Monday, August 08, 2011

New hand at the art tiller at Toronto Life with September issue

Though some might quarrel with definitions (the cover subjects moved to Dundas, Ontario, a town that probably can't be considered a suburb of Toronto). But the September issue of Toronto Life features the first cover design by new art director Christine Dewairy, late of Maclean's, Canadian Business etc.The issue is on stands August 11.
Photographs by Hudson Hayden and photo illustration by James Dawe

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It says "burbs", which can mean ex-burbs as well as suburbs.

5:06 pm  
Blogger D. B. Scott said...

For those of us who live outside of Toronto, that would seem to lump together everywhere BUT Toronto as "burbs", ex- or otherwise. (Technically, Dundas is part of the City of Hamilton now, rather than being the independent town which was incorporated in 1847.)

5:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what defines 'burbs'. This cover is horrible, dated both visually and typographically.

10:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a nice cover. As a former TO Life subscriber who now only buys on the newsstand occasionally, I would seriously consider buying this one based on the cover. Nice job, Christine.

8:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think TL is particularly concerned with representing the perspectives of those living outside Toronto. Center of the universe, you know.

12:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the September cover? A pretty busy season in the city starting with TIFF, and this is the best they could do? Or is this just TL fessing up to the fact that like the Toronto Star its primary readership lives outside of Toronto. On the cover design, perhaps Christine should have brought her cover design team from Maclean's.

2:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's us! Leaving the asylum in 3 weeks. Can't. Wait.

Feel bad for those who don't know what it's like 'on the other side'.

8:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cover is really bad...the lighting on the families faces is completely blown out and there is nothing interesting about it. I would rather buy Hamilton Magazine LOL.

1:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatevs, Anonymous. It is not a great leap forward in the world of magazine cover design, but I sympathize with the designers on this one. Based on my anecdotal evidence (which, traditionally, is what stories of this nature rely on. I refer you to the Great Artist Exodus of 2003, which proclaimed a flood of creative types trekking to Hamilton in search of cheap studio space. Didn't happen.) I doubt that anyone within the Toronto Life demographic catchment area is seriously considering decamping to Dundas anytime soon. Non-stories are hard to work on, and the bigger issue is an editorial one, I think.

There is a lot of fresh new talent at TL and I look forward to seeing what they come up with once they find their feet.

Also, the commute DOES suck. Don't pee on my head and tell me it's raining.

11:05 am  
Anonymous Mr. Alan said...

The covers under Rose's amateur direction were a constant train-wreck. I am looking forward to Christine taking the covers to a height of graphic quality more befitting Toronto's magazine (she did great things for Maclean's).
Regardless of how good that renovation goes, I'll never touch that scene-sucking rag.

7:30 pm  

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