Matt French - Editorial Designer

High-concept visuals

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Turning ideas into art

I have a passion for distilling ideas down to their essence to produce refined visuals and compelling editorial page designs.

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VISUAL STORYTELLING

My work is about problem solving: finding creative ways of using type, images, and graphics to connect readers to content.
What I do

AWARD-WINNING

Several pieces of my work (both print an digital) have been recognized by leading media-industry awards organizations.
List of Awards

DIVERSE PORTFOLIO

Having designed for publications with different audiences, my portfolio speaks to my adaptability and awareness of the reader.
My Portfolio

What I do

One of the things I love most about editorial design is that it involves many different disciplines. However, there are a few roles that I'm especially passionate about.

 
 

Page Designer

Finding an aesthetic balance of typography and art that drives narrative forward.

Concept Illustrator

Taking a conceptual idea from a story and refining it into arresting graphic imagery.

Art Director

Curating a roster of illustrators and having the insight to employ their talent effectively.

Redesigner

Re-imagining visual presentation and alternative story forms, in print and online.

Matt French
  • He seems to innately understand how to enhance the visual presentation of content.

    Liza Sardi - Editor in Chief - 24h
  • He raised the bar for design at the paper and never failed to impress me with his passion.

    Aaron Jacklin - Editor in Chief - The Ontarion
  • His work speaks for itself. He continues to push the creative boundaries on all his projects.

    Chad Mueller - Creative Director - Projekt19
 

The Observer
24 Hours
The Globe and Mail
Vancouver Sun
The Province

Portfolio

Here are a few of my favourite pages. Check out my tumblr for a more complete archive.

They know you want it

They know you want it

Guess who’s buying the prairies

Guess who’s buying the prairies

What Drizzy did next

What Drizzy did next

Busting the bubble rap

Busting the bubble rap

Not about tuition

Not about tuition

Let’s drink

Let’s drink

Yeezus that’s good

Yeezus that’s good

Literary vacation

Literary vacation

Punk was always about the fashion

Punk was always about the fashion

The look

The look

Well versed

Well versed

Stefania’s choice

Stefania’s choice

Moveable feast

Moveable feast

Canada’s honour roll

Canada’s honour roll

The chopping block

The chopping block

Getting down to business

Getting down to business

Play by play

Play by play

Making waves

Making waves

Backcountry

Backcountry

Starting lineup

Starting lineup

Biogas energy

Biogas energy

Ramp it up

Ramp it up

Kings rout Guelph to avenge loss

Kings rout Guelph to avenge loss

Awards & Recognition

Award of Merit for
Remembrance Day” front page

Advertising & Design Club of Canada

 

Award of Excellence for “Remembrance Day” front page

SND’s Best of Newspaper Design

 

Award of Excellence for
Order of Canada Recipients

SND’s Best of Newspaper Design

Finalist for “Best Website”

Canadian Online Publishing Awards

George Holmes Memorial Trophy
1st place for “Photo Illustration”

Canadian Community Newspaper Association

 
1st place for “Best Community Newspaper Website”

Ontario Community Newspaper Association

1st place for “Best Community Newspaper Website”

Ontario Community Newspaper Association

 
2nd place for “Surfer’s Selection”

Ontario Community Newspaper Association