APEX Award Winners
APEX Award Winners
See all 2017 Award Winners!

See all 2017
Award Winners!

2017 Grand Award Winners
The APEX Awards attract many outstanding entries. Of the close to 1,400 entries in APEX 2017, just 100 Grand Award Winners were selected. Judges' comments for many of the 100 Grand Award-winning entries will soon be shown here.*
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Newsletters
Bill O'Brien
The Long Distance Hiker
Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association

“This is quite a remarkable newsletter. It radiates enthusiasm for the subject matter -- long distance hiking -- and is packed with lengthy, in-depth feature articles, superb illustrations (including some very functional maps) and very appealing photography. Layout is simple, clean and functional, with very readable typography. After reading the issue, you want to put on a pair of hiking boots.”
Gail Goolgasian, Kathy Raborn, Brian Lydon
Merrill Lynch myFuture
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

“The 2016 full-scale redesign featured a streamlined, mobile-responsive experience across devices, unique pop-up infographics on the four main areas of the home page and a bold design with simplified content and engagement. The improvements transformed the site into an information hub for subscribers to access other content on the Merrill Lynch network. The results confirmed an expanded user base with improved engagement per visit.”
Anita Sama
CEO Update - March 4, 2016
CEO Update

This is one superb newsletter -- full of carefully chosen, thoroughly researched and crisply written news, features and shorts. Despite the need to pack a lot of copy into a limited number of pages, the layout manages to be clean, contemporary and very readable, with legible typography and an attractive use of photos and illustrations. There's no room for white space, but that layout luxury is not missed. CEO Update's nameplate promises to be 'the source for association news and executive careers' and delivers on that promise with an editorial focus precisely targeted to the field. It's a first-rate newsletter and a 'must read' for association executives and CEOs.
Ric Edelman
Inside Personal Finance - December 2016
Edelman Financial Services

"A clean, simple, lively design showcases a lot of high quality, usable financial information. Tightly written features with nicely 'chunked' copy and plenty of sidebars convey lots of actionable advice on a wide range of topics -- including the latest financial news. A first-rate publication, well worth a subscription."
Newsletters
Bill O'Brien
The Long Distance Hiker
Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association

“This is quite a remarkable newsletter. It radiates enthusiasm for the subject matter -- long distance hiking -- and is packed with lengthy, in-depth feature articles, superb illustrations (including some very functional maps) and very appealing photography. Layout is simple, clean and functional, with very readable typography. After reading the issue, you want to put on a pair of hiking boots.”
Gail Goolgasian, Kathy Raborn, Brian Lydon
Merrill Lynch myFuture
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

“The 2016 full-scale redesign featured a streamlined, mobile-responsive experience across devices, unique pop-up infographics on the four main areas of the home page and a bold design with simplified content and engagement. The improvements transformed the site into an information hub for subscribers to access other content on the Merrill Lynch network. The results confirmed an expanded user base with improved engagement per visit.”
Anita Sama
CEO Update - March 4, 2016
CEO Update

This is one superb newsletter -- full of carefully chosen, thoroughly researched and crisply written news, features and shorts. Despite the need to pack a lot of copy into a limited number of pages, the layout manages to be clean, contemporary and very readable, with legible typography and an attractive use of photos and illustrations. There's no room for white space, but that layout luxury is not missed. CEO Update's nameplate promises to be 'the source for association news and executive careers' and delivers on that promise with an editorial focus precisely targeted to the field. It's a first-rate newsletter and a 'must read' for association executives and CEOs.
Ric Edelman
Inside Personal Finance - December 2016
Edelman Financial Services

"A clean, simple, lively design showcases a lot of high quality, usable financial information. Tightly written features with nicely 'chunked' copy and plenty of sidebars convey lots of actionable advice on a wide range of topics -- including the latest financial news. A first-rate publication, well worth a subscription."
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Magzines, Journals & Tabloids
Mark Matthews, Nicola Nittoli
Prism Magazine - January 2016
American Society for Engineering Education

“This magazine for engineering professionals features an elegant, contemporary form, with crisp, clean spreads and appealing visuals and typography -- all of which set the stage for some very well written, thought-provoking feature articles and shorts. The package is much more than the sum of its parts. A first class effort.
Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children
Association for Library Service to Children/American Library Association

“Who knew there was such a thing as a ‘wordless’ book? But there is, and, apparently, they’re an excellent aid for visual storytelling -- and not just for children. The visuals in this journal are excellent, but the copy shines, with superb, well researched and very well presented features, each a resource in itself for librarians working with children. A valuable resource for professionals in the field.”

Mary Koik, Jeff Griffith, Jim Campi
Hallowed Ground - Summer 2016
Civil War Trust

"A superb magazine, Hallowed Ground offers and exceptional overview of the Civil War Trust's unique efforts to preserve the history of America's battlefields. Copywriting is crisp, with interesting features and quick-reading shorts, while the photos and photo spreads are simply stunning. It is a publication rich in both content and visuals."

Rebekah Hanover Pettit, Rebecca Aloisi
Mount Vernon Magazine - Spring 2016
George Washington's Mount Vernon

"It's a rare magazine which makes its entire focus the life and character of on person -- even if it becomes '...the singular story of the father of our country', George Washington. The magazine is beautifully designed, with striking spreads, top-drawer photography, both current and archival, and typography that blends both a classic and a contemporary look. The content offers exceptional, well-researched features, not least a fascinating look at how Washington defused a potential officers' coup, and a conversation with noted author Rick Atkinson on the parallels between our revolutionary and current history. A first-rate effort."

Kathleen Osborne and the Communication Staff
HB Magazine
Hathaway Brown School

"With a political convention coming to town, in a historic Presidential election year, this issue offers an in-depth look at how Hathaway Brown students and faculty members used the election campaigns to more fully understand the American political process. Copywriting was classy -- evenhanded, objective and interesting. Hathaway Brown was the only secondary school in the country to secure media credentials to cover the Republican National Convention and related events. The features did a first rate job of capturing the students' excitement at participating in the news coverage, while also doing a first rate job of involving readers in the process. Very clever use of a current topic to create an issue theme."
Kathy Pretz, Monica Rozenfeld, Amanda Davis
Special Issue: The State of Engineering Education
IEEE The Institute

"A clean, attractive, professional layout begins with a striking cover design and follows through with interesting, readable spreads. Copywriting is first rate, as readers are treated to well researched and written, thought-provoking features on leading edge topics in the field. A top-level effort."

Jordan Maddex, Samantha Finken
SOAR Magazine
Jet Linx Aviation

“This luxury lifestyle publication is, remarkably, produced in-house by a team of two, responsible for editorial direction, creation of all content and creative design. The book is oversized, highly visual and produced with a high-gloss cover to attract attention and play alongside other national luxury lifestyle publications. Debuted as a 44-page magazine, recent issues are now exceeding 130 pages. Stories from the magazine are repurposed on the company blog, building numerous pages of unique content for SEO optimization. Well done!”
Bill Winter, Alix Hackett, Brian Messenger
Perkins Perspectives Magazine
Perkins School for the Blind

“Featuring a number of articles describing the achievements of the visually impaired in a wide-ranging array of activities from sports to education to community involvement, this magazine provides an inspiring look at how determination can overcome physical difficulty. The featured story on a bold new social change campaign -- #BlindNewWorld – is a must read.”

Truth in danger, danger in truth: Journalists under fire and under pressure
SAGE Publishing

“Here’s a vitally important and extremely relevant presentation of why the public’s access to information is coming under threat as well as how journalists are experiencing an increasing number of threats. Dealing with such serious worldwide issues as covering war zones, protecting sources in an era of mass surveillance, life as a reporter in Syria and how journalists are dealing with accusations that they threaten national security, the Index on Censorship’s 250th issue tackles these professionally and thoroughly.”

E. Thomas Hall
SkillsUSA Champions
SkillsUSA

“Launched in 2016, and comprised of five staff members who do all the writing and design, this digital publication can be easily read on all devices and includes more interactive elements. This is an organization of students and teachers who are committed to helping students become world-class workers and leaders, and the digital publication is vibrant, modern and now the face of the organization.”

The Johnnie Walker House Edit / Volume 05 
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

“This incredibly designed custom-published magazine presents a theme entitled ‘Black and White.’ It proceeds to present a layered approach to each of the articles to give them a depth that is both introspective and informative. Unique articles on Norway’s extreme climate: 24-hour sunlight to 24-hour darkness … the renaissance of print (yes!) … the eternal appeal of black outfits… and surreal monochromatic underwater photography captivate the reader.”
SilverKris - October 2016
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

“The words are ‘colorful’ and ‘elegant.’ Every page of this magazine – even the ads – scream out vivacity with striking photos and illustrations. Even the yellow ‘hilighted’ copy appears appropriately and is attention-getting, but not too overwhelming. This is a magazine you will want to page through time and time again.”

INSIDE 2016/2017
ThinkFarm Pte Ltd

“Here’s an alarming array (over 100 articles!) of healthcare, wellness, living, travel and legal advice. Topics range from how to deal with home emergencies and making your home safe for elderly loved ones to the healthiest varieties of rice and features on DIY vacations. This magazine promises to take you through two years with useful, relevant and engaging content. Read a little at a time or pore over it from cover to cover on a rainy day!”

Dr. Simon Helfgott, Keri Losavio, Liliana Estep
The Rheumatologist - March 2016
Wiley

“While numerous medical publications are informative and provide new insights into patient care, this one does so with appealing graphics and simple but effective editorial. This issue covered several topics pertinent to rheumatologists and rheumatology professionals, providing valuable guidance in practice management, concise reporting of practical clinical reviews, discussions of current research and legislative actions and updates in academic rheumatology. An essential read for medical professionals in this field.”

Magzines, Journals & Tabloids
Mark Matthews, Nicola Nittoli
Prism Magazine - January 2016
American Society for Engineering Education

“This magazine for engineering professionals features an elegant, contemporary form, with crisp, clean spreads and appealing visuals and typography -- all of which set the stage for some very well written, thought-provoking feature articles and shorts. The package is much more than the sum of its parts. A first class effort.
Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children
Association for Library Service to Children/American Library Association

“Who knew there was such a thing as a ‘wordless’ book? But there is, and, apparently, they’re an excellent aid for visual storytelling -- and not just for children. The visuals in this journal are excellent, but the copy shines, with superb, well researched and very well presented features, each a resource in itself for librarians working with children. A valuable resource for professionals in the field.”

Mary Koik, Jeff Griffith, Jim Campi
Hallowed Ground - Summer 2016
Civil War Trust

"A superb magazine, Hallowed Ground offers and exceptional overview of the Civil War Trust's unique efforts to preserve the history of America's battlefields. Copywriting is crisp, with interesting features and quick-reading shorts, while the photos and photo spreads are simply stunning. It is a publication rich in both content and visuals."

Rebekah Hanover Pettit, Rebecca Aloisi
Mount Vernon Magazine - Spring 2016
George Washington's Mount Vernon

"It's a rare magazine which makes its entire focus the life and character of on person -- even if it becomes '...the singular story of the father of our country', George Washington. The magazine is beautifully designed, with striking spreads, top-drawer photography, both current and archival, and typography that blends both a classic and a contemporary look. The content offers exceptional, well-researched features, not least a fascinating look at how Washington defused a potential officers' coup, and a conversation with noted author Rick Atkinson on the parallels between our revolutionary and current history. A first-rate effort."

Kathleen Osborne and the Communication Staff
HB Magazine
Hathaway Brown School

"With a political convention coming to town, in a historic Presidential election year, this issue offers an in-depth look at how Hathaway Brown students and faculty members used the election campaigns to more fully understand the American political process. Copywriting was classy -- evenhanded, objective and interesting. Hathaway Brown was the only secondary school in the country to secure media credentials to cover the Republican National Convention and related events. The features did a first rate job of capturing the students' excitement at participating in the news coverage, while also doing a first rate job of involving readers in the process. Very clever use of a current topic to create an issue theme."
Kathy Pretz, Monica Rozenfeld, Amanda Davis
Special Issue: The State of Engineering Education
IEEE The Institute

"A clean, attractive, professional layout begins with a striking cover design and follows through with interesting, readable spreads. Copywriting is first rate, as readers are treated to well researched and written, thought-provoking features on leading edge topics in the field. A top-level effort."

Jordan Maddex, Samantha Finken
SOAR Magazine
Jet Linx Aviation

“This luxury lifestyle publication is, remarkably, produced in-house by a team of two, responsible for editorial direction, creation of all content and creative design. The book is oversized, highly visual and produced with a high-gloss cover to attract attention and play alongside other national luxury lifestyle publications. Debuted as a 44-page magazine, recent issues are now exceeding 130 pages. Stories from the magazine are repurposed on the company blog, building numerous pages of unique content for SEO optimization. Well done!”
Bill Winter, Alix Hackett, Brian Messenger
Perkins Perspectives Magazine
Perkins School for the Blind

“Featuring a number of articles describing the achievements of the visually impaired in a wide-ranging array of activities from sports to education to community involvement, this magazine provides an inspiring look at how determination can overcome physical difficulty. The featured story on a bold new social change campaign -- #BlindNewWorld – is a must read.”

Truth in danger, danger in truth: Journalists under fire and under pressure
SAGE Publishing

“Here’s a vitally important and extremely relevant presentation of why the public’s access to information is coming under threat as well as how journalists are experiencing an increasing number of threats. Dealing with such serious worldwide issues as covering war zones, protecting sources in an era of mass surveillance, life as a reporter in Syria and how journalists are dealing with accusations that they threaten national security, the Index on Censorship’s 250th issue tackles these professionally and thoroughly.”

E. Thomas Hall
SkillsUSA Champions
SkillsUSA

“Launched in 2016, and comprised of five staff members who do all the writing and design, this digital publication can be easily read on all devices and includes more interactive elements. This is an organization of students and teachers who are committed to helping students become world-class workers and leaders, and the digital publication is vibrant, modern and now the face of the organization.”

The Johnnie Walker House Edit / Volume 05 
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

“This incredibly designed custom-published magazine presents a theme entitled ‘Black and White.’ It proceeds to present a layered approach to each of the articles to give them a depth that is both introspective and informative. Unique articles on Norway’s extreme climate: 24-hour sunlight to 24-hour darkness … the renaissance of print (yes!) … the eternal appeal of black outfits… and surreal monochromatic underwater photography captivate the reader.”

SilverKris - October 2016
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

“The words are ‘colorful’ and ‘elegant.’ Every page of this magazine – even the ads – scream out vivacity with striking photos and illustrations. Even the yellow ‘hilighted’ copy appears appropriately and is attention-getting, but not too overwhelming. This is a magazine you will want to page through time and time again.”

INSIDE 2016/2017
ThinkFarm Pte Ltd

“Here’s an alarming array (over 100 articles!) of healthcare, wellness, living, travel and legal advice. Topics range from how to deal with home emergencies and making your home safe for elderly loved ones to the healthiest varieties of rice and features on DIY vacations. This magazine promises to take you through two years with useful, relevant and engaging content. Read a little at a time or pore over it from cover to cover on a rainy day!”

Dr. Simon Helfgott, Keri Losavio, Liliana Estep
The Rheumatologist - March 2016
Wiley

“While numerous medical publications are informative and provide new insights into patient care, this one does so with appealing graphics and simple but effective editorial. This issue covered several topics pertinent to rheumatologists and rheumatology professionals, providing valuable guidance in practice management, concise reporting of practical clinical reviews, discussions of current research and legislative actions and updates in academic rheumatology. An essential read for medical professionals in this field.”

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Annual Reports
Amy Green
Making an Impact: CAHEC at Work
CAHEC & Hyper Frontier

"You might not think that ...'a nonprofit regional tax credit equity syndicator located in…', well, anywhere, could create such an interesting, electronic annual report. But these folks know their business and they've conveyed it very, very well. This e-report has tremendous eye appeal, and tight, pared-down copy. Illustrations are nicely done, with attractive use of spot color pastels. The cover itself is interactive, with multiple data chunks competing for your attention. Mouse over each square and you're invited to learn more. Click and you meet a family and learn their story. Or watch an infographic 'fill in' the data. Annual reports can be dull affairs, but this one takes advantage of the electronic medium to deliver a very attention getting experience."

Marie Gettel-Gilmartin, Melissa Mora, Matt Anderson
CH2M Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report and Communications
CH2M

"This company sets its goals high -- water scarcity, climate resiliency, and sustainability. For itself and for its clients. They then set public targets, met or exceeded those targets, and explained their results in this excellent report with clear, persuasive text and ample use of visuals, callouts, and headlines to drive the points home. A top-notch effort."

Theo Fells, Crystal Herrmann, Howard Smith
IMF Annual Report Web Page
International Monetary Fund

"This visually appealing and very readable annual report takes full advantage of the electronic medium with liberal use of short videos, .pdf downloads, in seven languages, of course, and concise, nicely 'chunked' copy in layouts with generous white space and functional use of spot color. The annual report is quite extensive, but the navigation presents it a bit at a time, encouraging the reader to continue on. A lot of good information, clearly and invitingly presented.
Stephen Monroe
The Senior Care Acquisition Report, 21st Edition
Irving Levin Associates

“This report could easily be nicknamed the bible of the Senior Care industry. The most frequently referenced report on senior housing and care acquisition statistics available, it is the only report with details on all the publicly announced acquisitions during the year. However, what makes this report unique and award-winning is that it includes statistics on the private and confidential acquisitions along with confidential details on the public deals not available anywhere else. Comprehensive information is presented on the Nursing Facility Market, the Assisted and Independent Living Market and the Home Health Care and Hospice Market, just to name a few.”
2015/2016 Interactive Annual Report
Runnymede Healthcare Centre

“One of the most unique and cutting edge annual reports you’ll ever see. Created as a slide presentation with innovative motion-enhanced slides, this is one annual report that is far from a boring list of graphs, charts, tables and head shots. Achievements, goals and informative easy-to-read segments that detail community involvement and corporate sponsorships provide a full picture of the Runnymede’s performance far beyond the numbers.”

Annual Reports
Amy Green
Making an Impact: CAHEC at Work
CAHEC & Hyper Frontier

"You might not think that ...'a nonprofit regional tax credit equity syndicator located in…', well, anywhere, could create such an interesting, electronic annual report. But these folks know their business and they've conveyed it very, very well. This e-report has tremendous eye appeal, and tight, pared-down copy. Illustrations are nicely done, with attractive use of spot color pastels. The cover itself is interactive, with multiple data chunks competing for your attention. Mouse over each square and you're invited to learn more. Click and you meet a family and learn their story. Or watch an infographic 'fill in' the data. Annual reports can be dull affairs, but this one takes advantage of the electronic medium to deliver a very attention getting experience."

Marie Gettel-Gilmartin, Melissa Mora, Matt Anderson
CH2M Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report and Communications
CH2M

"This company sets its goals high -- water scarcity, climate resiliency, and sustainability. For itself and for its clients. They then set public targets, met or exceeded those targets, and explained their results in this excellent report with clear, persuasive text and ample use of visuals, callouts, and headlines to drive the points home. A top-notch effort."

Theo Fells, Crystal Herrmann, Howard Smith
IMF Annual Report Web Page
International Monetary Fund

"This visually appealing and very readable annual report takes full advantage of the electronic medium with liberal use of short videos, .pdf downloads, in seven languages, of course, and concise, nicely 'chunked' copy in layouts with generous white space and functional use of spot color. The annual report is quite extensive, but the navigation presents it a bit at a time, encouraging the reader to continue on. A lot of good information, clearly and invitingly presented.
Stephen Monroe
The Senior Care Acquisition Report, 21st Edition
Irving Levin Associates

“This report could easily be nicknamed the bible of the Senior Care industry. The most frequently referenced report on senior housing and care acquisition statistics available, it is the only report with details on all the publicly announced acquisitions during the year. However, what makes this report unique and award-winning is that it includes statistics on the private and confidential acquisitions along with confidential details on the public deals not available anywhere else. Comprehensive information is presented on the Nursing Facility Market, the Assisted and Independent Living Market and the Home Health Care and Hospice Market, just to name a few.”
2015/2016 Interactive Annual Report
Runnymede Healthcare Centre

“One of the most unique and cutting edge annual reports you’ll ever see. Created as a slide presentation with innovative motion-enhanced slides, this is one annual report that is far from a boring list of graphs, charts, tables and head shots. Achievements, goals and informative easy-to-read segments that detail community involvement and corporate sponsorships provide a full picture of the Runnymede’s performance far beyond the numbers.”

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Print Media
Marni Jameson
Downsizing the Family Home
AARP

"A powerful and compelling narrative, not just about the 'stuff' in your (and your parents') houses, but also the people in them. A very perceptive look at what to keep, what to let go, and why all this stuff is so important to us. Some chapters (How to Know When an Aging Parent Needs a New Home' and 'How to Know When It's Time' are worth the price of the book just by themselves." A very well written and very readable guide."

Breast Cancer Clear & Simple
American Cancer Society

"A very readable, uncluttered layout frames the thoroughly researched and systematically presented content. It's a tough subject, but one which this book deals with in a most effective manner."

Jennifer Calligan
Welcome Book
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

“Face it. Nobody looks forward to a hospital stay. The best that one can hope for is a successful outcome and a minimum of administrative confusion during the stay. That’s why this Welcome Book should be a requirement for every hospital. Floor maps … amenities … key phone numbers … online resources … visitor information …. all presented clearly and expertly. There’s no question that this book takes a stressful situation and eases it just a bit.”

Jennifer Sailer
Live, Work, Connect Brochure 
Evoke Idea Group

"Clean, simple, elegant. The design is crisp and very appealing. Spot color choices are excellent, the layout is uncluttered, and photos reinforce the copy's themes. A powerful message -- 'We're more than just a paper company...' -- clearly delivered.

Ford Product Team/Retailer Education & Training
Frontline - June/July 2016
Ford Motor Company

"Sales people are busy folks. They want to spend their time selling -- not reading product bulletins and sales tips. Enter Frontline. This is one fun-to-read magazine. It's also a very attractively designed, easy reading vehicle cleverly designed to reach its intended target -- the aforementioned Ford sales staff. It's hard not to be fully informed about the wide range of Ford's vehicles, options, and technologies after a read-through of this issue. Which is precisely the point -- and precisely the result."

Member Booklet - Taking Care of Your Future. Now.
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

"An exemplar of employee benefits communication. Pension information is presented in an exceptionally clear, concise, readable format and reinforced with functional illustrations that reinforce the content. Copy is carefully edited to present the information in the clearest, simplest possible manner. It would be hard to imagine that any employee would not have a complete grasp of his or her pension after reading and viewing this booklet. Simply outstanding."

Clinton Coleman
Morgan State University 2017 Calendar
Morgan State University

"The calendar is a time-honored if prosaic device, but one employed here to showcase not just a university, but the achievements of a civil right leader and a movement. Beautifully presented archival photography, with well researched, in-depth captions, take readers on a unique tour of history. The stories are compelling, the visuals dynamic, and the result is a first-rate presentation."

Katrina Holt, Beth Lowe, Ruth Barzel
Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles Handout Series
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

“Here is a thorough, easy-to use series addressing dental care for both children and adults that is a must-see for all families. Almost every topic related to dental care is addressed, with valuable information on every page and colorful photos and illustrations that help make this a pleasant read. This is a perfect ‘freebie’ series of handouts (in English and Spanish) for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children.”

Planning for Retirement 2016
New York State Department of Civil Service/NYSHIP

“Those looking ahead to retirement want all the information available in plain and simple language. The New York State Department of Civil Service had provided employees just that in a clear ‘Q & A’ format that lessens the mystery and confusion often surrounding this challenging topic. The 5-page section on Medicare alone makes this a keeper.”

Charlotte Stiverson
Nellie’s Walk
Oncology Nursing Society

“This is a heartwarming story about how a mother helps her daughter understand and cope with her mother’s cancer using the setting of a nature walk. It is a truly valuable book that takes this extremely difficult topic and enables the mother to personalize the process of dealing with cancer to her daughter. Should be required reading for any family going through this ordeal.”

BMW MC 2017 Enrollment Planner for Active Employees
The Segal Group

“Simple, concise, to-the-point and informative, this guide clearly presents all the options available to employees in a brightly illustrated format. Filled with FAQs and step-by-step bulleted lists, this is a valuable resource to hold on to well after benefit choices are made.”

Print Media
Marni Jameson
Downsizing the Family Home
AARP

"A powerful and compelling narrative, not just about the 'stuff' in your (and your parents') houses, but also the people in them. A very perceptive look at what to keep, what to let go, and why all this stuff is so important to us. Some chapters (How to Know When an Aging Parent Needs a New Home' and 'How to Know When It's Time' are worth the price of the book just by themselves." A very well written and very readable guide."

Breast Cancer Clear & Simple
American Cancer Society

"A very readable, uncluttered layout frames the thoroughly researched and systematically presented content. It's a tough subject, but one which this book deals with in a most effective manner."

Jennifer Calligan
Welcome Book
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

“Face it. Nobody looks forward to a hospital stay. The best that one can hope for is a successful outcome and a minimum of administrative confusion during the stay. That’s why this Welcome Book should be a requirement for every hospital. Floor maps … amenities … key phone numbers … online resources … visitor information …. all presented clearly and expertly. There’s no question that this book takes a stressful situation and eases it just a bit.”

Jennifer Sailer
Live, Work, Connect Brochure 
Evoke Idea Group

"Clean, simple, elegant. The design is crisp and very appealing. Spot color choices are excellent, the layout is uncluttered, and photos reinforce the copy's themes. A powerful message -- 'We're more than just a paper company...' -- clearly delivered.

Ford Product Team/Retailer Education & Training
Frontline - June/July 2016
Ford Motor Company

"Sales people are busy folks. They want to spend their time selling -- not reading product bulletins and sales tips. Enter Frontline. This is one fun-to-read magazine. It's also a very attractively designed, easy reading vehicle cleverly designed to reach its intended target -- the aforementioned Ford sales staff. It's hard not to be fully informed about the wide range of Ford's vehicles, options, and technologies after a read-through of this issue. Which is precisely the point -- and precisely the result."

Member Booklet - Taking Care of Your Future. Now.
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

"An exemplar of employee benefits communication. Pension information is presented in an exceptionally clear, concise, readable format and reinforced with functional illustrations that reinforce the content. Copy is carefully edited to present the information in the clearest, simplest possible manner. It would be hard to imagine that any employee would not have a complete grasp of his or her pension after reading and viewing this booklet. Simply outstanding."

Clinton Coleman
Morgan State University 2017 Calendar
Morgan State University

"The calendar is a time-honored if prosaic device, but one employed here to showcase not just a university, but the achievements of a civil right leader and a movement. Beautifully presented archival photography, with well researched, in-depth captions, take readers on a unique tour of history. The stories are compelling, the visuals dynamic, and the result is a first-rate presentation."

Katrina Holt, Beth Lowe, Ruth Barzel
Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles Handout Series
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

“Here is a thorough, easy-to use series addressing dental care for both children and adults that is a must-see for all families. Almost every topic related to dental care is addressed, with valuable information on every page and colorful photos and illustrations that help make this a pleasant read. This is a perfect ‘freebie’ series of handouts (in English and Spanish) for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children.”

Planning for Retirement 2016
New York State Department of Civil Service/NYSHIP

“Those looking ahead to retirement want all the information available in plain and simple language. The New York State Department of Civil Service had provided employees just that in a clear ‘Q & A’ format that lessens the mystery and confusion often surrounding this challenging topic. The 5-page section on Medicare alone makes this a keeper.”

Charlotte Stiverson
Nellie’s Walk
Oncology Nursing Society

“This is a heartwarming story about how a mother helps her daughter understand and cope with her mother’s cancer using the setting of a nature walk. It is a truly valuable book that takes this extremely difficult topic and enables the mother to personalize the process of dealing with cancer to her daughter. Should be required reading for any family going through this ordeal.”

BMW MC 2017 Enrollment Planner for Active Employees
The Segal Group

“Simple, concise, to-the-point and informative, this guide clearly presents all the options available to employees in a brightly illustrated format. Filled with FAQs and step-by-step bulleted lists, this is a valuable resource to hold on to well after benefit choices are made.”

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Electronic Media
Ben Rome, Sue Marchese, 
Simeon Cogswell, Contractor
AIHA IH Professional Pathways Profiles
AIHA

"Very eye catching, very appealing, and very much 'tuned in' to its target audience. It's not easy to make a technical profession like industrial hygiene look interesting or exciting, but they've managed it here. From the headline -- Protecting Worker Health -- to the focus on case studies portraying interns and early/mid/senior career professionals, the copy is informative, with reinforcement from the very well illustrated, and oh so multicultural, scenes. It's an exceptionally well-done electronic booklet."

Robert Pace
ASHG 2016 Annual Meeting Online Exhibitor Prospectus
Allen Wayne

“Very effective infographics make detailed information easily and quickly understood. A very well thought out prospectus. Typically, a prospectus advertising exhibit booth space is a somewhat dry document, but this one actually is interesting, and a quick read — which is precisely what you’d want in your marketing effort.”

Stefani Roth, Julie Huggins
ASCD myTeachSource
ASCD

“Videos, articles, reproducibles -- they’re all here, in an easily accessible online format. Add themed ‘topic packs’ each month, and you have a truly comprehensive resource. Each topic pack is packed with a rich array of media, all offering practical strategies and ideas for classroom use. An absolutely first-rate online reference library for teachers.”

David Owen
Active Shooter Denied
Cobb County School District, Office of Communications

“A grim topic, but an extremely well researched, well scripted and clearly presented training video.  If the worst happens, you'll know what to do.  First rate.”

Lisa Tossey, Christopher Petrone, Rosa Leon-Zayas
Project VIDEO: Virtual, Interactive Dark Energy Outreach
Delaware Sea Grant/University of Delaware

“Created to offer evergreen, widely sharable science content on deep biosphere topics using videos, social media, and virtual reality, this program can be embedded on web pages, used in presentations and classroom lessons and shared via social media. It uses innovative “15 Second Science” videos supported by related “Dive Deeper” videos for viewers interested in further investigation of the topics. Adding to the uniqueness of the program is the virtual tour that provides full 360-degree views of different areas on the research ship.”

Anirban Das
Data Protection in the Workplace
EI Design Pvt. Ltd.

“Very clever, very funny and very engaging training program, combining short videos and clear, true-to-life illustrations. We especially liked the ‘Okay Accounts’ name given to the hapless -- and we hope, fictitious -- data company in the video. After rolling through ‘Okay Accounts’, ‘Data Dave’ gives you a tour of ‘SafeBase LLP, a secure outfit. Short and sweet, an excellent e-training package.”

Jeffrey Caplan, Trevor Rasmusson
Sentinel City® Community Health Simulation 
Healthcare Learning Innovations

“Impressive interactive simulation software immerses you in an online experience. You choose an avatar, and you become that avatar. It’s an excellent learning method. The interactive approach is a great way to allow students to explore the city’s environment, with all its health characteristics and issues. It’s a first-rate training program.”

Georgia C. Stelluto, Harry T. Roman, Hillary Coggeshall
Tips for Young Engineers
IEEE-USA

“A slim booklet with just a small number of tips for young (and by definition, new) engineers -- but each of them a nugget of practical, actionable advice -- hard won the old fashioned way, through work experience. A quick, easy and essential read for the engineer just starting his or her career.”

Delegating Effectively - Interactive E-Learning Module
LearnVibe, LLC

“This one-of-a-kind, 14-minute training module gives information that would normally take hours to review and comprehend. The module effectively deals with eight topics related to delegating effectively and adds tabs for resources and objectives that can serve as quick reminders of the main points presented. Shows how small ‘common sense’ steps can enable a firm to run much more efficiently and effectively.”

Melanie Medina, Ben Carpenter, Michael Carter
Mended Hearts GoToGuide on Heart Attacks
madison/miles media
 
“Sub-titled ‘A simple guide to patients and caregivers’, this multimedia presentation offers printed activity sheets in .pdf format, audio versions of pages, videos and animations with the click of an icon and quizzes to discover what you have learned throughout the guide. Symptoms, good eating habits, treatment options, the emotional effects of coronary disease and preventing future heart attacks are just some of the topics addressed in this incredibly well-organized and simple resource. You’ll want to keep it close at hand.”

Robert Mirales, Davina Gazo, Pamela Faatz
Your Children and Money
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a Bank of America Corporation

“This lively and informal webcast identifies and focuses on the big questions -- how to instill financial responsibility in your children, how to have healthy family conversations about money, and how to help children plan for their financial futures. It also deals with a range of practical topics, from allowances to debit cards to loaning your kids the money for their first car. Over 3,200 viewers registered to watch the webcast, which continues to be available on demand.”

Theresa Austin, John Renz, Pamela Holland-Moritz
Video: Grey's Story: Getting Back to Work and to Life
Prudential Group Insurance

“This four-minute video tells the heartwarming story of how a company rallied to the aid of an employee after a tragic accident. Starting with the accident itself and progressing through the recovery, accommodations, impact on the family and successful return to work, this story explains the value of a Return to Work (RTW) program and how it can return a motivated employee to productivity. One valuable leave-behind from this video is the importance of having disability insurance.”

SA Marketing Team
The Power to Overcome - High Impact
Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers
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“An eight-minute long excellently produced and edited video that addresses all aspects of physical rehabilitation, treating the patient as a whole as opposed to treating the condition. The goal of the video is to empower the patient mentally which is as important as dealing with the physical condition, and this video more than achieves that goal.”

Decide to Invest in Yourself (DIY) BrainShark
Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program

“Clear, simple, easy to grasp concepts. This exceptionally well scripted and illustrated multimedia program effectively motivates neophyte investors to start or increase contributions to their retirement programs. Very much on target. Absolutely top notch.”

Sara Sonntag
Healthy Mind Healthy Body - December 2016
UnitedHealthcare
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“It’s a simple idea, really. A monthly e-newsletter that’s well designed, with excellent, easy navigation and just a few short, punchy, interesting articles -- all giving useful tips in a very readable format. Tips -- like how to make a homemade trail mix -- are sprinkled throughout. Likely to be read, which is exactly what you want with a newsletter.”

Design Squad Global Club Guide
WGBH Educational Foundation

“Used in 11 countries, this 149-page guide is produced by a club that connects children ages 10-13 in informal education programs around the world. Kids explore engineering through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities -- and they partner with a club from a different country! Just as important, children acquire the ability to communicate and collaborate with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Wonderfully written and illustrated.”

Electronic Media
Ben Rome, Sue Marchese, 
Simeon Cogswell, Contractor
AIHA IH Professional Pathways Profiles
AIHA

"Very eye catching, very appealing, and very much 'tuned in' to its target audience. It's not easy to make a technical profession like industrial hygiene look interesting or exciting, but they've managed it here. From the headline -- Protecting Worker Health -- to the focus on case studies portraying interns and early/mid/senior career professionals, the copy is informative, with reinforcement from the very well illustrated, and oh so multicultural, scenes. It's an exceptionally well-done electronic booklet."

Robert Pace
ASHG 2016 Annual Meeting Online Exhibitor Prospectus
Allen Wayne

“Very effective infographics make detailed information easily and quickly understood. A very well thought out prospectus. Typically, a prospectus advertising exhibit booth space is a somewhat dry document, but this one actually is interesting, and a quick read — which is precisely what you’d want in your marketing effort.”

Stefani Roth, Julie Huggins
ASCD myTeachSource
ASCD

“Videos, articles, reproducibles -- they’re all here, in an easily accessible online format. Add themed ‘topic packs’ each month, and you have a truly comprehensive resource. Each topic pack is packed with a rich array of media, all offering practical strategies and ideas for classroom use. An absolutely first-rate online reference library for teachers.”

David Owen
Active Shooter Denied
Cobb County School District, Office of Communications

“A grim topic, but an extremely well researched, well scripted and clearly presented training video.  If the worst happens, you'll know what to do.  First rate.”

Lisa Tossey, Christopher Petrone, Rosa Leon-Zayas
Project VIDEO: Virtual, Interactive Dark Energy Outreach
Delaware Sea Grant/University of Delaware

“Created to offer evergreen, widely sharable science content on deep biosphere topics using videos, social media, and virtual reality, this program can be embedded on web pages, used in presentations and classroom lessons and shared via social media. It uses innovative “15 Second Science” videos supported by related “Dive Deeper” videos for viewers interested in further investigation of the topics. Adding to the uniqueness of the program is the virtual tour that provides full 360-degree views of different areas on the research ship.”

Anirban Das
Data Protection in the Workplace
EI Design Pvt. Ltd.

“Very clever, very funny and very engaging training program, combining short videos and clear, true-to-life illustrations. We especially liked the ‘Okay Accounts’ name given to the hapless -- and we hope, fictitious -- data company in the video. After rolling through ‘Okay Accounts’, ‘Data Dave’ gives you a tour of ‘SafeBase LLP, a secure outfit. Short and sweet, an excellent e-training package.”

Jeffrey Caplan, Trevor Rasmusson
Sentinel City® Community Health Simulation 
Healthcare Learning Innovations

“Impressive interactive simulation software immerses you in an online experience. You choose an avatar, and you become that avatar. It’s an excellent learning method. The interactive approach is a great way to allow students to explore the city’s environment, with all its health characteristics and issues. It’s a first-rate training program.”

Georgia C. Stelluto, Harry T. Roman, Hillary Coggeshall
Tips for Young Engineers
IEEE-USA

“A slim booklet with just a small number of tips for young (and by definition, new) engineers -- but each of them a nugget of practical, actionable advice -- hard won the old fashioned way, through work experience. A quick, easy and essential read for the engineer just starting his or her career.”

Delegating Effectively - Interactive E-Learning Module
LearnVibe, LLC

“This one-of-a-kind, 14-minute training module gives information that would normally take hours to review and comprehend. The module effectively deals with eight topics related to delegating effectively and adds tabs for resources and objectives that can serve as quick reminders of the main points presented. Shows how small ‘common sense’ steps can enable a firm to run much more efficiently and effectively.”

Melanie Medina, Ben Carpenter, Michael Carter
Mended Hearts GoToGuide on Heart Attacks
madison/miles media
 
“Sub-titled ‘A simple guide to patients and caregivers’, this multimedia presentation offers printed activity sheets in .pdf format, audio versions of pages, videos and animations with the click of an icon and quizzes to discover what you have learned throughout the guide. Symptoms, good eating habits, treatment options, the emotional effects of coronary disease and preventing future heart attacks are just some of the topics addressed in this incredibly well-organized and simple resource. You’ll want to keep it close at hand.”

Robert Mirales, Davina Gazo, Pamela Faatz
Your Children and Money
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a Bank of America Corporation

“This lively and informal webcast identifies and focuses on the big questions -- how to instill financial responsibility in your children, how to have healthy family conversations about money, and how to help children plan for their financial futures. It also deals with a range of practical topics, from allowances to debit cards to loaning your kids the money for their first car. Over 3,200 viewers registered to watch the webcast, which continues to be available on demand.”

Theresa Austin, John Renz, Pamela Holland-Moritz
Video: Grey's Story: Getting Back to Work and to Life
Prudential Group Insurance

“This four-minute video tells the heartwarming story of how a company rallied to the aid of an employee after a tragic accident. Starting with the accident itself and progressing through the recovery, accommodations, impact on the family and successful return to work, this story explains the value of a Return to Work (RTW) program and how it can return a motivated employee to productivity. One valuable leave-behind from this video is the importance of having disability insurance.”

SA Marketing Team
The Power to Overcome - High Impact
Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers
\
“An eight-minute long excellently produced and edited video that addresses all aspects of physical rehabilitation, treating the patient as a whole as opposed to treating the condition. The goal of the video is to empower the patient mentally which is as important as dealing with the physical condition, and this video more than achieves that goal.”

Decide to Invest in Yourself (DIY) BrainShark
Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program

“Clear, simple, easy to grasp concepts. This exceptionally well scripted and illustrated multimedia program effectively motivates neophyte investors to start or increase contributions to their retirement programs. Very much on target. Absolutely top notch.”

Sara Sonntag
Healthy Mind Healthy Body - December 2016
UnitedHealthcare
\
“It’s a simple idea, really. A monthly e-newsletter that’s well designed, with excellent, easy navigation and just a few short, punchy, interesting articles -- all giving useful tips in a very readable format. Tips -- like how to make a homemade trail mix -- are sprinkled throughout. Likely to be read, which is exactly what you want with a newsletter.”

Design Squad Global Club Guide
WGBH Educational Foundation

“Used in 11 countries, this 149-page guide is produced by a club that connects children ages 10-13 in informal education programs around the world. Kids explore engineering through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities -- and they partner with a club from a different country! Just as important, children acquire the ability to communicate and collaborate with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Wonderfully written and illustrated.”

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Joan Cheverie, D.Teddy Diggs
The Professional Development Commons Blog
EDUCAUSE

“This superb blog series offers an excellent range of practical ways to do everything from keeping a meeting focused to ‘meshing’ with a new supervisor. Writing is first rate and each post is succinct, well thought out and interesting.”

Elizabeth Newman, Emily Mongan, James M. Berklan
Daily Editors' Notes
McKnight's Long-Term Care News

“Three powerful topics comprise this series of blog posts from the editors of McKnight’s Long-Term News: Issues facing transgender people as they seek nursing home admission; the huge cost increases in long-term care; and the sensitive topics of dealing with residents that ‘bully’ staff. Each blog contains links to additional articles and sites on each topic. An outstanding series.”

Maureen Kennedy, Patricia Bath, Jacob Molyneux
Sent Back: Imagining the Real Costs of a Family's End-of-Life Decisions
Wolters Kluwer/American Journal of Nursing

“An incredibly horrifying yet beautifully told end-of-life story. The author does an extraordinary job of showing the reader what it would be like to be that terminal patient. An absolutely stunning post.”

Social Media
Joan Cheverie, D.Teddy Diggs
The Professional Development Commons Blog
EDUCAUSE

“This superb blog series offers an excellent range of practical ways to do everything from keeping a meeting focused to ‘meshing’ with a new supervisor. Writing is first rate and each post is succinct, well thought out and interesting.”

Elizabeth Newman, Emily Mongan, James M. Berklan
Daily Editors' Notes
McKnight's Long-Term Care News

“Three powerful topics comprise this series of blog posts from the editors of McKnight’s Long-Term News: Issues facing transgender people as they seek nursing home admission; the huge cost increases in long-term care; and the sensitive topics of dealing with residents that ‘bully’ staff. Each blog contains links to additional articles and sites on each topic. An outstanding series.”

Maureen Kennedy, Patricia Bath, Jacob Molyneux
Sent Back: Imagining the Real Costs of a Family's End-of-Life Decisions
Wolters Kluwer/American Journal of Nursing

“An incredibly horrifying yet beautifully told end-of-life story. The author does an extraordinary job of showing the reader what it would be like to be that terminal patient. An absolutely stunning post.”

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Kate Young, Larry Price
ABA Bank Marketing.com
American Bankers Association

“An exceptionally appealing home page kicks off this website, with a checkerboard of nicely chunked copy and visuals to give site visitors a sense of activity and depth of content. The Vimeo introduction is a deft touch, while the overall content is well researched and well written in an interesting, lively style. This is a site for professionals, but while the content is technical, the presentation is crisp and clear. An excellent showing on any level, but particularly so for a tightly staffed shop.”
Miku Kinnear, Monica Moore
Solid Rock Carpenters Website Redesign
Association Management Center

“It’s about carpenters and others volunteering to help people affected by events such as Hurricane Katrina. The new site is a major improvement over the old, with a hefty, foundational look and feel to it -- from the bold, solid heads and subheads to the equally bold, simple layouts. Copy is simple, direct and effective. It’s a very readable and a very compelling site -- and one that makes you want to volunteer.”

ACCDocket.com
Association of Corporate Counsel

“This website blends active commentary, news and opinion with an exhaustive archive of magazines along with access to the current digital edition of the magazine.  In a volatile time for all media companies in their analysis of how to deal with the new digital technology and shift in revenue distribution, the ACC has quite successfully created a website that merges historical content with current and ongoing content while maintaining a vibrant community of writers.”

Investment Taxation Academy
Jackson Marketing Department

“Starting with the basics, and progressing to ‘key takeaways’ and self-quizzes, this site offers a clear, colorfully presented course on a difficult subject. It is arranged by ‘module’ and covers all aspects of the topic from the basics to advanced investment structures. A well designed resource to keep on hand for both professionals and the ‘hobby’ investor.”

Food Marketing Institute Digital Food Shopper Microsite
Matrix Group International, Inc.

“A website that assumes aggressive growth in online grocery spending by 2025, it offers a comprehensive look into the behaviors and expectations of the digitally engaged food shopper. Valuable information on how food marketers and manufacturers should be developing their strategies and managing the organizational changes the will be required to engage those shoppers. Provides a useful 6-point test that allows those companies to rate their business in areas most important to online shoppers. Well worth bookmarking if you're a marketing professional.”

Dr. Marilyn Finnemore
Mind & Media Website
Mind & Media, Inc.

“The ‘About’ tab of this site contains a video that states ‘We combine both strategic consulting and skilled media production to ensure your message connects with your audience ... The result is media that works to achieve your goal.’ The site then provides examples of several videos that proved to do just that for the client. Professional … Comprehensive … thorough … well-edited … no doubt that clients’ goals are achieved.”

SHRM.org
SHRM

“Here’s a redesign that pushed all the right buttons, emphasizing visuals throughout the site, creating white space around items to let the content ‘breathe’ and tagging each article with clear, concise terms to help users find relevant information. Attention was paid to navigation throughout – streamlined down from more than a dozen top tabs to five.  Larger typefaces help readers reduce eye strain and stay on the site as long as needed to find the news most important to them.”

Keedra Carroll
Adobe Plan Changes Microsite
Vanguard

“Elegant in its simplicity – just four tabs that cover all the basics, available options, important questions to answer, why the changes are being made and how one takes action.  More information is available through clearly visible links, but this site covers all the items that the employee needs to address.”

Websites
Kate Young, Larry Price
ABA Bank Marketing.com
American Bankers Association

“An exceptionally appealing home page kicks off this website, with a checkerboard of nicely chunked copy and visuals to give site visitors a sense of activity and depth of content. The Vimeo introduction is a deft touch, while the overall content is well researched and well written in an interesting, lively style. This is a site for professionals, but while the content is technical, the presentation is crisp and clear. An excellent showing on any level, but particularly so for a tightly staffed shop.”
Miku Kinnear, Monica Moore
Solid Rock Carpenters Website Redesign
Association Management Center

“It’s about carpenters and others volunteering to help people affected by events such as Hurricane Katrina. The new site is a major improvement over the old, with a hefty, foundational look and feel to it -- from the bold, solid heads and subheads to the equally bold, simple layouts. Copy is simple, direct and effective. It’s a very readable and a very compelling site -- and one that makes you want to volunteer.”

ACCDocket.com
Association of Corporate Counsel

“This website blends active commentary, news and opinion with an exhaustive archive of magazines along with access to the current digital edition of the magazine.  In a volatile time for all media companies in their analysis of how to deal with the new digital technology and shift in revenue distribution, the ACC has quite successfully created a website that merges historical content with current and ongoing content while maintaining a vibrant community of writers.”

Investment Taxation Academy
Jackson Marketing Department

“Starting with the basics, and progressing to ‘key takeaways’ and self-quizzes, this site offers a clear, colorfully presented course on a difficult subject. It is arranged by ‘module’ and covers all aspects of the topic from the basics to advanced investment structures. A well designed resource to keep on hand for both professionals and the ‘hobby’ investor.”

Food Marketing Institute Digital Food Shopper Microsite
Matrix Group International, Inc.

“A website that assumes aggressive growth in online grocery spending by 2025, it offers a comprehensive look into the behaviors and expectations of the digitally engaged food shopper. Valuable information on how food marketers and manufacturers should be developing their strategies and managing the organizational changes the will be required to engage those shoppers. Provides a useful 6-point test that allows those companies to rate their business in areas most important to online shoppers. Well worth bookmarking if you're a marketing professional.”

Dr. Marilyn Finnemore
Mind & Media Website
Mind & Media, Inc.

“The ‘About’ tab of this site contains a video that states ‘We combine both strategic consulting and skilled media production to ensure your message connects with your audience ... The result is media that works to achieve your goal.’ The site then provides examples of several videos that proved to do just that for the client. Professional … Comprehensive … thorough … well-edited … no doubt that clients’ goals are achieved.”

SHRM.org
SHRM

“Here’s a redesign that pushed all the right buttons, emphasizing visuals throughout the site, creating white space around items to let the content ‘breathe’ and tagging each article with clear, concise terms to help users find relevant information. Attention was paid to navigation throughout – streamlined down from more than a dozen top tabs to five.  Larger typefaces help readers reduce eye strain and stay on the site as long as needed to find the news most important to them.”

Keedra Carroll
Adobe Plan Changes Microsite
Vanguard

“Elegant in its simplicity – just four tabs that cover all the basics, available options, important questions to answer, why the changes are being made and how one takes action.  More information is available through clearly visible links, but this site covers all the items that the employee needs to address.”

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Campaigns, Programs & Plans
Suzanne Rovick, Marissa Bryan
Merrill Edge Competing Financial Goals Package
Bank of America and Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM)

“With increasing attention – and concern for – the financial condition of ‘baby boomers’, this package was created to offer investors helpful insights and practical tips to stay on track for retirement while juggling the other financial priorities that compete for a share of their wallet. Through three different media types: video series, articles, and worksheets, clients and prospects receive simple ‘go-to’ guidelines for sorting out the competing priorities of life. Definitely something that everyone facing retirement age would want to reference.”

Community and Publishing Services
Emily's Choice: A Child Protection Story
Legal Services Society, BC & Healthy Aboriginal Network

“This story addresses the heart-wrenching topic of a mother’s addiction and the resulting removal of her child from the home. A multi-faceted presentation – video, pdf file, hard-copy book, a poster to spread the word – that provides incredible ‘life-and-death’ information to any parent unfortunate enough to be in this situation. Options are clearly described and a path to a positive ending is made clear. A priceless resource.”

Kate Squires, Steve Cole, Emily Schaller
KORUS-AQ Campaign
Logical Innovations at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

“Rarely can public service campaigns be described as ‘creative,’ ‘innovative,’ or just plain ‘fun!’ Here’s an integrated effort that combines Web articles, blogs, a science overview and a Facebook live event, among other items, that led to nearly 2 million impressions across all of the tools employed. The critically important subject of monitoring air pollution from space is fully explained in a fascinating, cooperative project.”

cyberpioneerTV web-series: Then & Now - A Look at Former SAF Camps
Ministry of Defence, Singapore

“Here is a wonderful eight-episode series (with no one episode exceeding 10 minutes) based on the true stories of those who worked or lived at former Singapore Armed Forces camps. The series features introspective looks at places that hold special memories for generations of men and provides ‘inside’ views of the special history of these camps. Each episode features its own unique animation and promises a memorable journey for viewers young and old.”

Denise Reynolds
Akron Children's Hospital Goes All In for Benefits Open Enrollment
Outside the Lines Creative Group, LLC

“Beautifully designed and extremely colorful. This campaign is information-rich, with an interactive microsite, benefits enrollment guide, coloring book for employees, and Health Savings Account brochures, posters and postcards. Creativity and imagination flow throughout the program, proving that even what many consider to be ‘boiler-plate’ and ‘straightforward’ information can still be presented in a thoughtful and ‘fun’ way. The result -- the employees fully understand and appreciate everything they need to know about the benefit options.”

RSD Marketing
Thrive with Pacific Life Campaign
Pacific Life Insurance Co.

“Developed in response to a complex new regulation from the Department of Labor, this campaign consists of a thorough, step-by-step process for educating financial professionals about the ramifications of the change and tools to adapt to the ‘new world.’ Included were key facts for understanding the rule, a video that oriented financial professionals to the intent of the campaign, and a brochure regarding IRA Rollovers in addition to checklists and blog-like articles. Vitally important information providing sound financial guidance in a time of great flux.”

Julie Dowdie, Holly-Ann Campbell, Natalie Quan
Hospital Accreditation 2016
The Scarborough Hospital

“You would think that improving upon a 98.6% compliance rate with high standards of quality, safety and efficiency is something that’s an impossible goal. This hospital not only embraced that goal, but developed a multi-faceted communications plan to engage staff, physicians, and volunteers in the accreditation process. They created a ‘shopping’ theme with the tagline ‘Your Health Care Supercentre’ and included newsletters, a ‘catalogue,’ banners, videos, contests and prizes, including gift cards. The result was a 99.4% compliance rate. Well done!”

Campaigns, Programs & Plans
Suzanne Rovick, Marissa Bryan
Merrill Edge Competing Financial Goals Package
Bank of America and Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM)

“With increasing attention – and concern for – the financial condition of ‘baby boomers’, this package was created to offer investors helpful insights and practical tips to stay on track for retirement while juggling the other financial priorities that compete for a share of their wallet. Through three different media types: video series, articles, and worksheets, clients and prospects receive simple ‘go-to’ guidelines for sorting out the competing priorities of life. Definitely something that everyone facing retirement age would want to reference.”

Community and Publishing Services
Emily's Choice: A Child Protection Story
Legal Services Society, BC & Healthy Aboriginal Network

“This story addresses the heart-wrenching topic of a mother’s addiction and the resulting removal of her child from the home. A multi-faceted presentation – video, pdf file, hard-copy book, a poster to spread the word – that provides incredible ‘life-and-death’ information to any parent unfortunate enough to be in this situation. Options are clearly described and a path to a positive ending is made clear. A priceless resource.”

Kate Squires, Steve Cole, Emily Schaller
KORUS-AQ Campaign
Logical Innovations at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

“Rarely can public service campaigns be described as ‘creative,’ ‘innovative,’ or just plain ‘fun!’ Here’s an integrated effort that combines Web articles, blogs, a science overview and a Facebook live event, among other items, that led to nearly 2 million impressions across all of the tools employed. The critically important subject of monitoring air pollution from space is fully explained in a fascinating, cooperative project.”

cyberpioneerTV web-series: Then & Now - A Look at Former SAF Camps
Ministry of Defence, Singapore

“Here is a wonderful eight-episode series (with no one episode exceeding 10 minutes) based on the true stories of those who worked or lived at former Singapore Armed Forces camps. The series features introspective looks at places that hold special memories for generations of men and provides ‘inside’ views of the special history of these camps. Each episode features its own unique animation and promises a memorable journey for viewers young and old.”

Denise Reynolds
Akron Children's Hospital Goes All In for Benefits Open Enrollment
Outside the Lines Creative Group, LLC

“Beautifully designed and extremely colorful. This campaign is information-rich, with an interactive microsite, benefits enrollment guide, coloring book for employees, and Health Savings Account brochures, posters and postcards. Creativity and imagination flow throughout the program, proving that even what many consider to be ‘boiler-plate’ and ‘straightforward’ information can still be presented in a thoughtful and ‘fun’ way. The result -- the employees fully understand and appreciate everything they need to know about the benefit options.”

RSD Marketing
Thrive with Pacific Life Campaign
Pacific Life Insurance Co.

“Developed in response to a complex new regulation from the Department of Labor, this campaign consists of a thorough, step-by-step process for educating financial professionals about the ramifications of the change and tools to adapt to the ‘new world.’ Included were key facts for understanding the rule, a video that oriented financial professionals to the intent of the campaign, and a brochure regarding IRA Rollovers in addition to checklists and blog-like articles. Vitally important information providing sound financial guidance in a time of great flux.”

Julie Dowdie, Holly-Ann Campbell, Natalie Quan
Hospital Accreditation 2016
The Scarborough Hospital

“You would think that improving upon a 98.6% compliance rate with high standards of quality, safety and efficiency is something that’s an impossible goal. This hospital not only embraced that goal, but developed a multi-faceted communications plan to engage staff, physicians, and volunteers in the accreditation process. They created a ‘shopping’ theme with the tagline ‘Your Health Care Supercentre’ and included newsletters, a ‘catalogue,’ banners, videos, contests and prizes, including gift cards. The result was a 99.4% compliance rate. Well done!”

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Victoria Houghton
Answers in Practice
American Academy of Dermatology

“Key to the ongoing success of any magazine is a regular feature that will always provide the reader with an important ‘takeaway.’  ‘Answers in practice’ provides just that benefit in a very effective, easy-to-read Q & A format. The most significant asset of this department is its usefulness with regard to issues that face all practitioners in their day-to-day practice.  Office staff training … dress codes … best practices for medical records … every month a new source of valuable information. Well done!”

American Journal of Critical Care
Living with Dying in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Nursing Perspective
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

“A thoughtful, thorough and well-written discussion of the challenges faced by pediatric nurses who care for children with life-threatening illnesses. An impressive analysis with a lot of useful advice for practitioners. Top drawer.”

Donald Tepper, Chris Hayhurst
Managing Patients Who Are Transgender
American Physical Therapy Association

“Tackling controversial topics is always risky, but sometimes there is a benefit to taking the risk. This is an informative, well-written and well-researched piece. The article includes significant data points (i.e., 700,000 people in the U.S. who identify as transgender), eight resources for additional information, key terminology definitions and suggestions for treatment room procedures. Most importantly, the writer presents valuable advice for healthcare practitioners that will need to explore the many different problems and issues that can arise when treating patients who are transgender.”

Courtney Peter, Jamie Roberts, Denise Doring VanBuren
Long May She Wave: The Story of Annin Flagmakers
Hammock Inc.

“A compelling and fascinating story traces the history of the company from the Civil War to Iwo Jima to the postwar era, which saw the company create the now famous POW-MIA flag. The feature article has a lively, interesting style, and leaves the reader wanting to know more.”

Lila Ivey, David Companion
The Last Ballot
Hospice of Marion County

“A compelling end of life story about an Army Ranger, wonderfully told, with a deftly interwoven message encouraging citizens to exercise their hard-won freedom to vote in free elections.”

Janet Skidmore
Talking Science for Non-Scientists: Three Articles from the Covance Scientific Council Series
Janet Skidmore Communications LLC

“This series explores three health-related topics, describing new technology advances that address vitally important topics – subcellular bodies that are only visible under an electron microscope and can be the key to such common diseases as cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s Disease … ‘companion diagnostics’ that allow doctors to identify patients susceptible to negative side effects… and the complexity of dealing with rare diseases and the lack of attention given to them. We feel certain that anyone taking the time to read this series will see its relevance to their own life situation.”

Heather Cygan, Cathryn Domrose, Sallie Jimenez
The Healer's Journey - Parts 1 & 2
OnCourse Learning

“The ultimate nightmare -- a mass shooting. All of the attention, justifiably, is paid to the victims and their loved ones -- but what about the healthcare professionals who are responsible for dealing with the injured? This series provides an important and emotional description of the issues facing those charged with that responsibility -- not just the implementation of emergency drills but the ‘real-life’ aspects of such a tragedy that are impossible to prepare for -- anxiety, insomnia, anger, even PTSD. A must-read for all those who have been through such an ordeal -- or those who could face one any day. Bravo for this excellent series.”

Brady Kay
Living The American Dream
Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine

“It’s a pontoon boat story, but it’s really about a lot more. It’s a powerful, compelling narrative about one combat vet’s fierce determination to overcome all obstacles -- with the help of family, friends and a lot of good people -- to lead a full and productive life. Truly motivated, top drawer writing.”

Mollie Rappe
Blowing Bubbles to Catch CO2 
Sandia National Laboratories

“A captivating article and describes the development of a powerful, cost-saving method to reduce CO2 emissions from coal- and gas-fired electricity plants. The writer takes the reader through the thought process that originated in the lab, describes the experimental process and reveals the current state of the technology, providing several links to related topics and a five-minute YouTube video that enables even the regular consumer to appreciate the importance of this technology.”

Mark Tarallo
News and Trends: The Lessons of Flint
Security Management Magazine, published by ASIS International

“This is a case study that should be read and absorbed by anyone who makes decisions that affect a large number of people, as it is addresses the complexities of crisis and emergency management. It looks at the all-too frequent situations of ignored warning signals, inaccurate assessments and the impact of financial considerations leading to bad decisions. No doubt, a detailed and well-crafted recap that should make all involved with any form of crisis and emergency management -- and every citizen -- take note.”

Cardiology Today Staff
Cardiology Today - Coverage of the 2016 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session
SLACK Incorporated

“A one-stop news source that provides clear and compelling articles on the most important presentations at the conference, along with interviews with key opinion leaders who offer their perspectives on the findings. Readers experience the true definition of ‘news reporting’ with a substantial amount of information on groundbreaking research, all in one place.”

Tom Bartol, Cynthia Laufenberg, Tarun Kunwar
Nurse Practitioner - Recreating Healthcare: The Next Generation
Wolters Kluwer

“An insightful, well-written advocacy piece, backed with relevant statistics, that embodies a classic Einstein quote: ‘If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” This piece clearly and passionately explains how it will take a concerted effort from many people working together to address the well-publicized and much debated topic.”

Writing
Victoria Houghton
Answers in Practice
American Academy of Dermatology

“Key to the ongoing success of any magazine is a regular feature that will always provide the reader with an important ‘takeaway.’  ‘Answers in practice’ provides just that benefit in a very effective, easy-to-read Q & A format. The most significant asset of this department is its usefulness with regard to issues that face all practitioners in their day-to-day practice.  Office staff training … dress codes … best practices for medical records … every month a new source of valuable information. Well done!”

American Journal of Critical Care
Living with Dying in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Nursing Perspective
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

“A thoughtful, thorough and well-written discussion of the challenges faced by pediatric nurses who care for children with life-threatening illnesses. An impressive analysis with a lot of useful advice for practitioners. Top drawer.”

Donald Tepper, Chris Hayhurst
Managing Patients Who Are Transgender
American Physical Therapy Association

“Tackling controversial topics is always risky, but sometimes there is a benefit to taking the risk. This is an informative, well-written and well-researched piece. The article includes significant data points (i.e., 700,000 people in the U.S. who identify as transgender), eight resources for additional information, key terminology definitions and suggestions for treatment room procedures. Most importantly, the writer presents valuable advice for healthcare practitioners that will need to explore the many different problems and issues that can arise when treating patients who are transgender.”

Courtney Peter, Jamie Roberts, Denise Doring VanBuren
Long May She Wave: The Story of Annin Flagmakers
Hammock Inc.

“A compelling and fascinating story traces the history of the company from the Civil War to Iwo Jima to the postwar era, which saw the company create the now famous POW-MIA flag. The feature article has a lively, interesting style, and leaves the reader wanting to know more.”

Lila Ivey, David Companion
The Last Ballot
Hospice of Marion County

“A compelling end of life story about an Army Ranger, wonderfully told, with a deftly interwoven message encouraging citizens to exercise their hard-won freedom to vote in free elections.”

Janet Skidmore
Talking Science for Non-Scientists: Three Articles from the Covance Scientific Council Series
Janet Skidmore Communications LLC

“This series explores three health-related topics, describing new technology advances that address vitally important topics – subcellular bodies that are only visible under an electron microscope and can be the key to such common diseases as cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s Disease … ‘companion diagnostics’ that allow doctors to identify patients susceptible to negative side effects… and the complexity of dealing with rare diseases and the lack of attention given to them. We feel certain that anyone taking the time to read this series will see its relevance to their own life situation.”

Heather Cygan, Cathryn Domrose, Sallie Jimenez
The Healer's Journey - Parts 1 & 2
OnCourse Learning

“The ultimate nightmare -- a mass shooting. All of the attention, justifiably, is paid to the victims and their loved ones -- but what about the healthcare professionals who are responsible for dealing with the injured? This series provides an important and emotional description of the issues facing those charged with that responsibility -- not just the implementation of emergency drills but the ‘real-life’ aspects of such a tragedy that are impossible to prepare for -- anxiety, insomnia, anger, even PTSD. A must-read for all those who have been through such an ordeal -- or those who could face one any day. Bravo for this excellent series.”

Brady Kay
Living The American Dream
Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine

“It’s a pontoon boat story, but it’s really about a lot more. It’s a powerful, compelling narrative about one combat vet’s fierce determination to overcome all obstacles -- with the help of family, friends and a lot of good people -- to lead a full and productive life. Truly motivated, top drawer writing.”

Mollie Rappe
Blowing Bubbles to Catch CO2 
Sandia National Laboratories

“A captivating article and describes the development of a powerful, cost-saving method to reduce CO2 emissions from coal- and gas-fired electricity plants. The writer takes the reader through the thought process that originated in the lab, describes the experimental process and reveals the current state of the technology, providing several links to related topics and a five-minute YouTube video that enables even the regular consumer to appreciate the importance of this technology.”

Mark Tarallo
News and Trends: The Lessons of Flint
Security Management Magazine, published by ASIS International

“This is a case study that should be read and absorbed by anyone who makes decisions that affect a large number of people, as it is addresses the complexities of crisis and emergency management. It looks at the all-too frequent situations of ignored warning signals, inaccurate assessments and the impact of financial considerations leading to bad decisions. No doubt, a detailed and well-crafted recap that should make all involved with any form of crisis and emergency management -- and every citizen -- take note.”

Cardiology Today Staff
Cardiology Today - Coverage of the 2016 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session
SLACK Incorporated

“A one-stop news source that provides clear and compelling articles on the most important presentations at the conference, along with interviews with key opinion leaders who offer their perspectives on the findings. Readers experience the true definition of ‘news reporting’ with a substantial amount of information on groundbreaking research, all in one place.”

Tom Bartol, Cynthia Laufenberg, Tarun Kunwar
Nurse Practitioner - Recreating Healthcare: The Next Generation
Wolters Kluwer

“An insightful, well-written advocacy piece, backed with relevant statistics, that embodies a classic Einstein quote: ‘If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” This piece clearly and passionately explains how it will take a concerted effort from many people working together to address the well-publicized and much debated topic.”

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Design & Illustration
Robert Priest, Grace Lee
AARP Bulletin: 2016 Redesign
AARP Bulletin

“The original AARP Bulletin’s design was top notch, but the redesign is simply extraordinary -- from the bold cover and intriguing contents page to the very inviting spreads, each with a unique look while still keeping the overall look and feel of the issue. The bold heads, short copy and plentiful callouts and infographics make this magapaper an easy and inviting ‘read’ -- especially helpful in today’s ‘time-challenged’ environment.”
Brenan Sharp, Tim Marrs, Stephen Webster
Did Litigation Kill the Beatles? March 2016 ABA Journal
American Bar Association Journal

“The use of archival photos, color and texture create striking visual effects, and deftly evoke the ‘look and feel’ of the times. Typography is clean and readable -- while at the same time acting as an integral element of the spreads. That’s not easy to do, but here, it’s done very well. Add to that the clever idea of offering two cover designs and letting readers vote their choice, and you have a winning combination.”

Seeking China, AAA Living Magazine - July/August 2016
The Auto Club Group - AAA

“This cover presents a striking view of China’s Great Wall. The photo's composition gives an intriguing perspective, ranging from lush green foliage to mist as if shrouding the Wall’s secrets. The lighting is warm overall, with the slightly backlit mountains giving a softened contrast which adds to the beauty of the landscape. The cover has a sense of majesty along with a restrained sense of excitement.”

Succession Planning Guide
Jackson Marketing Department

“With a distinctive look and a unique ‘old-time European’ tavern motif, this presentation engages the reader throughout. Screen-by-screen the typefaces and overall design take a staid topic and weave a four-part program that shows how imagination and creativity can always enhance value and interest level.”

Kenneth Dotson
Kathleen Jordan
Lincoln Central Logo Suite
Lincoln Central Association

“This is one hardworking logo. In standard form, it’s very appealing, the heart shape showcasing the city skyline, path through the park, and the ‘Heart of the Neighborhood’ slogan. But the logo also does double duty for special events, with superb visuals modifying the logo’s content but not its shape, and clever headlines and slogans replacing those of the main logo. So, for example, LINCOLN CENTRAL becomes SUNDAY SUMMER SIPPER, while The Heart of the Neighborhood becomes A Taste of Our Neighborhood. In this case, variety truly is the spice of life.”

Rod Mackenzie
Winnie Leung
Ginny Gay
Priority for Singapore Airlines PPS Club
Publicitas Content Pte Ltd

“They strive for the unexpected in their cover designs, and they succeed.  The covers are striking, dynamic, and very effective in getting and keeping the busy premium air traveler’s attention. The ‘Gold Country’ cover, in particular, makes clever use of a fish-eye design to create a visual portal that invites you in. It makes you want to turn the page to see what the story is all about. A first class effort.”

Julie Fournier
Set Your Career In Motion
REALTOR® Magazine

“Here is an imaginative, well designed presentation with a fun concept of a ‘suitcase with stamps’ supporting a ‘travel guide’ of sorts. The ‘journey’ covers topics most important to readers: sales and marketing, technology, legal and ethical issues and professional development. Stock imagery and a color palate are used to distinguish sections to create a cohesive, reader-friendly package. Very artistic, but still all about the content -- habits for success ... social media tools and advice ...all presented clearly and colorfully.”

Elizabeth Pohland
Dr. Sam Dragga
James Cameron
Technical Communication 2016 Covers
Society for Technical Communication

“In each quarterly issue, this business magazine employs highly creative and innovative covers that most assuredly accomplish the main goals of a cover – to intrigue readers enough to get them into the magazine. Rather than use the standard “face shot” of an industry stalwart, the designers sought to excite the reader about the content inside the issue. A marvelous accomplishment.”

JoAnn Dickey
SWE Magazine
Society of Women Engineers

“It’s always an informative -- but risky -- move when a magazine decides to survey its readers. Here, the editors listened to their readers and learned how engaged they are with the publication, and acted on the responses. The result? New fonts, an increased focus on visual elements, and additional white space to make the magazine an easier read. They also added an ‘eyebrow’ at the top of each editorial page for ease of ‘thumbing through,’ and new sections.  Upcoming is a new app that will enable the reader to view the content on any tablet or phone device. Great Job!”

The Electricity Times
SP Group

“A colorful and well-designed series of comics that communicate key messages, and focus on important topics such as energy efficiency, gas safety, network reliability and sustainability initiatives. There’s no question that the reader will absorb this information much more easily and enjoyably than if it were presented in a more common text format.”

Design & Illustration
Robert Priest, Grace Lee
AARP Bulletin: 2016 Redesign
AARP Bulletin

“The original AARP Bulletin’s design was top notch, but the redesign is simply extraordinary -- from the bold cover and intriguing contents page to the very inviting spreads, each with a unique look while still keeping the overall look and feel of the issue. The bold heads, short copy and plentiful callouts and infographics make this magapaper an easy and inviting ‘read’ -- especially helpful in today’s ‘time-challenged’ environment.”
Brenan Sharp, Tim Marrs, Stephen Webster
Did Litigation Kill the Beatles? March 2016 ABA Journal
American Bar Association Journal

“The use of archival photos, color and texture create striking visual effects, and deftly evoke the ‘look and feel’ of the times. Typography is clean and readable -- while at the same time acting as an integral element of the spreads. That’s not easy to do, but here, it’s done very well. Add to that the clever idea of offering two cover designs and letting readers vote their choice, and you have a winning combination.”

Seeking China, AAA Living Magazine - July/August 2016
The Auto Club Group - AAA

“This cover presents a striking view of China’s Great Wall. The photo's composition gives an intriguing perspective, ranging from lush green foliage to mist as if shrouding the Wall’s secrets. The lighting is warm overall, with the slightly backlit mountains giving a softened contrast which adds to the beauty of the landscape. The cover has a sense of majesty along with a restrained sense of excitement.”

Succession Planning Guide
Jackson Marketing Department

“With a distinctive look and a unique ‘old-time European’ tavern motif, this presentation engages the reader throughout. Screen-by-screen the typefaces and overall design take a staid topic and weave a four-part program that shows how imagination and creativity can always enhance value and interest level.”

Kenneth Dotson
Kathleen Jordan
Lincoln Central Logo Suite
Lincoln Central Association

“This is one hardworking logo. In standard form, it’s very appealing, the heart shape showcasing the city skyline, path through the park, and the ‘Heart of the Neighborhood’ slogan. But the logo also does double duty for special events, with superb visuals modifying the logo’s content but not its shape, and clever headlines and slogans replacing those of the main logo. So, for example, LINCOLN CENTRAL becomes SUNDAY SUMMER SIPPER, while The Heart of the Neighborhood becomes A Taste of Our Neighborhood. In this case, variety truly is the spice of life.”

Rod Mackenzie
Winnie Leung
Ginny Gay
Priority for Singapore Airlines PPS Club
Publicitas Content Pte Ltd

“They strive for the unexpected in their cover designs, and they succeed.  The covers are striking, dynamic, and very effective in getting and keeping the busy premium air traveler’s attention. The ‘Gold Country’ cover, in particular, makes clever use of a fish-eye design to create a visual portal that invites you in. It makes you want to turn the page to see what the story is all about. A first class effort.”

Julie Fournier
Set Your Career In Motion
REALTOR® Magazine

“Here is an imaginative, well designed presentation with a fun concept of a ‘suitcase with stamps’ supporting a ‘travel guide’ of sorts. The ‘journey’ covers topics most important to readers: sales and marketing, technology, legal and ethical issues and professional development. Stock imagery and a color palate are used to distinguish sections to create a cohesive, reader-friendly package. Very artistic, but still all about the content -- habits for success ... social media tools and advice ...all presented clearly and colorfully.”

Elizabeth Pohland
Dr. Sam Dragga
James Cameron
Technical Communication 2016 Covers
Society for Technical Communication

“In each quarterly issue, this business magazine employs highly creative and innovative covers that most assuredly accomplish the main goals of a cover – to intrigue readers enough to get them into the magazine. Rather than use the standard “face shot” of an industry stalwart, the designers sought to excite the reader about the content inside the issue. A marvelous accomplishment.”

JoAnn Dickey
SWE Magazine
Society of Women Engineers

“It’s always an informative -- but risky -- move when a magazine decides to survey its readers. Here, the editors listened to their readers and learned how engaged they are with the publication, and acted on the responses. The result? New fonts, an increased focus on visual elements, and additional white space to make the magazine an easier read. They also added an ‘eyebrow’ at the top of each editorial page for ease of ‘thumbing through,’ and new sections.  Upcoming is a new app that will enable the reader to view the content on any tablet or phone device. Great Job!”

The Electricity Times
SP Group

“A colorful and well-designed series of comics that communicate key messages, and focus on important topics such as energy efficiency, gas safety, network reliability and sustainability initiatives. There’s no question that the reader will absorb this information much more easily and enjoyably than if it were presented in a more common text format.”

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One-of-a-Kind Publications
Scott A. Davis
Todd Albertson
Michael Wichita
The New Retirement
AARP The Magazine

“A comprehensive range of top drawer advice, well researched, engagingly written, and presented in an appealing, well-illustrated layout. Spreads are attractive, with generous white space, readable typography, and well-chosen photos. The feature articles make you think -- a good thing -- and it will be the rare reader who comes away from this 94-page report without at least one valuable nugget of retirement advice.”

2017 Masters Journal
Augusta National Golf Club & H.O. Zimman, Inc.

“True, it’s a magazine, but it’s also an embodiment of an institution -- the Masters Tournament at Augusta National -- and, as such, it’s a unique, one-of-a-kind publication. Everything is top level work. Content is compellingly readable, statistics are easily understood, and the hole-by-hole tour makes you feel like you’re there. Caddies offer anecdotes, you’re treated to superb feature articles (the history, the players, the course), and the unbelievably lush photography and illustrations combine to make the reading and viewing experience a golfer’s dream -- or an invitation to take up the sport. It just doesn’t get any better.”

Bats Magazine
Bat Conservation International & GLC - a marketing communication agency

“Not the mag for you if bats freak you out, but if you’re an aficionado, then welcome home. We like the way these folks aren’t hiding in some dark cave chittering to each other. They’re right out there dispelling myths and building support for conservation. Design and layout are appealing, typography is cutting edge, photos are exceptional (including the in-your-face cover shot of a common vampire bat bounding along toward you), and we enjoyed the nice graphic touches of this Halloween issue. A lot of good content delivered in a crisp, lively, entertaining and informative way.”

Chelsea Johnson
Claire Saxton
Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Clinical Trials
Cancer Support Community

“A superb publication. It presents the real experiences of patients, their families and medical staff in their own words, but in a photo narrative format. The result is a very clear understanding of what clinical trials are and exactly how they work. Copywriting is clear, succinct and very real, while the photos are carefully chosen and cropped to tell their own story. A unique look at this difficult but important issue.”
‘It mattered to that one’ - A collection of Outreach stories
Cognizant Outreach
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

“What a book! What stories! What a powerful thirst for an education, and to advance in life -- as shown in example after example in this book. Beautifully written and wonderfully photographed vignettes show what volunteer teachers -- many of them Cognizant employees -- and their students will do to reach their goals. And what companies can do to bring nighttime light to rural villages. And the list goes on. Truly a wonderful outreach program, ably portrayed in this excellent coffee table book.”

Joyce See
Mount Alvernia Hospital Mother&Child Guidebook - To Maternity and Beyond
Mount Alvernia Hospital

“Here’s a fabulous, comprehensive, easy-to-read 160 page guide to everything you ever wanted to know about pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood. There’s a week-by-week guide to what’s happening throughout the pregnancy to both mother and child … informative sections on labor and delivery, nutrition and breastfeeding … and valuable pieces of advice and hints on much discussed, but rarely resolved topics like ‘how do you know why your baby is crying?’ Wonderfully organized and a great resource to have ‘at the ready’ for any parent.”

Lifewise
National Healthcare Group

“With the increasing emphasis on healthcare issues throughout the world, this bi-monthly magazine enriches the reader’s knowledge through content geared to nutrition, exercise and active aging. Published by the National Healthcare Group of Singapore, the magazine was recently revamped and features a handier size, snappier articles, and greater use of visuals and infographics. As opposed to a ‘dry’ association medium, it’s a full-fledged health and lifestyle publication with a lively consumer-magazine style layout. It's a keeper.”

Alessia Kirkland
Stewart Wills
Rebecca Robinson
OSA Centennial Booklet Series

“Excellent four-part series highlighting the past, present and future of the society as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. What makes this particular endeavor more interesting is how the events in the society related not only to technological development, but also to U.S. history. Highlighted are Nobel Prize winners, honorary members since 1984 and their contributions, the application of optics and photonics into technologies in sometimes unexpected areas and a spotlight on the students and young professionals of today who will spearhead the accomplishments of the future. Well-conceived, well-written, well-illustrated.”

Hilton Head Island: The Official Vacation Planner 2017
PACE

“This beautifully illustrated 156-page guide manages to provide an enticing photo on virtually every page, making readers wish they were on vacation right then and there! The stunning photography and choose-your-adventure writing style make this magazine a must-read for all Island visitors. If you’re considering a stay on Hilton Head, this guide will most likely move the pendulum toward a definite ‘yes’ decision.”

Dr. EE Kiam Chua
Rainforest in a City
Simply Green & National Parks Board Publication

“There may be another 188-page magazine where every single page contains photo after photo of striking and eye-catching scenes, but we’d be hard pressed to find it! This beautifully produced publication literally takes a microscope into the forest, providing fascinating information on majestic trees, flowers with awe-inspiring beauty, and an incredible display of animal and insect life. No matter where you open this magazine, the beauty in its pages will make it hard to put back down!”

One-of-a-Kind Publications
Scott A. Davis
Todd Albertson
Michael Wichita
The New Retirement
AARP The Magazine

“A comprehensive range of top drawer advice, well researched, engagingly written, and presented in an appealing, well-illustrated layout. Spreads are attractive, with generous white space, readable typography, and well-chosen photos. The feature articles make you think -- a good thing -- and it will be the rare reader who comes away from this 94-page report without at least one valuable nugget of retirement advice.”

2017 Masters Journal
Augusta National Golf Club & H.O. Zimman, Inc.

“True, it’s a magazine, but it’s also an embodiment of an institution -- the Masters Tournament at Augusta National -- and, as such, it’s a unique, one-of-a-kind publication. Everything is top level work. Content is compellingly readable, statistics are easily understood, and the hole-by-hole tour makes you feel like you’re there. Caddies offer anecdotes, you’re treated to superb feature articles (the history, the players, the course), and the unbelievably lush photography and illustrations combine to make the reading and viewing experience a golfer’s dream -- or an invitation to take up the sport. It just doesn’t get any better.”

Bats Magazine
Bat Conservation International & GLC - a marketing communication agency

“Not the mag for you if bats freak you out, but if you’re an aficionado, then welcome home. We like the way these folks aren’t hiding in some dark cave chittering to each other. They’re right out there dispelling myths and building support for conservation. Design and layout are appealing, typography is cutting edge, photos are exceptional (including the in-your-face cover shot of a common vampire bat bounding along toward you), and we enjoyed the nice graphic touches of this Halloween issue. A lot of good content delivered in a crisp, lively, entertaining and informative way.”

Chelsea Johnson
Claire Saxton
Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Clinical Trials
Cancer Support Community

“A superb publication. It presents the real experiences of patients, their families and medical staff in their own words, but in a photo narrative format. The result is a very clear understanding of what clinical trials are and exactly how they work. Copywriting is clear, succinct and very real, while the photos are carefully chosen and cropped to tell their own story. A unique look at this difficult but important issue.”

‘It mattered to that one’ - A collection of Outreach stories
Cognizant Outreach
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

“What a book! What stories! What a powerful thirst for an education, and to advance in life -- as shown in example after example in this book. Beautifully written and wonderfully photographed vignettes show what volunteer teachers -- many of them Cognizant employees -- and their students will do to reach their goals. And what companies can do to bring nighttime light to rural villages. And the list goes on. Truly a wonderful outreach program, ably portrayed in this excellent coffee table book.”

Joyce See
Mount Alvernia Hospital Mother&Child Guidebook - To Maternity and Beyond
Mount Alvernia Hospital

“Here’s a fabulous, comprehensive, easy-to-read 160 page guide to everything you ever wanted to know about pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood. There’s a week-by-week guide to what’s happening throughout the pregnancy to both mother and child … informative sections on labor and delivery, nutrition and breastfeeding … and valuable pieces of advice and hints on much discussed, but rarely resolved topics like ‘how do you know why your baby is crying?’ Wonderfully organized and a great resource to have ‘at the ready’ for any parent.”

Lifewise
National Healthcare Group

“With the increasing emphasis on healthcare issues throughout the world, this bi-monthly magazine enriches the reader’s knowledge through content geared to nutrition, exercise and active aging. Published by the National Healthcare Group of Singapore, the magazine was recently revamped and features a handier size, snappier articles, and greater use of visuals and infographics. As opposed to a ‘dry’ association medium, it’s a full-fledged health and lifestyle publication with a lively consumer-magazine style layout. It's a keeper.”

Alessia Kirkland
Stewart Wills
Rebecca Robinson
OSA Centennial Booklet Series

“Excellent four-part series highlighting the past, present and future of the society as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. What makes this particular endeavor more interesting is how the events in the society related not only to technological development, but also to U.S. history. Highlighted are Nobel Prize winners, honorary members since 1984 and their contributions, the application of optics and photonics into technologies in sometimes unexpected areas and a spotlight on the students and young professionals of today who will spearhead the accomplishments of the future. Well-conceived, well-written, well-illustrated.”

Hilton Head Island: The Official Vacation Planner 2017
PACE

“This beautifully illustrated 156-page guide manages to provide an enticing photo on virtually every page, making readers wish they were on vacation right then and there! The stunning photography and choose-your-adventure writing style make this magazine a must-read for all Island visitors. If you’re considering a stay on Hilton Head, this guide will most likely move the pendulum toward a definite ‘yes’ decision.”

Dr. EE Kiam Chua
Rainforest in a City
Simply Green & National Parks Board Publication

“There may be another 188-page magazine where every single page contains photo after photo of striking and eye-catching scenes, but we’d be hard pressed to find it! This beautifully produced publication literally takes a microscope into the forest, providing fascinating information on majestic trees, flowers with awe-inspiring beauty, and an incredible display of animal and insect life. No matter where you open this magazine, the beauty in its pages will make it hard to put back down!”

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