Redesign (Print or Electronic)

Healthfirst redesigns tabloid-style pub into sleek magazine

The company’s new quarterly magazine is eye-appealing and filled with content employees want to read.

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It takes more than a new color palette and layout for a publication to be recognized for Best Redesign (Print or Electronic) in Ragan’s 2012 Employee Communications Awards.

The new design must be purposeful and the content should be superior, culminating in a publication that employees want to pick up and read. Team members at Healthfirst accomplished just that when they redesigned its quarterly tabloid-style print publication into what’s now called The Q. They are the winners of the Best Redesign category in this year’s Employee Communications Awards. 

Here’s a snapshot of what they did:

  • Content: The former Healthfirst Quarterly Newsletter talked at employees, not to them. The new publication, now called The Q, connects with staff much better. From the type of stories to a consistent Table of Contents in each issue, the publication is no longer “corporate stuff.”
  • Design: The format was changed from a newspaper tabloid to a magazine format. The design is much livelier, colorful, and eye-appealing. Coupled with a heavier stock of paper, the new look is a 180-degree improvement.
  • Results: Employee survey results reveal a tenfold increase in employee-generated comments and requests for additional copies of The Q.

We congratulate the team members who collaborated on the winning effort.

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