July 1, 2010, ROYAL OAK, Mich. — DBusiness magazine, Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, garnered four awards from The Alliance of Area Business Publications, including a Gold Medal for Best Overall Design and a Silver Medal for Best Magazine. The awards covered regional business magazines published in 2009, and were judged by a panel of industry leaders. This is the second year that DBusiness entered the editorial and design awards. Last year, the magazine won two awards (covering magazines published in 2008). Below are the comments for the 2010 awards.
Best Overall Design
Gold: DBusiness; R.J. King, editor
From the exquisite logo to the elegant typography to the attention-getting section labels, the design choices throughout this magazine give the content a clean, contemporary look and feel. There is savvy use of color in the subhead typography. Illustrations are well chosen and presented. And infographics also are used effectively.
Silver: DBusiness, R.J. King, editor
Detroit is ground zero for the economic woes that have plagued the nation’s economy during this recession, but covering the Motor City during the U.S. automobile industry’s darkest moments was just one of the topics this magazine handled. A clear, narrative voice that is present in a wide array of feature stories, profiles, and briefs reflects that this business community isn’t just about cars. All of this is packaged in pages that are visually attractive and dynamically designed.
Best Personality Profile
Silver: DBusiness, Rick Bohy, writer; R.J. King, editor; David Mesrey, managing editor
An engaging, delightful read about a retailer whose knack for spotting consumer trends helped transform a countertop operation in his father’s hardware store into a global business.
Bronze: DBusiness, R.J. King, editor; Ben Weisbrodt, creative director
The fusion of elements is what makes this cover of DBusiness work. The letter to President Obama emerging into the light from the obscure background and the suggestion of the chief executive’s hands is a forceful way to send a message about the ailing car industry. The elegant logo, effective callouts and nicely placed sticker support the concept and seamlessly unite into an effective whole.