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Network’s design talents and company culture honored at Folio Awards

Folio magazine honored Network Media Partners for the second year in a row this past Thursday, December 11 with awards and nominations in three different categories: Standalone Digital Magazine, Overall Design, and App Design. Separately, Folio named Network one of the Top Places to Work in Media.

Among the three nominations and listing as one of the Top Places to Work, Network also came away with two wins. We received the award for best Association / Non-Profit (B-to-B) – Standalone Digital Magazine – 6 or more Issues for Middle Market Growth Magazine. The Folio team also acknowledged our design team’s work with a win in the Association / Non-Profit (B-to-B) – App (Magazine Replica) – 6 or more Issues category for T+D Magazine app.

“It feels great to be recognized by our peers for our work in digital publishing,” said Jen Smith, creative director. “We are thrilled to accept these awards along with our publishing partners.”

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After nominations and honorable mentions in these categories at the 2013 Folio Awards, it was particularly exciting for our Chief Operating Officer Carrie Hartin to accept these awards on behalf of our stellar design department: “It was a true honor to be able to represent two of our clients as well as our entire staff at the Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards. We look to find shared relationships that allow us to deliver an exceptional product for the association members. This has been an exciting way to close out the 2014 year.”

In particular, Network is proud of our nod as one of the Top Places to Work in Media. Acknowledgement of what we know to be an encouraging and collaborative company culture is especially rewarding! In case you missed it, see why our team loves working and growing at Network.

Thank you again to Folio for these hard-earned awards, nominations, and recognitions! We look forward to what 2015 will bring.

Leave a Comment December 16, 2014

Folio Awards finalists announced: Network picks up 3 nominations

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In addition to being named one of the Top Places to Work in Media, Network Media Partners is honored to receive three nominations in the 2014 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards on behalf of our clients. The Folio Awards is the largest awards competition in magazine publishing, recognizing excellence in both editorial and design.





TD magazine, published by Association for Talent Development, is named a finalist in two Ozzie (design) categories:

  • Overall Design – Association/Non-Profit for the February 2014 issue
  • App – Association/Non-Profit (6 or more issues)

Middle Market Growth magazine, published by Association for Corporate Growth, is named a finalist in the Eddie (editorial) category:

  • Standalone Digital Magazine – Association/Non-Profit (6 or more issues)

These nominations are a reflection of the great partnership between Network and our publishing partners. “We are excited to once again be recognized for the creative efforts we extend to our client publications,” said Jen Smith, creative director. “The high caliber of work created for both of these magazines is a result of the peer-to-peer partnership in both publishing teams.”

The magazines are up against some serious competition. See the full finalists list here. ( And wish us luck at the Awards Breakfast on Dec. 11!


Leave a Comment November 10, 2014

Pitching Ideas: 8 tips from Network’s design team for a better creative presentation

Blog_6-16-14_visualFor a creative team, developing new ideas is a daily part of your work. The ability to articulately express and convey those ideas could mean the difference between a successful or disappointing meeting of the minds as you present your ideas to your team.

Network’s design team routinely presents ideas and concepts to our magazine teams–be they clients, editors or fellow designers. And we consistently work to refine our presentation style so that our ideas shine through.

Here are a few take-aways from a recent design team exercise in presenting ideas:

1. Put yourself in the audience’s shoes. Ask yourself: “If I were seeing this concept for the first time, what would I need to know?  What would help this make sense or help me make a good decision?”

2. Don’t present something you are not proud of. Always put your best foot forward.

3. Be confident in your ideas and vision. If you’re not, how can you expect others to be?

4. Be prepared. The more prepared you are, the more apt you are to clearly and confidently get your ideas across.

5. White space is a good thing–in the conversation! Give others time to digest and provide feedback. You’ve had oodles of time to soak in design options and this is the first time they’re seeing them.

6. Be convincing. You are the greatest “salesperson” of your ideas.

7. Pay attention to schemata (the collective way in which we organize the world) and use it to frame or help explain a concept.

8. Pitch your vision. Don’t describe what is literally happening in the comp or visual you are presenting.

See the design team put their ideas to good use in Network’s portfolio of recent work.

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