Rice Magazine: New issue, new look

The Spring 2019 issue of Rice Magazine features a new design.

The Spring 2019 issue of Rice Magazine features a new design.

You might not recognize the latest issue of Rice Magazine.

Just over a year ago, the Rice Magazine staff began the process of reimagining the design and editorial structure of the publication, with an emphasis on capturing “the vibrancy of today’s student learning environment, the curiosity that drives our faculty’s research and creative pursuits, and the always interesting lives of Rice alumni,” wrote senior editor Lynn Gosnell. The staff considered information gleaned from a reader survey and discussions with students, faculty, staff and alumni, and placed an emphasis on the goals of Rice’s Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade in shaping the editorial strategy.

The result is a simplified structure, Gosnell said. Sallyport covers campus news and student life; Wisdom highlights innovation in the classroom, the lab and the field, including the growing opportunities for experiential and inquiry-based learning; and Alumni gathers profiles, books and stories about Rice’s history and traditions, as well as a sampling of Owlmanac’s Classnotes.

In addition, the new design includes a feature story that starts on the cover. The first is a look at Natasha Bowdoin’s “Sideways to the Sun” exhibit at the Moody Center for the Arts.

The redesign was led by Rice Magazine art director Alese Pickering. Zehno Cross Media Communications, a creative firm specializing in higher education magazines, served as a partner and coach.

In addition to Bowdin’s artwork, the Spring 2019 issue explores human creativity, efforts to slow the evolution of antibiotic resistance and much more. To read it and past issues, visit magazine.rice.edu.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.