Access magazine spotlights the NCSA’s ground-breaking research, bleeding-edge technology, and brilliant researchers and staff. I redesigned the magazine in 2013, establishing a new identity, grid structure, typographic system, and visual language. The new templating system breathed much needed life to the publication and streamlined design production time to under a week.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is a hub of transdisciplinary research and digital scholarship where University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, and collaborators from around the globe, unite to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society.
The Center also provides integrated cyberinfrastructure—computing, data, networking, and visualization resources and expertise that are essential to the work of scientists, engineers, and scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and across the country.
NCSA publishes Access magazine to highlight research conducted using NCSA resources. By focusing on the human impact of this research and discussing it in a manner that an intelligent layperson can understand, Access has become an invaluable marketing and fundraising tool for NCSA, scientists around the world who use NCSA resources, and the University of Illinois.
Readers include leadership at federal funding agencies, members of Congress, scientists and engineers at institutions across the country, members of the media, leaders in business and industry, and others around the world interested in high-performance computing.
As art director my ongoing responsibilities include:
- Designing layouts
- Pitching at editorial meetings
- Providing guidance for interns and other designers
- Supervising photo shoots
- Collaborating with our visualization experts
- Coordinating external vendors to assure highest production quality
- Conducting press checks