Good design brings reward - Madonna Magazine

Good design brings reward

Michele Frankeni 06 September 2021

Madonna magazine received silver in the Best Design category of this year’s ARPA awards. The entry came close to achieving the top award, with the judges saying it was ‘very hard to choose between Gold and Silver awardees’.

The judges commented on the excellence of the page design and good layouts for all the entries.

‘The publications were all edited scrupulously well, which made it a pleasure to read the diversity of interesting stories.’

In late 2019 Madonna magazine underwent a design transformation. The new design used quotes, subheads, information boxes and captivating pictures to provide interest and stopping points on the pages. Colour and different typefaces were used to differentiate sections. The aim of the redesign was to increase the magazine’s readability, as well as being eye-catching.

The Madonna team is delighted with the recognition of the design and content of the magazine as it continues to strive to bring you interesting and informative articles on spiritual matters in an attractive and easy to read format.

Madonna is published by Jesuit Communications and the organisation’s other publications Eureka Street and Australian Catholics were also recognised at the ARPA awards.

Eureka Street was named Publication of the Year, with the judges citing its ‘authenticity of voice and fidelity to the Gospel’. They said Eureka Street was ‘grounded in the social teachings of the Catholic Church, it addresses issues both national and international, and gives readers access to some of Australia's best public intellectuals.’

Australian Catholics received silver for ‘Who is Jesus’ by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ in the Best Theological Article category. According to the judges, this article was a ‘succinct theological overview of Jesus Christ using a biblical story to convey the context of a journey and encouraging further exploration'’. Also awarded to Australian Catholics was bronze in the Best Profile Story category for the article ‘Elsie's Lessons' by Catherine Marshall. The judges said the author had chosen a worthy, complex character to portray, and that portrayal was done with ‘life and vigour.’

The awards were not held last year because of COVID-19. For more information on the winners and the judge’s comments, see the ARPA Awards website.