About the speaker
Matthew Blackett is the publisher, creative director and one of the founders of Spacing magazine. As publisher, Blackett has helped shape the magazine into one of Canada’s top small magazines: Blackett was named Editor of the Year for 2007 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and Spacing has been named Canadian Small Magazine of the Year on four occasions in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2014.
Blackett is the co-recipient of the 2010 Jane Jacobs Prize for “contributing to the fabric of Toronto life in a unique way… that has become a part of our shared urban experience.” He also was a member of the Toronto Transit Commission’s blue ribbon Customer Service Advisory Panel in the spring and summer of 2010. He also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his “service to the country.”
Matthew was also awarded a 2007 Canadian Urban Leadership Award for “City Soul” by the Canadian Urban Institute for his part in creating Spacing. Under Blackett’s artistic direction, the magazine has also been awarded international design awards for its layout, photography and TTC-inspired subway station buttons.
From 2004 to 2006, Blackett was a member of Toronto’s Roundtable on a Clean and Beautiful City, a citizen advisory committee to Mayor David Miller. From 2006 to 2009 Matthew was a member of the board of directors for The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Matthew was a citizen member of the City of Toronto’s Pedestrian Committee from 2006 to 2010, and has been a member of the board of directors of The Friends of Fort York since 2007.
Since 2003, Blackett has also worked as a freelance graphic designer and communications strategist for a variety of organizations such as The Metcalf Foundation, University of Toronto Cities Centre, Sierra Club of Canada, Conservation Council of Ontario, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Toronto Transit Commission and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Matthew taught publication design to journalism students at Humber College in Toronto from 2004-2008.
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I was one of the few people that knew how to use a Mac and I was also one of the few people who actually knew anything about Quark Express. Who here is a Quark Express Expert? — Matthew Blackett
The thing that started to set us apart as a magazine was that we started to produce merchandise. — Matthew Blackett
We took photo bloggers off the internet and into the gallery. That rarely ever happened at that time. — Matthew Blackett
Once I started Spacing I actually started to hit my stride as someone who was designing and being an artist and being creative with the city. — Matthew Blackett
I found myself having to look for making a living off of freelance work... maybe I should be clear they actually fired me. — Matthew Blackett