If you're a longtime subscriber, you may have been a bit surprised when this issue arrived. You'll find that all of CT's signature elements are still here: international news delivered with careful, fair analysis; in-depth articles that connect biblical faith to the challenges of this moment in our culture and our churches; and reviews that explore the best of books, art, music, and film.
We've added breathing room to our pages, in the form of wider margins and a simpler color palette. We've adopted the glorious typefaces Periódico and Calibre, among the most intriguing and graceful font designs of the last decade. And as you'll have noticed, we've started calling ourselves what everyone already calls us—CT.
For this project, after a careful search process, we retained José and Nikolle Reyes's firm Metaleap Creative, based in Atlanta. Beginning with their extraordinary work on the music magazine Paste, and continuing with award-winning designs for the Washingtonian, byFaith, and a host of other magazines, Metaleap has raised the bar for clean, clear, and exciting magazine design. José and Nikolle's professional excellence is married to a deep commitment to follow Christ in everything they do. They are models of the kind of culturally creative Christians we hope CT can serve and encourage.
We wouldn't have retained Metaleap simply to help us tweak our existing look—we asked them to give us something smart, bold, and beautiful, and we hope you agree they succeeded.
Why make such a big change? Above all, we wanted to convey how serious we are about serving our readers in print. We are totally committed to serving you online, on tablets, and on your phone—and you'll see our new look reflected in those media in the coming months. (Subscribers to CT in print get full access to our digital offerings as well.)
But there's something unique about the print medium, and we don't believe it's going away. There are amazing things that can only happen when you apply four colors of ink to a blank page. You can take this magazine with you to the beach, put it on a coffee table, or hand it to a friend. Something that portable, that visible, and that valuable ought to be worth every bit that it costs and more.
Good design, ultimately, is about making things both useful and beautiful—echoing God's original design for the Garden, full of trees that were both "good to eat" and "a delight to the eyes." We hope CT is both useful and beautiful to you as you cultivate and create in your corner of God's world.
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