You’re going to notice a few changes on the University Affairs website come next Monday, Jan. 11. The most obvious changes will be to the University Affairs‘ logo, or nameplate, up at the top of the page, as well as a new colour pallet from blues and greens to a vibrant red.
The other big change you’ll notice is the addition of a daily news scan on the home page, with links to stories from that day relating to postsecondary education. It’s a service that we think will be very useful for our readers.
Aside from the media scan, these changes are admittedly mainly cosmetic, but they were necessary because of another very exciting change: we have completely redesigned the print version of University Affairs, starting with the February 2010 issue, and so we wanted the look of the website to reflect that of the redesigned print magazine. (The February print issue will begin arriving on campuses next week.)
In this day and age, when all about us we hear lamentations on the death of print, we’re pleased to be investing more time and energy to our print publication. We believe University Affairs is a must-read for those within the university community, and we think that the redesign will make it a more pleasant read as well. The redesign was handled by Underline Studio, a fabulous up-and-coming design firm in Toronto that also does the art direction and design for U of T Magazine.
Just a reminder that if you work or study at a Canadian university and have a university mailing address, you are eligible to receive the print issue of University Affairs for free.
What won’t change on the website is the basic navigation and architecture of our site, designed by Toronto firm ecentricarts. We remind readers that University Affairs was a finalist last fall in the categories of overall best magazine website and overall best design in the inaugural Canadian Online Publishing Awards, so we’re delighted to continue with what we’re doing.
Your views on the new design, print and online, are welcome.