We Can Tell the Magazine is Out…
First of all, no, that’s not a black box you see on the left. It’s the cover of our new January-February issue. There actually is text in there—really! The cover doesn’t render very well on screen, and it looks even worse after the blog software gets done compressing it. If you click on the image at left, you can see a much bigger and more accurate representation.
Even so, it’s definitely a dark cover, and a decidedly unusual one for us, with the masthead letters piled up at the bottom and all that. We realize that you’ll either love it or hate it. And already we’re hearing opinions about it, ranging from “I am impressed by this cover decision. Stunning” to “Seeing the cover … further plummeted me into despair! How is a cover like that moving PSU forward?!”
We might ask our art director, Carole Otypka, to talk more about the cover design in a blog post sometime.
In the meantime, readers are also commenting on what’s inside the issue, and those reactions, too, span the continuum from enthusiastic appreciation (“I already feel better about my beloved Alma Mater. What a wonderful collection of words from people who have been affected by the darkest days”) to passionate disapproval (“I found the latest edition … an ill-conceived idea and equally horrifying to read. Every page made me shake more with anger. How dare you attempt to assuage alumni with pandering articles and quotations”).
To us, the number and variety of reactions is a good thing. It means readers care, and it shows that there’s a wide range of opinions out there. Please keep the comments coming. Feel free to use the “Leave a reply” box after this post, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Tina Hay, editor