Our redesigned print edition hits newsstands this week. Here's what you can expect.
You might have noticed this week's issue of Alive looks a little bit different.
This is the result of months and months of work, largely from our designer, Matthew Bailey, who labored diligently to update everything from our logo and cover design to the section introduction pages and the types of fonts we use in print. Some of the changes you'll see here are smaller in nature (goodbye People section, hello Community), while others are more immediately noticeable (see ya, @! logo).
The idea was to advance the design so that it better reflected our editorial content and mission. See, while some might solely associate Alive with a college audience, or view it as a source for what's currently hot in the Short North bar scene, we've worked diligently to build a publication that better reflects the city's diversity, covering everything from the public fallout surrounding police shootings to the arts community's response to the much-debated rollback of the Affordable Care Act.
Yes, we still want to be your weekly entertainment planning guide — see our updated and expanded preview calendars in both our Arts and Music sections — but we also want to make sure we're taking time to report stories that directly impact our city in the present and the future, specifically zeroing in on those areas where arts and culture brush up against political and social issues.
In addition, we've also introduced a handful of new voices and features. This week, former Ohio House Representative Michael Curtin pens our first local politics feature, which will appear on a biweekly basis moving forward. We've also brought in William Evans, founder and editor of blacknerdproblems.com, to write a monthly pop-culture column. Finally, we've replaced the rotating Sketch in the City fleet with a standing artist: Noah Van Sciver. You can read his comic weekly on our redesigned back page, alongside a Sudoku puzzle, which many readers have been clamoring for since before I even started at the paper as an arts writer more than three years ago.
If you've visited our website lately, you might have also noticed big changes there. While these weren't part of our redesign efforts, the timing worked out well, bringing a fresh look and feel to the digital side of things (along with greater functionality, particularly while browsing on smartphones) to pair with our newly upgraded print appearance.
Thanks, as always, for reading, and we hope you'll come back to us each week.