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By now, I hope you’re enjoying the new and hopefully improved look of the Winter 2009 issue of the magazine. The design has undergone a much-anticipated (at least from my perspective) makeover, with cover boy (and former ACU classmate) Lance Barrow as the headliner. This blog will be getting a corresponding facelift this summer to better reflect the new look of the magazine.
I particularly like the inclusion of the two Horizons spreads on pages 2-5, which allow us to use a dramatic image on each to help tell a story. Horizons is a nod to ACU Today’s forerunner, an award-winning magazine from the 1960s and early 1970s that was a national pacesetter as a university think-piece containing campus news, great writing and compelling photography.
Among other new wrinkles: Alumni Newsmakers in the EXperiences section to allow us to spotlight those, well, making news in different ways; InnovativeACU, a sidebar in the News section to highlight programs and initiatives as examples of forward-thinking; an expansion of Hilltop View to two pages; a true This Issue table of contents-type spread at the first opening featuring interesting photography as well as Dr. Money’s From the President message; typography improvements; color palette modifications; and, in general, a fresh look we think you will find inviting.
And if all you notice is a dramatically new cover design, that’s OK, too!
Our new year’s resolution is to make this blog a great place to visit regularly to learn more about ACU, with extra content we’d never have room to include in each issue but would like to share with you anyway. We are blessed with talented writers and photographers who contribute to each issue, and we’d like you to read and see more of their handiwork.
Work on the Summer 2009 issue is underway. We’ll share plans for it with you soon.