As we mentioned last week, Spacing has gone through a bit of a redesign. We’ve kept most of our regular features like Infrastructure Fetish, Hidden Gems, Placemakers, and Head Space, but we’ve added a few new features and an entire new front-of-magazine section called The Issues. Here’s a bit of a rundown:
THE COMMONS: For years, we’ve balked at the idea of having an editorial page, but we finally decided it was time to have a space in the magazine for us to discuss issues that might not fit into a specific feature or section. One of our editors will shoot from the hip (or lip) each issue.
IN THE DETAILS: This feature will be an info-graphic that breaks down a specific topic. In this issue we examine the impact on the city if branches of the major banks put their money where the mouth is and installed green roofs. Spacing teamed up with Sheridan College’s illustration program to create this graphic: 60 students were assigned to do info-graphics on green roofs in Toronto. We ended up choosing the work of Mike Culhane and Kate Martin-Noyes.
LOST HISTORY: Spacing used to have a heritage feature called “Gone,” but we decided to rename it and add a fun sidebar. Lost History will uncover bits of Toronto’s past, while the sidebar Then & Now compares how areas change over the years.
PUBLIC GOODS: This new feature is meant for the discerning urbanist who needs city-themed products like t-shirts and trinkets. We know Toronto possesses a plethora of great craft artists and fashion designers, so we expect Public Goods to be a popular hit with our readers.
NEW BODY FONT: For the front-of-magazine and review sections, Spacing has decided to change the body font. We had been using Avenir Regular since our launch five years ago, so we thought it might be time to change things up a bit. The new body font is called “The Mix Light” — it’s a sans serif font (like Avenir) but also contains a few serif characteristics. It displays a little bigger than Avenir, so those with poor eyesight will find it a bit easier to read.
THE HOT TOPIC: The page above is the front of a totally new section, called The Issues. The Hot Topic will kick off the section with a timely or intriguing examination of a local issues. Our first Hot Topic examines the City’s current and potentially forthcoming policies concerning smoking on sidewalks and in other public spaces.
THE ISSUES: We decided to introduce The Issues section in order to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest public space happenings and discussions. The Issues are City Hall, Transit, Bikes, Walking, City Building, and Green Space. Each “issue” is a two-page spread that includes a columnist and up to three small features. Spacing has added the voices of Steve Munro (transit), Steve Brearton (bikes), Spacing editor Dylan Reid (walking), and Edward Keenan (City Building). The preexisting columns by John Lorinc (City Hall) and Todd Irvine (Green Space) now have a permanent home in their new sections.
NEW FONT FOR COVER SECTION: Our themed cover sections will continue, just like in previous issues. The only difference you’ll find is a new body font. We’re using a serif font called Scala Serif Regular. We chose to have a different font so that this section would stand out from our front- and back-of-magazine sections. And since articles tend to be longer in the cover section, and serif fonts are considered easier to read during lengthy pieces, we thought the change of font made sense.
We hope you like the refreshed Spacing. To see larger versions of the graphics show in this post, go to our Flickr page.