National Post — Introduction
I acted as design director for digital at National Post from 2006 to 2014. While there I redesigned the main brand’s website three times, in addition to designing and building apps, long form articles and special packages.
The first redesign
Many news websites in 2006 still catered to screen sizes of 800x600. where everything was… small, in a time before responsive web design, addressing screen resolutions was a massive undertaking.
We redesigned for a 1024x768 resolution, and addressed several issues we saw with the older site. Putting the reader front and centre, we refined the navigation to the primary types of news covered, designed a clear hierarchy for news (with a much more aggressive publishing schedule), put emphasis back on links and introduced larger art.
On articles we introduced a much larger font-size, larger art, related links and social media sharing tools and killed pagination.
A website for news design
Having the website built and managed in the newsroom let us deploy infographic and special event packages for just about anything.
The iPhone and Mobile Web
During the redesign, Apple launched the first generation of the iPhone. We started working on mobile websites and apps to expand the Post's media suite.
The 2010 redesign
In 2009 we embarked on a new redesign and moved the site from a proprietary CMS to WordPress. This gave us an opportunity to revisit the design and embrace changes like the widespread validity of web type.
In 2010 Apple launched the iPad. After the economic downturn started claiming newspapers, the publishing industry was ready to embrace a medium that was at once digital, and a more direct analogue to print. We experimented with the possibilities of the design on tablets.
Long Form journalism
One of the special packages we did was a retrospective on the decade long Canadian Forces mission in Afghanistan. Richard Johnson, the Graphics Editor for National Post and Journalist Brian Hutchinson spent time over the decade documenting the conflict.
In 2012 we redesigned again, introducing larger type, structured data, and a toolkit for editors to build rich articles with an expanding set of storytelling tools.
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