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  • The Journal
    Redesign of Scotland's largest Student Newspaper
  • As the Art Director of The Journal student newspaper, I redesigned the entire newspaper from the ground up over the 2011–2012 New Year period. This was a complicated project involving altering the layout, changing the type system, creating a new grid, establishing paragraph and object styles, redesigning the elements library and stress-testing the new layout by creating various mockups and master pages. 

    Because my design would later be used by a team of layout designers, one of my main aims was to make it easy to use. To achieve this, I created a modular grid and a complete elements library covering most of graphic elements they would need for the paper. I also defined several paragraph styles for headlines, standfirsts, body copy and additional info. To make the paper easy to read I encouraged high contrast between type weights & size to create a visual hierarchy, colour coded and divided the paper's sections, and designed easy-to-read tables, pull quotes & elements.

    The following pictures show pieces from all stages of the redesign, from my design proposals to mockups to final printed issues.
  • These spreads are from my proposal for typographic alterations. Here, I recommended using Stag, Gotham and Mercury over the old system of Soho, Myriad Pro and Egyptienne for practical and aesthetic reasons.
  • This document, essentially a style guide, showed how the grid could be used along with the type styles to create clear layouts and modular covers.
  • Final printed editions: