The Critic

The Critic magazine is a new monthly magazine reviewing politics, ideas, art, literature and more. Designed to spark debate. Powered by Standfirst for Web.

The Challenge

The Critic is a new political magazine. With a short lead time, they required a website to support the launch of the print publication. The editorial team wanted a flexible, powerful and easy to use workflow.

The Solution

We used our Standfirst for Web platform to provide a framework to allow us to quickly design and build a site that fitted the look and feel of the title. All well within budget and ahead of the launch.


A completely new title, we were given access to early iterations of the print design, to influence design direction. We worked closely with the team to develop a look and feel to their online presence that represented the fledgling publication, but also offered flexibility for future development.

Editorial tools

Standfirst for Web provides The Critic with powerful, out of the box, publishing tools. Developed after many years working with online and print publishers, the client hit the ground running, quickly amassing a large amount of online content in a short time. 


The Critic’s strategy was to build a following via the power of social media, therefore being able to withstand content going viral was essential. Standfirst for Web fully harnesses the power of cloud computing. This allows all sites powered by Standfirst for Web to scale up instantly and withstand the pressure of thousands of people looking at your content at once. It does this in a blink of an eye, meaning you never lose any eyes on your site.

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