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Thinking about embarking on an editorial and/or visual overhaul of your alumni magazine? Here’s a short list of designers and firms with extensive experience in the education market.

Originally published with our blog post, “5 Tips for Planning an Alumni Magazine Redesign.”


Erin Mayes and Kate Iltis, EmDash
916 Springdale Road
Bldg. 1, Studio 222
Austin, TX 78702

A protege of DJ Stout at Pentagram, Erin opened her own design studio in 2006. EmDash is the firm behind perennial award winner Denison Magazine and several others, including HBS Alumni Magazine (Harvard Business School) and William & Mary Alumni Magazine.

Kelly McMurray, 2COMMUNIQUÉ
247 Lark Street
Albany, NY 12210
T: 518-439-2000

2COMMUNIQUÉ creates publications that are content-driven and audience-focused. Creative director Kelly McMurray and partner Chris St. Cyr have art directed and designed numerous publications for clients in associations and education, including Harvard Design Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Nieman Reports, Tufts, Nobles, BizEd, and Williams Magazine.

Point Five Design
118 East 25th Street, Ste.10B
New York, NY 10010
T 212-414-4309

Point Five Design’s Alissa Levin and Benjamin Levine lead an award-winning team of designers, artists, writers, and tech experts. Some of their recent clients are Brooklyn Law School, Columbia Journalism Review, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and Yale Law School.

Rachel Morton, Rachel Morton Associates LLC
467 South Union St.
Burlington, VT 05401

Rachel has redesigned the Miamian (Miami University of Ohio), Emma (Emma Willard School), Regis Today (Regis College), Doorways (Holton Arms School), The Hill (McDaniel College), and many others. She is particularly adept at editorial architecture, story conception, and writing.

Zehno Cross Media Communications
757 St. Charles Ave., Ste. 203
New Orleans, LA 70130

Zehno is a comprehensive marketing firm that specializes in the education sector. The team recently redesigned the University of South Carolina’s alumni magazine, The Carolinian, and Swarthmore College Bulletin; and are working on projects with Texas Christian University, Auburn University, and the University of California, Davis.

Skelton Design
100 E Pennsylvania Ave # 300
Towson, MD 21286
T 410-825-7350

Skelton Design specializes in the education, arts & sciences, and corporate markets. The firm’s editorial clients include Fairfield University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. John’s College, and Johns Hopkins University. Claude Skelton is a regular guest poster on Dale Keiger’s UMagazinology blog.

Tim Baldwin, B&G Design Studios
306 Hathaway Lane
Wynnewood, PA 19096
T 215-582-8718

B&G has redesigned the Penn Stater, Quinnipiac Magazine, William & Mary magazine and Indiana Alumni Magazine, among others. The firm’s award-winning design team has more than 30 years combined experience in consumer magazines and corporate communications. B&G specializes in magazine art direction and redesign.

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