Above: New Mexico's artisans are inspired by the land and our past to create a mix of beautiful and useful goods. Photograph by Stefan Wachs.
CREATION IS RARELY EASY. Any of the artisans featured in this month’s “Makers’ Place” cover story will tell you as much. But they’ll also likely share just how rewarding it can be.
That’s how I’m feeling as our 99-year-old magazine officially unveils its new website. It took an immense amount of work from our entire team, especially Digital Coordinator Mary Robnett. The site positions us well for the future, while building on our past.
We’ve spent more than a year evaluating, reimagining, and remaking every aspect, from the home-page design to the colors of the hyperlinks. All the changes you see at newmexicomagazine.org (our easier-to-remember URL) have been made with our readers in mind. Here are just a few you’ll notice right away.
The site’s fresh, clean look highlights the amazing photography and writing you’ve come to expect from New Mexico Magazine, with more white space and larger photos on our landing pages and articles. Dual navigation menus—one at the top and a “hamburger menu” on the left—makes getting around even easier.
The new responsive design means the site looks and reads well whether you’re at home or on the go. For the almost 60 percent of users who visit on a mobile device, this puts our stories and recommendations for where to eat, shop, explore, and stay just a few swipes away at all times.
With no shortage of events or places to explore in New Mexico, our “Things to Do This Weekend” feature helps you make the most of your days off. In partnership with the state Tourism Department, we’ve added a searchable events calendar to help you plan your getaway and your night out.
But maybe my favorite thing is how much more content you’ll find. Rich landing pages delve deep into your favorite topics—culture, travel, food, outdoors—and create hubs for areas of interest such as ghost towns, Native American culture, and—yes—chile. Guides to some of the state’s most popular destination cities provide inspiration for your next visit. Recipes, collected in one place, feature easy-to-follow instructions and ingredient lists. Weekly “Editor’s Picks” highlight some of our favorite stories from the past, while more web-only content gives you even more reasons to visit.
I hope you check it out and let us know what you think, because our new site is made just for you.