Jason Chiu has been named regional director of SND’s eastern Canada region.
Chiu is a Design Editor at The Globe and Mail, where he has worked since 2009. He was a member of the 2010 core redesign team and was awarded the 2009 National Newspaper Award, in the presentation category.
“We’re very excited to welcome Jason and the excitement and energy he brings for design. He has a rich background that will help him represent a diverse and important region in the Society. We’re excited to have him on our team,” said Steve Dorsey, SND president.
Prior to the Globe Chiu worked at the Toronto Star as a news designer and at an array of French and English alternative weeklies in Toronto and Ottawa. While in Ottawa, he also worked as a bureau chief for a wire agency managing graphic content. Chiu has also been a member of several non-profit and for-profit boards, including Canadian University Press, a student co-operative of nearly 100 newspapers, and Campus Plus, a national multi-market advertising agency. The nameplate at his desk reads Jimmy Choo.
Jason Chiu in his own words:
Q: What does SND mean to you, how did you first get involved in SND?
A: SND is a fantastic organization for both the established and ambitious and rising editorial designer. There are an array of resources and avenues to pursue. I first became involved in SND at the SND Las Vegas Workshop, and before that through The Best of Newspaper Design’s former book editor Editor Ron Johnson, who reviewed my portfolio several years ago while at another conference in Vancouver, and encouraged me to pursue the trade, the field and the organization.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working as a regional director?
A: As the new regional director for Canada I am looking forward to reconnecting with former and potential members of SND and providing them with services and programming that is mutually beneficial to their publications and personal career goals. To add, I’m eager to further the reach of the organization beyond traditional newspaper publications into the field of news magazines. As a whole, I’m keen to re-establish Canada as a player and design force in the editorial publication field.
Q: Where do you go for inspiration in your work?
A: Old design annuals I find at garage sales and flea markets. I’m currently reading the 48th Design Annual of advertising and editorial, television, art and design from the Art director’s club of NY, circa 1969. There’s some stuff on the internet, but it can be a slippery slope to Photoshop hackery. The best place to go is, by far, outside.
Chiu replaces former Region 9 director Michael Bird, Presentation Editor at The Globe and Mail. We’d like to thank Bird for his service to the region and the Society.