This 50th anniversary commemoration of World War II was the first editorial product created completely digitally in The West Australian.

I was The West’s design and graphics editor at the time and I designed, subbed and oversaw every aspect of this liftout’s publication at a time when pages were still composited by hand and phototypeset. The paper’s printers were wary about this new development and vetoed the publication of any more publications created entirely by editorial staff.

I did this in Quark 3.0 (even locking the type to a baseline grid – unheard of at that time) and Photoshop and still regard it as a high point in my career.

A sister publication to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) was not allowed to be produced digitally because the printers created a demarcation issue. It was to be two frustrating years before journalists were able to take control of editorial digital production.

Both covers were designed by the very talented Colin Poad, who at the time was working as my deputy. He took over as design editor after I moved on.