed that the distinctive red masthead, which briefly changed to black under previous editor Piers Morgan, will remain the same.
Cases Associats was responsible for the redesign of the Independent on Sunday when it switched from a multi-section format into a single newspaper last June. The Sunday Telegraph and Financial Times have also recently revealed new looks.