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I’m in deadline hell, so enjoy this post of mostly pictures

Weinberg, the magazine of Northwestern University’s college of arts and sciences, just completed a long-overdue redesign. The magazine formerly known as Crosscurrents had not revamped in 14 years, according to editor Rebecca Lindell. Out with the old:

Crosscurrents-2012-2013  Crosscurrents-2012

In with the new:

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I am a type nerd, so I’m particularly taken with some of what Landesberg Design (which has worked on DickinsonPittLaw, and Oberlin, as well)  is doing with typography:



I particularly like this spread, with the type sinking below the watery horizon:



sttcoverThe eponymous St. Thomas (Brian C. Brown, editor) stole a bit from Denison by starting the cover story on the first inside spread. That story pertains to the odd fact—maybe it’s not statistically odd, but still…—that St. Thomas currently has 32 sets of twins enrolled as undergraduates.


Art director Sara Klomp cleverly carried the pairing theme throughout the magazine’s photography. (I apologize for the crooked scan below. I told you I was in deadline hell.):




Finally , just when I thought I might have seen my last word cloud:


I detest word clouds. But the more I studied Georgetown Law‘s cover, the more clever it became. Take a minute and look at how the type elements are paired. The basic device is a cliche, but I still like this as a cover. Anne Cassidy edits, Brent Futrell directs the design.


Remember when I referred to my three-part strategy for posting to UMagazinology despite deadline hell? Strategy One was cut and paste an insight from somebody else for elaboration. Stategy Two was just outsource the whole post—thank you, Paul Dempsey! Strategy Three—monopolize the office scanner to post visuals and let the images do the talking! Let’s begin, shall we?

Clever new covers from NYU Alumni Magazine and Middlebury Magazine.

I feel certain that were Johns Hopkins Magazine to run Middlebury‘s cover, we would get at least one letter complaining about the hand containing three Obama cards and only two Romney cards. Probably from the same guy who sent us a huffy note a few years ago when editor Catherine Pierre referred to Gloria Steinem as “still beautiful.”

Next, a pair of cover portraits of attractive women that seem much different to me. College of Charleston Magazine has a great cover shot of boxer Lucia McKelvey. I especially love the pink boxing gloves. I’m less enamored of the cover of Georgetown Law. The magazine always has a cover portrait of a Georgetown law school person looking all lawyerly. Visually unexciting, but appropriate. This time the magazine opted for a portrait of Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. The fighter McKelvey is subject of a substantial feature profile inside Charleston. There is no cover story on Guthrie, per se—you have to page through all the way to the back cover before you come to a few hundred words of editorial content pertaining to her—which to me makes the Georgetown Law cover feel gratuitously babe-ish.

I am rarely in favor of smiling-subject-facing-the-camera covers, but is this Sarah Lawrence cover not the best? (Photo by Don Hamerman.)

Apparently great Wisconsin minds think alike. First, from the new issue of On Wisconsin, a feature spread on something called Little Free Libraries.

Then, in Beloit College Magazine, a feature spread on . . . Little Free Libraries.

Finally, I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Cute animals are cheating. But look at this guy’s face. What’s not to love? From Portland.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. UMagazinology should resume some semblance of normal publication next week.

UMag inbox—The White Album

Hi there. Were you to look, you would note that this is the first post to UMagazinology since September 22. There is good reason for that. September 22 is also the date that my 90-year-old father, who lives by himself 500 miles away in Cincinnati, fell and broke his hip. A few days later, Johns Hopkins Magazine editor Catherine Pierre gave birth to her second child (welcome to the world, Baby Olive), which meant I became interim editor of the magazine. So, shuttling back and forth to Ohio, working to care for my pop, and taking the helm of the magazine have left me more than a little dazed and confused. To work in a gratuitous Led Zeppelin reference.

Meanwhile, all of you just kept churning out magazines, damn you, creating a dangerously canted stack of neglected issues on my desk. Really, you might have been more considerate.

A quick sift of those issues reveals that the autumn of 2011 may go down in the annals of alumni magazine publishing as The Time of the White Cover. You’ve got Auburn Magazine:

You’ve got Georgetown Law:

And Rochester Review:

Plus Smith Alumnae Quarterly:

A few words about those last two. First, Rochester. Around the friendly confines of Hopkins Magazine, we like to say, “Babies are cheating.” That is, putting an infant cutie on your cover is just way too easy. C’mon, where’s the challenge? On the other hand, just look at that kid. Hell, I want to hug the magazine, much less the child. But—and I’m looking at you, editor Scott Hauser—Rochester Review really did cheat by posting four alternate covers online. Totally shameless. I would never resort to such a ploy on, say, an alumni magazine blog.

Go ahead, click on the tykes to see larger cover images. I’ll wait. (The children, by the way, are fraternal twins Oliver and Clara Bender, age 11 months.)

Regarding Smith, editor John MacMillan’s latest offering shows off the magazine’s design overhaul. The most striking change is to the cover, as you can see (that’s the last of the old design, at right). The design of the inside pages opens them up with a bit more white space and some new type treatments, but is not a radical departure from what the magazine had been doing. MacMillan has had some out-of-town responsibilities in the last day or so and could not respond to questions about his magazine’s new look, but he can add comments next week, particularly about how budget cuts factored into the redesign.


My god, it has spread to Middlebury:

And more! Williams:

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Four new titles showed up in the UMagazinology inbox last week:

Georgetown Law features a story by Ann W. Marks on the importance of interdisciplinary study in law school. It opens: “As Professor Robin West likes to tell students in the Law and Humanities seminar that she teaches in the fall, elite lawyers living in Thomas Jefferson’s time had to read a lot more than cases and statutes in order to be considered intellectually astute. To train in law then meant that you had to become a man of letters, someone who was completely familiar with the knowledge and wisdom that existed at the time.” A story by Anne Cassidy on bioethics and the law includes this quote from professor Patricia King: “Is it ethical to use parental genetic diagnoses to create a donor sibling? What would [Immanuel] Kant say?” (One imagines Kant saying, “You want to do what?”)

From Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida comes the Spring 2010 issue of PHCC Perspective with news of two new PHCC campuses opening soon. Apparently business is good.

The May/June Penn Stater has eight pages of remarkable photographs by alum Ted Anthony, remarkable because they were all shot with an iPhone. Further proof that the most important piece of camera gear is the photographer. And former staffer Mo Harmon, making good use of all that free time she has when she’s not being a mom and editing Denison, contributes a feature on dancer Barbara Weisberg, the founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Finally, Harvard Magazine put libraries, as in the future of, on its cover. Feature stories include a piece by Jay Lorsch and Rakesh Khurana on a new paradigm for executive compensation (how ’bout we start with half what they make now?), Jonathan Shaw’s cover story “Gutenberg 2.0,” about Harvard’s library and disruptive technological change, and a story on the emerging science of networks by Elizabeth Gudrais.