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The path to the new XRDS

About the redesign
The path to the new XRDS

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Two short years ago, ACM members saw Communications of the ACM undergo a remarkable transformation, in both editorial content and artwork.

A few months ago, a major reshuffle took place at Crossroads, too. The goal was to reshape the editorial team into a diverse, interconnected, and highly energized crew who could reignite this magazine and push it screaming forward into the new decade.

In November 2009, a few Crossroads editors, including myself, assembled at ACM headquarters in New York, with Jill Duffy, senior editor at ACM and this magazine's new managing editor, and Scott E. Delman, group director for ACM's publications department, to completely revamp the magazine. We spent days analyzing Crossroads' strengths and weaknesses, while thinking about how we wanted to change it.

Looking through early issues, which date back to 1994, we saw that the magazine's founders assigned a theme to each issue, a topic that was of the utmost interest to computer science students, and which also gave the magazine a sense of cohesion. Step number one in our redesign effort was to return to that founding vision.

As we incorporated this change, we realized a more important one was taking place just beneath the surface. We were moving away from "student journal" and toward "the ACM magazine for students." It's a subtle distinction to some, but this publication is for you and should be exciting for you to read.

While Crossroads will continue to accept student-submitted articles, the editorial team now also invites feature articles by inspiring people in computer science, written especially with students in mind. We hope that they will spark you to enroll in a new course or grad program, or seek out a fresh path in your career.

Despite the huge revamp of content, probably the most noticeable change is the design. While in New York, we met with Luke Hayman from Pentagram design firm. We told him we wanted Crossroads to feel inviting, contemporary, and young, and for articles printed on these pages to look beautiful. After several weeks, Hayman and his colleague Rami Moghadam expertly put into place the design you see before you.

A key motivator in choosing the final look and feel was finding something that would make you, the lifeblood of this magazine, want to be involved. This is your publication, and we want you to help shape its future.

We want to know what you think. Talk to us via our Facebook group (http://tinyURL/XRDS-Facebook), post on Twitter using #xrds, or email us directly at xrds@acm.org.

You may have noticed that the name has changed as well. How did I forget? This isn't Crossroads anymore. Welcome to XRDS.
        —James Stanier

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DOI: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1764848.1764851

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UF1Figure. (l-r) Luke Hayman, Ryan K. L. Ko, Tom Bartindale, Chris Harrison, Scott Delman, and James Stanier.

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Pointers

Acronyms

BCI

Brain-Computer Interface: technology that reads your mind (more or less)

GUI

Graphical User Interface

HCI

Human-Computer Interaction: a subfield of computer science

TUI

Tangible User Interface