New Look, Same Great Content – Toronto Star Gets a Design Update

Dear readers,

I’m sure you noticed some changes in your star today.

We are excited to share our new design update after many months of work by designers and publishers in creating an improved print product for you, our readers.

The new look of the paper is clean, airy and attractive. We hope you find the pages less gray and dense. There are more white space and more presence for photos throughout the newspaper. The overall look is modern and timeless, while retaining the same visual identity, fonts, and text size that we know our readers like and desire.

There has been some great work on this design, led by Fadi Yaacoub, Vice President of Multimedia, Podcasts and Design at Torstar, who hired award-winning Canadian designer Gayle Grin for the major project.

“I can hear people saying, ‘Why change?’ or ‘Why invest in printing now?’ ”Yaacoub says. “We value our print readers and wanted to further enhance their print experience and make it more enjoyable and engaging.”

In addition to the changes to the Star, the design update will also be released today in all Torstar regional newspapers.

Among the main changes you will see in the star:

A greater emphasis on sports, with additional sports pages every day of the week and separate sports sections on Mondays and Fridays, in addition to Saturdays and Sundays;

A renowned Culture section that combines the best of our previous Life and Entertainment sections;

Thursday’s Culture section features exciting new Toronto-centric content from food writer and editor Suresh Doss and food reporter Karon Liu;

More news from the world in our main News section;

The Homefinder section in our Saturday issue is called Real Estate to better reflect the wide range of articles and other housing content.

Aside from these changes, we will continue to publish all of our readers’ favorite parts of the newspaper, including news, opinion, research, entertainment, books, crossword puzzles, cartoons, and much more.

We hope you enjoy your newly renovated Toronto Star.


Anne Marie Owens


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