Notebook: 5 September 2015
No, we’re not talking about the modular system used for the design and production of magazines and newspapers, but The Grid, an award-winning, free, weekly newspaper for Toronto, Canada that folded just over a year ago. In its short lifetime (2011-2014) The Grid won huge amounts of praise for the high quality of its design and journalism. It was voted one of the World’s best designed newspapers three years on the trot by the Society for News Design (SND) and it was awarded a D&AD yellow pencil in 2014. But good design and editorial wasn’t enough to save this great weekly publication, aimed at Toronto’s younger residents and families – it was unable to generate sufficient advertising revenue despite its strong and loyal following.
We’ve only seen pictures of The Grid and would love to get hold of a copy or two, to really appreciate its good looks. Here are a couple of layouts, and if you go to the Cover Junkie website you’ll find that there’s a whole gallery devoted to its bold, colourful and clever covers.