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 Australasian Religious Press Association (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 was also awarded runner-up for most improved publication at the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards.

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

At the ACPA Awards Australian Catholics was the perennial bridesmaid with runner-up awards in the Best editorial/column/opinion, best headline, and best cover. Respectively, the awards went to  'Explorations: The mystery of the Trinity' by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ; 'Paulie and the punk rock nuns' by Neve Mahoney; and Australian Catholics Family Life.

Australian Catholics received silver at the 2021 ARPA Awards for 'Who is Jesus' by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ in the Best Theological Article category. Also awarded to Australian Catholics was bronze in the Best Profile Story category for the article 'Elsie's Lessons' by Catherine Marshall. 

ARPA named Eureka Street  Publication of the Year, with the judges citing its 'authenticity of voice and fidelity to the Gospel'. While at the ACPA awards Eureka Street was awarded runner-up for Best Online Publication and runner up for Best Ecumenical/Interfaith story, ‘For the life of the world: savvy and radically Christian,’ by Andrew Hamilton. 

While the team at Jesuit Communications is delighted to have its work recognised, we also want to thank you, our readers and subscribers, for your continued support of our publications.

No awards were held in 2020 because of COVID-19. For a detailed list of the award winners and judges comments, see the ARPA Awards website and the ACPA Awards website.