World’s Best: The Grid

The Grid

The Grid, Toronto

Cir. 25,000 – 74,999 (Non-Daily)

Judges’ Statement

“Good shit is happening — lots and lots and lots of it.” So say the editors of The Grid in their mission statement about Toronto. And so says the jury about The Grid itself.

The more time you spend with this guerrilla guide, the more “good shit” shows up. The engaged writing, smart editing and heavy research is done in a young, sophisticated voice and executed while obviously having great fun. The design is minimalistic and the cool, restrained and exclusive fonts are Tiempo for body copy, and the logo face and display fonts are Fakt.

What really makes this publication a different visual experience for the reader are the many tiny informative graphic details throughout the pages. It must be extremely time-consuming doing these pages, but it works so well for the reader. Specific keywords are highlighted with yellow; small locator maps show where to find the spot mentioned in the presentation; on one page appears a visual guide on how to dress “Dad-rock” style, supplemented with the ruthless caption “Facial hair is not necessary, but always appreciated.” Another fine detail is the hand-drawn portraits on the bylines. All these details could make the paper a mess — but it’s not. The overall look is perfectly consistent and clean.

The Grid also surprises with sparse but great inside photography on full spreads. Our favorite was the fantastic photo of a line at a hotdog stand — and the photo goes on through four straight pages. This is a wonderful surprise for the reader.

This publication really catches you and it will not let you go. Any big city with respect for itself should get a “good shit” guerrilla guide like this. Right now.

The Judges:

Bill Gaspard, China Daily, Beijing
Scott Goldman, The Indianapolis Star and
Søren Nyeland, Politiken
Rhonda Prast, Missouri School of Journalism
Bob Unger, The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass.

About Lee Steele

is design editor of the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers and 2015 president of the Society for News Design.


The other winners —mmm, downright predictable.
This small newspaper with an attitude — must feel like the real-real deal 🙂
Congrats to all of them!

Congratulations The Grid. Have admired your attitude since launch. Also really enjoy your attention to detail. Well done.

I live in Toronto and am a devoted Grid reader. It’s what every city paper should strive to be…fun, smart and full of energy. Way to go guys!

It seems very nice – at least what I saw at the top of the page – but it reminds me very much, as in *too* much, the Portuguese ‘i’. Perhaps the colours palette, the use of white space or the round elements.

Not wild about the cover art on the above sample, but love, love LOVE the content inside and art. Terrific ideas that are visual and engaging. Congratulations to The Grid for producing such a fantastic publication, especially in these days of salary cutbacks, layoffs and the constant requirement to “do more with less.”

Я сейчас же кину в закладки ваш rss, поскольку я не могу
найти ваш email link или e-newsletter. Можно ли попросить ваши контакты?
Пожалуйста, позвольте мне переговорить с вами так,
чтобы я мог бы подписаться.
Заранее вам благодарен.

Вау! Я действительно наслаждаюсь скачивая шаблоны и темы этого сайта.
Они просты, но эффективны для оформления.
Часто практически нереально найти “идеальный баланс” между превосходным юзабилити и внешним видом ресурса.
Я должен сказать, что автор
проделал невероятную работу над материалом.

Помимо этого, процесс загрузки очень скоростной, у меня браузер Интернет Эксплорер.

Превосходный блог!

Я сегодня серфил онлайн более 3 часов, но я так и не
нашел ни одной интересной статьи, подобной вашей.
Это приятно удивило меня. На мой взгляд,
если все владельцы тематических страниц и блоггеры делали бы хороший контент, как вы,
то полезных материалов появлялось бы намного больше.

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