1 May 2012
Designers, illustrators nominated in 35th National Magazine Awards
TORONTO—The 35th annual National Magazine Awards nominees have been announced, and  with it several publications and designers/illustrators have been recognized in visual categories.

In the best magazine covers category, The Grid was named twice (Beyond Gay and Got Spunk?) for work by creative director Vanessa Wyse. Other nominees include Una Janicijevic for Canadian Business (Blackberry is Toast: A Toast to Blackberry);  Nathalie Cusson for enRoute (YYC); Domenic Macri for Report on Business (Jeff Mallett); Brian Morgan for The Walrus (The Future of Food); David Donald for This Magazine (45th Anniversary Special); Christine Dewairy for Toronto Life (The Truth about Tim Hudak); Philippe Lamarre for Urbania (Bebes); and Randall Watson for Vancouver Magazine (101 Things to Taste).

The Grid's 'Got Spunk?' nominated cover
The Grid's 'Got Spunk?' nominated cover

In the Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article category, Nathalie Cusson was named twice for enRoute (China in 72 Hours and Eating Orlando), while Vanessa Wyse garnered three more nods for The Grid (Got Spunk?, Waterfront and A Chef's Guide to Toronto). The latter title was co-directed by Adam Cholewa. Other nominees are: Kim Zagar for Cottage Life (A Happy Makeshift Vision); Anna Minzhulina for Maisonneuve (Monuments: The City in Three Parts); Brian Morgan for The Walrus (The Meaning of Hockey) and Christine Dewairy for Toronto Life (My Cybersexual Education).

For art direction of an entire issue, The Grid and enRoute again dominated with work from Nathalie Cusson and Vanessa Wyse, while also being recognized was Scott McLeod for Prefix Photo (Issue 24: Big Skies); Domenic Macri for Report on Business (Drexler); Brian Morgan for The Walrus (November 2011) and Janine Vangool for Uppercase (Issue #9).

The list of nominated illustrators are Gerard DuBois for CAMagazine (Insolvency Then and Now) and also for Maisonneuve (After Jack); Byron Eggenschwiler for Canadian Business (Death of the Salesman) and for Up Here (Towns on the Brink); Ben Clarkson for Explore (One Man in a Boat); Christian Northeast for Global Brief (Terrorism); Selena Wong for The Walrus (Meet You at the Door); and Scott McKowen for The Walrus (The Farms are Not All Right).

The winners will be announced at a gala on June 7 in Toronto.

Other visual categories include beauty, best digital design, creative photography, fashion, and more. For a full list of nominees, click here.
3. angelo sgabellone BA/AOCA
2 May 2012 at 11:28 AM
@anonymous 1:

When I was the creative director of Maclean's Magazine, I sat on many of these judging committees, the answer is simple; all these publications are subscriber members of these hosting organizations. In other words they have a stake or vested interest. The judges, just as in the design or advertising industry are made up of members of their respective fields. You must accept that there will be a reasonable amount of bias among journalists, art directors and editors. Hope this helps
2. Anonymous
2 May 2012 at 10:41 AM
Probably because awards are subjective
1. Anonymous
1 May 2012 at 5:18 PM
I don't want to sound like a complainer but really how did the Toronto Life cover get nominated in this category? It is so generic and a dime a dozen.

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