NATO Review’s new design: why we did it

NATO Review’s new design: why we did it

We’ve made some changes to how NATO Review looks and works. But, in the spirit of helping our users understand why we did it and what is new, here is a quick outline of the thinking behind these changes.

We need to start by recognizing that the last 14 years have seen technological transformation at a breathtaking rate. At the beginning of this period, almost nobody had heard of Google and, as for Facebook and Twitter, they were still just ideas. The challenge NATO Review has had to face is to keep covering security, but to do it in a way accessible to all.

And that is the motivation behind our new design, which we are launching with this latest ‘edition’. We’ve made changes so that the increasing number of people who view our magazine on mobile devices can get the same quality as on a standard computer.

We will be more responsive too. Instead of publishing at our normal monthly frequency of a single edition focusing on a single area, we’ll be posting videos, articles and more on a weekly basis. This will allow us to change topic more quickly, adapt to changing news environments and focus on a wider number of subjects.

We’ve pulled more of our articles, videos, photostories and other content to the front. We don’t want our users to have to go through more layers than necessary to find what they’re looking for.

We’ve also made the magazine more visual. We don’t believe that the only way to learn from interesting stories, analysis and opinions is through lengthy articles - even if we have some of them too. And this variety is now reflected in the new design.

We have also improved our search facility. We know that many NATO Review users are interested not just in the most recent stories, but also in some of the valuable pieces done before by us and our predecessors. So now you can refine what you are looking for by date, theme or region. Or all three.

We’ve also made it possible to highlight some older content when it is relevant to today’s news. For example, when Radovan Karadzic is next on the stand in the Hague, we may feature some of the videos we made before outlining exactly why he is there and what he is charged with. As some of NATO Review’s content is effectively timeless (for example, the charges against Karadzic are the same as they were many years ago), we’d like to bring this kind of relevant content to the front more often.

Finally, and fully understanding that not everyone uses social media, we’ve made a few changes to make NATO Review more social media-friendly. NATO Review will be easier to share, like and favourite.

We know that most of these changes are ultimately cosmetic. And that the content – like who we talk to and what issues we discuss - remains the most important part of NATO Review. But we hope that these design changes make it easier for you to access and use that content.

If you have any feedback that can help – good or bad – please feel free to let us know.

Thanks.

Paul King