Graham F. Scott

I live in Toronto and read a lot. I write, edit, and make websites for fun and profit.

Likes: magazines, progressive politics, non-profit media, contemporary art, bread, typography, css, Instapaper, sustainability, colourful 19th century robber-barons, microbreweries.

Dislikes: talking on the phone, standing on escalators.


Create a dark mode with CSS Variables

CSS custom properties make it trivial to add multiple colour schemes to your project. Here’s a simple way to toggle dark mode with three lines of Javascript.

Getting Cron jobs to actually run

For years my Cron jobs wouldn’t run because I was misconfiguring my Crontab commands. Maybe you’re having the same problem.


Ways to find me, in descending order of usefulness:



As of December 2018 I work as a content strategist at Shopify, primarily focused on the app development ecosystem and developer-facing documentation.


From May 2012 to June 2018 I worked at Rogers Publishing in several editorial roles, including projects for Canadian Business, Maclean’s and MoneySense. I started in traditional print editorial but over time shifted into digital roles, including app development.

From August 2008 to December 2011, I edited This Magazine, Canada’s premier magazine of progressive politics, culture, and ideas. Named small Magazine of the Year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors three years running, a five-time gold winner in the small-circ category of the Canadian Newsstand Awards, and called “the best Canadian magazine you’ve never read” by the United Church Observer. I received an honourable mention from the Professional Writers' Association of Canada in their 2011 Editor of the Year Awards.

Before that, I was an associate editor at Canadian Business magazine, Assistant Editor of Precedent, News Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of The Varsity, and a freelance writer with contributions to Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, U of T Magazine, and more.

Here are a few somewhat representative clippings from the last few years:


I teach The Online Publishing Toolkit in the Magazine and Web Publishing program at Ryerson University's Chang School of Continuing Education. The course is new for January 2013 and is aimed at magazine professionals who want to better understand some of the technologies that underlie current trends in digital publishing.


Increasingly people want websites instead of magazine articles, and I can live with that. I specialize in built-to-order Wordpress sites.


I dabble in PHP and Javascript. I am obviously a mere script kiddie, so these are strictly experiments.


I’ve made a few presentations recently on magazine-related topics.


Wonderful people, in no particular order:


Maybe of interest, maybe not.