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MOVE magazine honored with Online Publishing Innovation EXCEL award

Association Media & Publishing’s EXCEL Award goes to the recently reinvented quarterly publication from AAMVA

movecoversWhen the AAMVA/Network team began work in the summer of 2009 to reinvent MOVE magazine, we sought to redesign it with the reader in mind. This member-minded focus made editorial and design stronger and provided new opportunities for engagement between readers and advertisers. With the launch of the Fall 2009 issue, MOVE now includes a digital edition (powered by NxtBook) that focuses intently on using multi-media to engage readers and provide additional information and content. With every issue of this quarterly magazine, the team ups the ante, including digital-only features, video and audio clips.

MOVE magazine was awarded the silver EXCEL Award for Online Publishing Innovation from Association Media & Publishing. The category is a new addition to the awards, covering “online media that push the envelope of association media in some way, whether through video, social media, multimedia presentations, or any other new media technology. This category recognizes the game changers—associations that are connecting with their audiences in new and innovative ways online.”

We listened to our audience and they told us they wanted something that had fewer features, shorter stories and something that was online, interactive and searchable,” said Jason D. King, ABC, director, Communications and Public Relations, AAMVA.

We gave our members what they wanted with the new online MOVE and that is why we are thrilled these strategic efforts were recognized not just by our members with positive feedback on the product, but also by our peers at AM&P with this year’s EXCEL Silver Award for Online Innovation.  Actually, thrilled is an understatement,” King said.

It is very exciting to have a client willing to push the envelop with media,” said Chip Boyce, President, Network Media Partners, Inc. “This was a tremendous opportunity for the Network team to help remake AAMVA’s flagship communication property. Because this reworked and multimedia piece was demanded by members, our sales team has been able to build confidence among both historic and new advertisers in the performance of the new digital magazine. That AAMVA goes beyond just re-purposing the print edition and they both invest in digital only content and use multimedia content sets the standard for other publishers.”

The team will tell the story of MOVE at Association Media & Publishing’s annual conference in “From Good to Great: Reinvent your magazine for the digital age.

Can’t get enough? Read about the redesign of MOVE.

2 Comments April 29, 2010

Production Series: Understanding File Formats

There are a lot of file extensions to wade through out there. Here’s a run down to help you better navigate the production waters

To the uninitiated, the wide variety of graphics files out there can seem like an incomprehensible alphabet soup – and new file formats seem to pop up all the time. If you don’t know your PDFs from your PSDs, here’s an overview of some of the most common formats.

Video/Animation files

FLA (.fla)
Native Flash documents – these are files that can be created, opened and edited in the Adobe Flash application. They can include animation, video, and interactive elements. An FLA file would never appear on the web or in a digital publication: It is not the final product, but rather the working file that can be opened and edited again and again. It can only be opened in the Flash application.

FLV (.flv)
Flash Video. FLV files contain video content, which can be played back by Adobe Flash Player on the web. Many websites, including YouTube, use the Flash Video format. FLV files can be played back on their own, or embedded within a SWF (see below).

SWF (.swf)
Stands for Shockwave Flash, or alternatively Small Web Format. SWF files contain a finished animation created in Flash. They are designed to be small enough in file size to be published on the web. A SWF file is not fully editable the way a FLA file would be, but rather is the final product that appears on the web. SWF files originally contained only vector animation, but can now contain Flash video (FLV) elements and interactivity.

AVI (.avi)
Audio Video Interleave. AVI is a format that contains audio and video. One of the earliest multimedia formats, it is still in use, though less common.

Other image files

PDF (.pdf)
Portable Document Format. PDFs are files that can contain many different types of data – text, images, and more – in a single compressed file. They can be viewed in many different programs, as well as on the web.

EPS (.eps)
Encapsulated PostScript. EPS files are image files that can contain either vector or raster image data, or both. They are the most common format for vector graphics, such as logos.

TIFF (.tif)
Tagged Image File Format. TIFFs are bitmap (raster) image files, typically used in print, not on the web.

JPEG (.jpg)
Joint Photographic Experts Group. JPEGs are bitmap (raster) image files that are often used on the web. They are compressed for smaller file size – some information is actually thrown away in order to reduce the amount of data contained in the file. The compression used in JPEGs works best with photographs, rather than images with areas of flat color.

GIF (.gif)
Graphics Interchange Format. GIFs are bitmap (raster) image files that are often used on the web. They can support animation by displaying a series of images within one GIF file. GIFs can also be static. (To view the animation in an animated GIF, you need to view it in a web browser.) Because of limitations on the number of colors they can use, GIFs are better suited to simple images with areas of flat color (such as logos) than to complicated photographic images.

Other native files

“Native” files are files that are specific to one application or program, and are designed to be opened and worked with in that application only. Typically, in order to open a native file, you must use the application in which it was created (usually, even the same version or newer of the application is required).

PSD (.psd)
Photoshop Document. Must be opened in Adobe Photoshop. PSDs can contain many layers and effects that remain editable.

INDD (.indd)
InDesign Document. Must be opened in Adobe InDesign. InDesign documents are the main layout file for many print pieces (and occasionally digital pieces as well) and often are linked to separate image files and fonts that must go along with the INDD.

AI (.ai)
Adobe Illustrator document. Must be opened in (you guessed it) Adobe Illustrator. AIso can contain many layers and effects that remain editable.

QXD (.qxd)
QuarkXPress Document. Must be opened in QuarkXPress. QXD files are layout files, similar to INDDs.

Note: File formats are typically referred to by their acronym (all caps: JPEG) but sometimes instead are referred to by their extension (dot + lowercase: .jpg). The extension is what you see at the end of the filename. Either one is OK as long as you’re consistent, but it’s probably better to use the acronym.

There are many more file types, but these are among the most commonly used in the design and publishing worlds. If you’re a non-designer, familiarity with these terms will make it easier to communicate with the designers you encounter in your work. They’ll appreciate it!

Austin Stahl, Art Manager, Network Media Partners, Inc.

For his next act, Austin will uncover the mystery of raster versus vector


4 Comments April 27, 2010

6 creative ways to stay on budget for creative

Association Media and Publishing and ASAE & The Center co-hosted a lunch and learn session titled “Design on a Dime” last week, including a panel of association professionals moderated by Network Creative Director Jen Smith.

The session covered a number of ideas and insights as to controlling time and money when it comes to design work. A few take-aways:

1. Plan, plan, plan. Use a creative brief or request form to gather all the information you need to begin a project, including budget, business objectives, target audience, schedule and deadlines, design medium, quantity, format.

2. Talk it out. Involve all “stakeholders” from the beginning of a job, including the designer. By bringing the designer into the loop early, she or he will have the right sense for the piece they are creating. Understanding the purpose and goals of the piece is crucial to designing it.

3. Strategize. Try to foresee all uses of a brand’s look and feel, or just know that there may be uses you haven’t thought of yet. A designer needs to know that while they may be starting with a single element, it needs to develop into a larger strategy.

4. Customize artwork. Consider creative ways to make custom artwork: Photograph members or stage props that are specific to your field or industry. When using stock imagery, find ways to personalize the artwork for your audience. This will help you avoid cliche or overdone imagery.

5. Workflow. How ‘final’ is your final copy? Unexpected and multiple rounds of proofing add up. Make sure your copy is as complete and as fully edited as possible before it goes to the design department.

6. Get buy-in early. Don’t wait until the final proof to seek approval from the boss or any other decision-maker. You may end up redoing the piece (and paying for it twice in the process.)

Special thanks to the session panelists: Wendy Bogart, Director of Graphic Design at CASE, Amy Miedema, Senior Director of Communications at American Academy of Audiology, and Rita Zimmerman, Communications Coordinator at American Inns of Court.


Standing: Wendy Bogart, Jen Smith. Seated: Rita Zimmerman, Amy Miedema.

Find more Lunch and Learn sessions from Association Media and Publishing.


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