Late last summer, after five years of pale blue and increasingly frustrating site architecture, Torontoist relaunched with a brand new site. New layout, new back-end system, new logos, new…everything. We were the same—the same street-level reporting and frank commentary, the same love for the city and fascination with all its quirks, big and small—but we finally had a clean, usable, mobile-friendly, and downright pretty new way to present it all.
Today, that new layout—created by site designer and former Torontoist editor Marc Lostracco—was nominated for a National Magazine Award, for best digital design. We couldn’t be more excited, or more proud.
Marc captured everything we hoped to convey in our new layout; Ken Hunt, Michelle Darwin, and Jason Cyprian turned it from a design into the working website you’re on right now. We are grateful for the insight and dedication they put into this project every day.
We live, we are told, in perilous times for media—glibly warned that the death of news is upon us. Counter-evidence: the complete list of National Magazine Award nominees [PDF], which is full of things worth reading and looking at and knowing about, which testifies to the fact that Canada is producing excellent journalism, no matter what the naysayers might tell you. The forms are changing, and the economics are too, but the need for journalism isn’t. Huge congratulations to our St. Joseph Media siblings—Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine, FASHION, Canadian Family—for their many nominations, and to everyone who keeps finding ways to write and photograph and illustrate and publish news.