New website design continues new look for ACES

New website design continues new look for ACES

April 7, 2017 By Neil Holdway ACES News

Welcome to your new ACES website!

This new site is our latest effort to serve the wider variety of editors who have joined ACES and to provide all of you with the information and resources you need more efficiently — and with a little more fun.

The site naturally comes with ACES' new logo and a shift in our identity to reflect our members who edit in several different fields, corporate to news, medical to freelance. That change comes on the heels of an extensive membership-wide survey that measured member satisfaction, organizational relevance and value to editors now and in the future.

ACES hired Clover Partners, based in Denver, to develop the new logo and this website. Clover came up with a design that blends the new and old in the field of editing, combining editors’ traditional love of proofreading marks with a sophisticated typeface and website design that creates a modern look. As ACES President Teresa Schmedding said, “We are keeping the best of what we are while reflecting on who we have become.”

You’ll see that ACES' URL is becoming — again changing to reflect the evolving nature of the membership. Any bookmarks you may have to will redirect you to the new site, and we are retaining ownership of the old domain, so the redirect will be in place for a long time.

Then, the website’s look and navigation is redesigned (we hope you've noticed!) to provide you with the information you want and need as efficiently as possible. We also will regularly measure its usefulness — if you’re having a hard time finding what you need, we’ll fix it.

A few things from the old website may still be in transition, but we have moved over all our coverage and handouts from our national conference in St. Petersburg last month, and from this point on we will continue posting new material. We also have some handouts posted from previous conferences.

The Member Center also reflects the website's new look, but otherwise it is not changing. Your login and password will not change. You will continue to sign up for ACES events through our website. Plus, you still can access members-only benefits, such as discount codes to Poynter courses and the AP Stylebook, and our Tracking Changes newsletter.

In our member survey, many complained about the Member Center. This summer we will embark to improve the online member and event registration experience. Much of the work will be behind the scenes to streamline and improve forms and processes. Your member information, however – when your membership expires, your address and email address on file, and so on – will continue to be accessible.

We will notify you if any action is required on your part.

Ultimately, we will be very much streamlining if not eliminating the social component of our Member Center, relying instead on traditional and popular social media for online communications and networking. Again, we will let you know when that happens.

We hope you enjoy your new website! We look forward to your feedback.

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