Two projects receive Addy awards

Two projects for clients at the University of Michigan were recognized by the Ann Arbor Ad Club at its February 2011 gala. A poster publicizing the opera Armide for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance received a Silver award, as did the Fall 2010 issue of Findings magazine, published by the UM School of Public Health.

The composer of Armide was Christoph Willibald Gluck, whose patrons included Marie Antoinette and whose musical contemporaries included Antonio Salieri, later to be a significant rival to Mozart. The first performance of Armide was in Paris in 1777, and it prompted much heated debate among Parisian opera purists, as Gluck's composition supplanted an earlier Armide version by the famed French operatic composer Lully. Gluck sought to return opera to its naturalistic roots, believing it had become artificial and stilted.


Another issue of Findings hits the street

The Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Findings magazine has just been published by the UM School of Public Health. This issue addresses the importance of place and location in public health, and in the lives of those working in the field. In observance of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, a feature article written by editor Leslie Stainton examines the impact that service in the Corps had on a number of UM SPH grads.

Other major articles include a look by guest writer James Tobin at the groundbreaking long-term Tecumseh study led by famed UM SPH epidemiologist Thomas Francis, Jr., and a photo essay on the experiences of SPH students working and studying overseas.


New UCDA and CASE Awards for Findings

The Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Findings magazine received two awards in the 40th annual design competition of the University & College Designers Association, held during the summer of 2010. The publication received an Award of Excellence for overall design, and a Silver Award in the Going Green category, which recognizes the efforts the publication has made in furthering goals of environmental sustainability in the magazine's production.

The magazine is printed on Rolland Enviro100, a 100% post-consumer fiber paper that is manufactured using biogas energy captured from a landfill near the paper manufac-turer. Each issue represents a substantial reduction in the amount of virgin timber, solid waste, water, and air emissions compared to printing on virgin pulp paper. Findings is printed at University Litho in Ann Arbor, a Forest Stewardship Council-certified printer, using vegetable-based inks that are 91% free of volatile organic compounds.

The Fall/Winter 2009 and Spring/Summer 2010 issues of Findings won the gold award for Best Specialized or Unit-Level Magazine in the 2010 Pride of CASE V District Awards program. Part of the international Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), CASE District V encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


A New Issue of Findings

The Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Findings magazine that I designed has just been published by the UM School of Public Health. Edited by Leslie Stainton, this issue is devoted to the topic of children's health in the U.S. and around the world. Photographer Peter Smith again took a number of striking photos for the magazine, and my good friend and illustrator Mike McGowan produced two incisive spot illustrations as well. University Lithoprinters did its usual stellar job of printing the publication.


A CASE of Awards

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, is the higher education world's leading organization concerned with communications, marketing, alumni relations, and other related activities. Every year CASE sponsors a competition for a wide range of college and university-level publications, and the judges for the 2010 CASE awards have seen fit to give awards to two recent issues of Findings magazine, the twice-yearly publication I design for the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The Spring/Summer 2009 and Fall/Winter 2009 issues were together awarded a national Silver award for Special Interest Magazines, and the Spring/Summer 2009 issue was awarded a national Gold award for Excellence in Design. The credit and many thanks go to the wonderful folks at the School of Public Health who make this publication a joy to work on.