KENNY MATHIESON introduces the new look NORTHINGS
AS OF DECEMBER 2005, the Arts Journal is now 'Northings –
Highlands & Islands Arts Journal'. With a new name comes a new look,
a process that we have been moving toward over recent months, and is
now completed with this re-launch.
What, you may ask, is in a name? Since it’s launch in June 2003, the
on-line journal has been called simply the Arts Journal – functional and
descriptive, certainly, but lacking a bit of a ring to it. After much
head-scratching and rejecting of ideas, the editorial team (well,
actually, Robert Livingston) came up with Northings.
As anyone who reads maps will know, northings is the name given to the
second half of a UK grid reference (the first bit is an easting). A
trawl through various dictionaries produced some more definitions,
We particularly liked the idea of progress toward the north, which not
only implied our focus on the northern part of the country, but also
recognised that fact that our ‘home’ area actually stretches quite far
|north·ing (nôrthng, -thng)
- The difference in latitude between two positions as a result of a movement to the north.
- Progress toward the north.
We also liked the idea of ‘North-things’ buried in the name. And,
frankly, we liked the sound of it. So here it is – the new Northings.
Regular readers will find a few changes beyond the masthead as well.
The navigation bars have already been altered, and we hope that they
make for even more obvious route-finding (sorry, I can’t get away from
cartographical echoes now) around the site.
The central panel has also been streamlined and reworked. The Event
and Film Reviews are now presented in a similar style to the news items,
while major features in any given month will be accessible both through
the Current Features menu and via buttons or links in the central
We have also renamed the opinion piece section of the site – formerly
known as ArtsRant, it is now Speakout. As before, everything that goes
into Northings will remain available in the Archive section, also
accessible through the navigation bar.
The name may have changed, but our mission to provide high quality
coverage of the arts in the Highlands & Islands remains unaltered.
We feel the journal has come a long way since that first edition, and
vistor numbers – close to 10,000 indivudal visitors per day in October –
reflect that progress. We look forward to continuing with our efforts
to develop the service even further.