Magazine Publishing Improvement

Judges' Report

46 Entries

Gold Award

Furman University (SC) - Furman University Magazine (Before/After)


  • Furman magazine had become a somewhat musty affair -- hidebound, internal, and flat. There was no real cultural identity to it, no visual verve, and the subjects had become safe. By safe, I mean agenda-driven, guided by boosterism, and fairly timid. There was a sense that something should be done, but neither the vision nor the leadership was present to take the magazine to a different level. The hiring of a new editor precipitated the transformation, and his vision was to create a newsstand publication whose substance and dynamism emanated from Furman, but whose value and insights extended beyond it. 

Silver Awards

Bentley University (MA) -  Bentley University Magazine  (Before/After)


  • The 58-year-old magazine needed a design and editorial rebuild to align with the university's new branding. The institution wanted a more modern and cutting edge feel, to reflect the changes happening across the campus and in the publishing industry as a whole. 

Purdue University (IN) - Purdue Alumnus  (Before/After)


  • Since the last redesign in 2008, the goal of presenting timely information has become more challenging with social media and availability of online news. Redesign goals for the magazine included an update the look and structure of the magazine, more original content, increased opportunities for reader engagement, featuring more thought-provoking content
    and utilizing more dynamic photography and illustrations.

Bronze Awards

New York University (NY) - New York University Alumni Magazine  (Before/After)


  • The biggest need for the redesign was to enable the institution to showcase all 22 of NYU's schools and institutes in every issue, without compromising the quality of the writing.

The University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) - Connect - Linking Nottingham alumni around the world  (Before/After)


  • The University of Nottingham had been producing an alumni magazine twice a year, consistently for a number of years. It followed a tried and tested format - but unfortunately, it had become tired and predictable. The redesign resulted in a completely new publication - produced in both an offline and online format.