FRONT PAGE CHAMELEONS, BREAKING NEWS DESIGN, EVOLVING DESIGN FOR CHANGING READING HABITS

Responding to changing reader habits with increasing web readership, inspiring a bolder visual focus way we told stories in all media – these are examples of how visuals can be played large in print.

The front pages the National Post, particularly the weekend editions, are CHAMELEONS. They can employ ILLUSTRATION, or a GRAPHIC SOLUTION: even a noir comic strip  to illustrate a true crime story. And the nameplate colour might change to red on Remembrance Day.

Gangland Confidential
Gangland Confidential

Comic Book Noir illustrations by Chloe Cushman for a crime story written by Adrian Humphreys. Creative Director and Designer, Gayle Grin

Launch of DEATH series
Launch of DEATH series

Woman taking selfie at a funeral Illustration, Kagan McLeod Design and Creative Direction, Gayle Grin

Remembrance Day front page
Remembrance Day front page

Turned the nameplate red in respect of Remembrance Day. Illustration: Kagan McLeod Design and Creative Direction: Gayle Grin A winner at Society for News Design Competition

Gangland Confidential
Gangland Confidential

Comic Book Noir illustrations by Chloe Cushman for a crime story written by Adrian Humphreys. Creative Director and Designer, Gayle Grin

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Or the front pages responds to BREAKING WORLD NEWS with photography leading the story telling. Even to the extent of the art wrapping the back and front of the paper and moving the nameplate.

33 DEAD
33 DEAD

This was designed in desperation. It was a time of cost savings, and we could not use American Associated Press and they were the only ones who had photos of this live event. We sent our own photographer, but he was just arriving and would not have live art before deadline. So I created a front page with dramatic typography on a black background, hoping to convey the horror of that day. Design, Gayle Grin

Haiti Earthquake
Haiti Earthquake

Design, Gayle Grin

3rd Day of Terror in Paris
3rd Day of Terror in Paris

Whe I found this image, I knew how to cover the 3rd day of an ongoing story. It inspired my design. Design, Gayle Grin

33 DEAD
33 DEAD

This was designed in desperation. It was a time of cost savings, and we could not use American Associated Press and they were the only ones who had photos of this live event. We sent our own photographer, but he was just arriving and would not have live art before deadline. So I created a front page with dramatic typography on a black background, hoping to convey the horror of that day. Design, Gayle Grin

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Despite her diminutive stature, Gayle occupies a huge place at the centre of the National Post newsroom. Through her vision, imagination, enthusiasm and drive, she helps push all the staff to think visually as they put together every day’s paper. She is also, quite simply, a wonderful person to work with. The Post wouldn’t be the same without her.
— STEPHEN MEURICE, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, CANADIAN PRESS, MY FORMER BOSS AS NATIONAL POST'S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, 2010-2015

A visual evolution of the look of the National Post since launch in 1998. An evolution of reading styles, an evolution of the cost cutting shrinking size of the paper, and an evolution of the newspaper's personality.

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THE TEAM

Web Art Directors: Matt Warland, Adam Martin

Design editors: Genevieve Biloski, Gigi Suhanic,

Ron Wadden, Becky Guthrie

Page 1 Editors: Ania Medrek, Joe Hood, Jane Switzer

Illustrators: Chloe Cushman, Kagan McLeod,
Mike Faille, Editorial Cartoonist, Gary Clement

Graphics Editor: Richard Johnson

Graphics: Andrew Barr, Mike Faille, Jonathon Rivait 

 

MY ROLE

Creative Director

 A lot of ideas

'Hands on design', especially on page 1

Creation of consistency in design evolution