May 1, 2012
Filed under RV Blog
As you thumb or click through this month’s issue, you’ll undoubtedly notice a big change in the way these pages look. Art Director Rick Damien, in concert with the entire editorial team, has completely redesigned the graphic presentation. It’s a fresh look for Trailer Life, a magazine that’s been promoting the RV lifestyle for more than 70 years.
Redesigning this magazine didn’t come without its challenges. Our goal was to inject a contemporary style into the pages while maintaining a very readable posture. Type font and spacing are critical elements, and while we were tempted to follow in the footsteps of many of today’s publications, we elected to keep the type large and more comfortable to read. Departments will be clearly delineated, column heads are cleaner, layouts are bolder and high-quality images will continue to play a vital role throughout the pages.
We also hope you’ll take advantage of our newly redesigned website,
www.trailerlife.com. The upgraded website makes it easy for viewers to stay engaged in the great RV lifestyle by presenting content in a timely manner. Readers are encouraged to toggle between this magazine and the website, enhancing subscriber benefits. And we’ve made it easier to navigate related articles online from resources found in the pages of this magazine.
This month also marks a change in the editorship of Trailer Life. Stuart Bourdon, who has had the leadership role in our sister publication, Camping Life, will take over the reins as editor-in-chief. I will hand over “Driver’s Seat” to Bourdon, who will pen this column starting with the June issue.
Bourdon is an experienced outdoorsman and has towed trailers for many years. He ran the towing program at Trailer Boats magazine, while under the auspices of our parent company. Bourdon’s byline has graced a number of RV tests for this magazine, and he has been actively working with me for a number of years.
I, of course, will have more time to devote to my publisher responsibilities, while keeping my hand in product and technical content. During the next few months I’ll also be developing a new column that will give my perspective on industry trends, campgrounds and the RV lifestyle.
I hope you like the look and direction we plan on taking America’s premiere RV publication. Let me know what you’re thinking (blivingston [at] goodsamfamily.com).
– Bob Livingston, publisher