We’re starting the new year of 2018 at FDMC with a fresh new look. I’m an old-fashioned “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy, so we weren’t going for change just for change sake.
We know FDMC readers appreciate good design and graphics. They love to see big, sharp images that show lots of detail.
So, the first thing we did was increase the quality of the paper,
so we could better reproduce photos and art. I think it makes
the type easier to read, too.
This is an expensive improvement, not only in the cost of paper but in added postage to mail the issue, and it runs counter
to many print publications these days that are getting smaller,
thinner, and lighter, and trying to discourage print readership
in general, pushing readers to digital editions.
With better paper to print them on, we’re going to be emphasizing bigger photos and more images. Whether it’s a beautiful finished piece of furniture or a shot of a shop in action, we
know you want to see every detail. But we’re not scrimping on
the space for the written word, either.
In keeping with the new paper and upgraded photo
emphasis, Art Director Aly Kelly
has worked hard to clean up our
layouts and give the magazine a
more elegant and sophisticated
style reflecting our knowledgeable
and forward-thinking audience.
A lot of the changes are
subtle and designed to make
your reading more efficient and
enjoyable. We’ve moved major
features closer to the front of the
book and grouped columns and
regular departments toward the
back, but all your favorites are still
there, including Gene Wengert, The Wood Doctor, and Jim
Lewis talking about his “Lean Journeys.” That allows for more
dynamic display of major features.
Unlike many print magazines, FDMC is growing and
healthy, reflecting the equally growing and healthy woodworking industry that we cover. We will keep on making
continuous improvements, and we encourage your comments
and suggestions. ✚
by William Sampson
New year, new look
More than a facelift, the FDMC redesign is intended to give readers more of what they
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Make a resolution to share your
ideas with others
What great idea have you developed for
your own shop?
We’ve asked woodworkers to share their
ideas with us, from how they do certain
things to what kind of shop carts they have
And we’ve received some interesting
Make it a New Year’s resolution to show
off your best ideas.
You might be helping a shop in another
city, or a company that you may be working
with across town.
If you have a problem and are seeking
help, check “Ask a Woodworker” under the
Community tab on www.woodworkingnet-work.com.
Someone might have an idea for you. ✚
by Karl D. Forth
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