Summer 2009: From the Publisher – A temporary switch

Words: Bronzella Cleveland

Summer 2009

John Llewellyn

John Llewellyn,
publisher

In 2007, Lionheart Publishing celebrated its 20th anniversary as a custom and contract publisher. Currently, Lionheart publishes six national magazines, including two titles for the construction industry. To learn more about the company, visit  www.lionhrtpub.com.

John Llewellyn

John Llewellyn,
publisher

In 2007, Lionheart Publishing celebrated its 20th anniversary as a custom and contract publisher. Currently, Lionheart publishes six national magazines, including two titles for the construction industry. To learn more about the company, visit  www.lionhrtpub.com.

John Llewellyn

John Llewellyn,
publisher

In 2007, Lionheart Publishing celebrated its 20th anniversary as a custom and contract publisher. Currently, Lionheart publishes six national magazines, including two titles for the construction industry. To learn more about the company, visit  www.lionhrtpub.com.

Regular readers of Masonry Design might have noticed that the cover of this issue is labeled Summer 2009. Earlier this year, I decided it was in the best interest of my company and the readers and supporters of this magazine to temporarily switch to a quarterly frequency. The move allows us to continue to provide this young but vital publication to you and the masonry marketplace, while allowing the Lionheart staff more leeway to bring in more advertising revenue in this down economy. Once things turn around – and I am confident that they will – we will return the frequency to six times per year.

You still will receive the same amount of editorial, covering all the topics we’ve outlined for the year, but the magazine will be printed in four issues instead of six. Our goals for Masonry Design remain the same: to educate and enlighten the design and engineering community about the benefits of using masonry materials in building structures, interiors and landscapes; and to build upon our relationships with industry-related associations so that the masonry community can develop a coordinated and consistent voice to be able to compete in the future.

In addition, Editor Cory Sekine-Pettite is now posting articles on our website (www.masonrydesignmagazine.com) to provide you with breaking news and important stories between printed issues of the magazine. Each issue of the magazine now is available in digital form as well. Think of the digital version as an online archive; you can have 24/7 access to features and columns. You also can share an issue or article from Masonry Design without having to give up your printed copy; just direct your colleagues to our website. Further, most of the companies, materials, products and advertisers included in the digital version have active links to their websites. So if you want to learn more about a particular company or product, simply click on the item or page. Let Masonry Design online be your search portal, if you will.

We think we have a firm grasp on the types of digital content that would be of most interest to you as we move slowly into increasing our online presence for Masonry Design. However, if you have ideas or opinions on this matter, please share them with Cory at cory@lionhrtpub.com.

I also would like to make special note of the fact that we have a new columnist. Architect Dave Branch from Payne and Associates Architects in Montgomery, Ala., will be contributing his new “Endcap” column, providing a designer’s perspective on professional and business issues, trends and technologies, how masonry materials are being used in different ways, and much more. His first article, “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” can be found on page 48. MD

 – John Llewellyn

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