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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.

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.

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

 

 
 
 
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