Monday, January 16, 2012

Gary Campbell, web creative director for St. Joe's, leaving to pursue personal projects

Gary Campbell, the executive producer of St. Joseph Media (Torontolife.com etc.) and a key individual in its digital publishing operation is leaving the company to pursue upspecified "personal projects". 
"I plan to spend the next few months pursuing personal projects that leverage my digital design talents as a maker of innovative things," Campbell says. "I also plan to continue developing my Aggregation magazine project*. Indeed, issue #7 is in the works now."
Campbell has been with SJM for eight years, first as art director and web evangelist at Quill & Quire magazine and since then as a member of the separate digital team at St. Joe's responsible for all design and creative direction for the websites of Toronto Life, FASHION, Quill & Quire, Where, and Ottawa Magazine.
In announcing Campbell's departure in an internal memo to staff Andrew Crane, the vice-president of operations, said:
In addition to increasing the audience of Torontolife.com two and half time over and setting the site on the course it enjoys today, Gary has had many achievements in his tenure with us. Most recently, he has spent his time reworking Fashionmagazine.com which recorded some of its strongest audience days ever in the fall and was judged to be Best Web Site in the P&G Beauty Awards last October....

We see Gary’s collaborative work and passion for online excellence evidenced in the awards arena as projects that he has been involved with have won over 20 gold, silver or finalist placings in National Magazine Awards, Canadian Online Publishing Awards and KRW Awards programs to name a few.
*In addition to his work for SJM, Campbell is the founder and creative director of online magazine called Aggregation, which he describes (and I'm paraphrasing) as a laboratory for the digital magazine of the future. Each of its (so far 6) issues publish five individuals who provide, in context, five links to a miscellany of stories found on the internet, sometimes discovering in the process the unexpected.

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