Modus Operandi Design is a award-winning content strategy and design studio offering complete turnkey solutions for media brands. For over 20 years, we have successfully launched, produced, redesigned, and re-energized dozens of media properties.

Clients come to us for our bold thinking — and for our unflinching focus on ensuring their success. We’re always looking to collaborate on smart, adventurous, and inspiring new projects.

That’s our M.O. What’s yours?

Harvard Ed. Wins ‘Best Magazine’ Award

Harvard Ed. Wins ‘Best Magazine’ Award

We couldn’t be happier for our clients at Harvard Ed. for winning the Gold Award at the 2018 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards (learn more about CASE below).

We’ve really enjoyed our collaboration with editor Lory Hough and her team — wait, that’s us! — for the past three years. Here’s to many more!

Below, the information from the CASE judges.

Category: Best Magazine (Circulation: 30,000–75,000)
Award: Gold
Winning Institution: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Title of Entry: Harvard Ed. Magazine

General Observations:

This category had a wide range of submissions. Despite that range, an equalizer was that many colleges and universities had a small budget and small team. Our judges were torn by some of the magazines with beautiful designs but poor writing and editing or compelling storytelling but poor designs. The magazines that ranked highest for the judging team were the ones that were not too dense and cluttered and offered thoughtful, intentional, and creative content. We were seeking uniqueness from the typical alumni magazine. The best magazines were also the ones where we felt we learned something relevant.

Judges’ Comments

This magazine has a great personality. The abbreviated name, Ed., is brilliant. Ed. is sophisticated yet feels friendly and engaging. The overall design is clean yet compelling with a great mix of photographs and illustrations. The illustrations bring about a sense of playfulness. The “Intro.” section is vibrant and offers a nice balance of interesting longer and shorter pieces.

The magazine’s content is timely and appeals to both an internal and external audience. Relevant and important topics about education are presented in a variety of ways through alumni profiles, student profiles, campus news, and feature stories. Ed. tackles and presents important and controversial topics like the feature “Goodwill Not Enough” about the lack of educator training to support transgender students and “The Battle Over Charter Schools.” The magazine has positioned itself as a resource and an expert in education and offers interesting takeaways for parents, educators and a general population.

Ed. is a magazine you can read from cover to cover.

• • •

About CASE: The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, and marketing. The Circle of Excellence Awards are awarded annually to magazines whose “superior accomplishments have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results.”


Our award-winning 2017 covers for Harvard Ed.

The Civil War Monitor, Fall 2018

The Civil War Monitor, Fall 2018

What’s Black and White and Red All Over (Again)?

What’s Black and White and Red All Over (Again)?