With the April 2010 issue that combined Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine, we introduced a new design to accompany the new title, Popular Woodworking Magazine. We read all your comments and where possible, tried to address your concerns.
After the April issue delivered to subscribers, for example, we heard from a lot of you that you didn’t like the “tiny URLs” as a way to find additional information online. So, with the June 2010 issue (which is in the mail to subscribers right now), we put all the links from the “Go Online For More…” boxes at the end of each story on our “online extras” page. Now, you’ll have to remember only one URL per issue to get you to all the free videos and related information , for the June issue, that URL is popularwoodworking.com/jun10 (for the August issue, it will be popularwoodworking.com/aug10, and so on).
Another concern we heard from quite a few readers was that the font size of the body copy was hard to read. Now for the record, it didn’t change from the old design to the new. Nonetheless, we want to make sure you are easily able to read the information we print, so we decided to amp up both the point size and the weight of the font. Beginning with the August issue (which mails to subscribers in mid-June), you’ll find the type just a little bit larger and a little bit heavier , and we’re happy to report that we were able to increase it without losing many lines of type. On average, the larger font takes up just a few more lines of copy (the pictures are, however, a wee bit smaller).
As a person who just had to buy her first pair of reading glasses, well, I can report that the August stories that are moving from desk to desk right now for comments and edits are a lot easier to read. Good thing, too, ’cause I routinely forget to put those new glasses in my purse. And with the larger font size, I can take off my regular glasses and not struggle. My ibuprofen intake is way down.
– Megan Fitzpatrick
p.s. Subscribers get their issues on average two weeks before the issue hits the newsstands , and they pay a lot less. Subscribe now and save!
p.p.s. Yes, thank you. I do know that my desk is a mess.