Redesign wins first place!

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SOME EXCITING NEWS to share with you!

A paper I recently redesigned, The Western Catholic Reporter in Edmonton, Alberta, has just been honored as the best designed church paper in Canada.

The Canadian Church Press (CCP) awarded The Western Catholic Reporter its top prize at its annual awards banquet May 15.

The judge, Gordon Preece, art director for the Winnipeg Free Press, said The Western Catholic Reporter had “a sophisticated presentation of news through images, design and typography. Every page is a surprise, interesting in its treatment yet easy to read.” The Western Catholic Reporter is “a paper to be proud of,” he said.

I spent a week in Edmonton redesigning The Western Catholic Reporter last October. During my time there, I worked closely with Editor Glen Argan and News Editor Lasha Morningstar. Our focus was primarily on the physical redesign but our time together gave us the opportunity to review design approaches and techniques that would work well for a newspaper that’s put together by only the two of them.

We spent our first few hours together reviewing content and organization as well as capabilities and resources. I was immediately impressed by the commitment of Glen and Lasha to their newspaper. For them, their work on The Western Catholic Reporter is more than a job—it is a mission.

As the week rolled along, we discussed design possibilities and reviewed mockups to be sure we where doing everything we could to take advantage of their presentation skills. Among the major changes we made was a commitment to the use of the spread (the WCR is a tabloid) for the lead feature story in each issue. It didn’t take long to convince Glen and Lasha that they could do a knockout piece here.

Glen and Lasha asked great questions…and their readiness to change was a key to our progress. It was an exhilarating experience.

We were delighted with what we accomplished and now our work has received top recognition from a respected judge.

It’s a delight to share the good news with you.

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