UCSD’s TRITON MAGAZINE
Raymond Hardie was the founding editor of the UC San Diego alumni magazine, launched in 2004. He remained as editor for 10 years and left after publishing the September 2014 issue. The above visual represents 10 years of covers.
Before the publication of the new magazine, we produced a 60-page proposal that included analysis of the alumni readership, budgeting, and various structural and layout possibilities for discussion with university leadership.
The magazine was launched with the intention of equally privileging University research and our alumni community. Our mandate was to print narratives that informed, entertained and hopefully filled alumni, donors and friends with a well-deserved sense of pride. The first issue was mailed to over 80,000 alumni.
Each issue of the magazine presented us with the challenge of choosing from an abundance of stories and each individual issue was only part of the ongoing story of the successes of UC San Diego and its graduates. These ranged from features on scientific research in the university to features on alumni entrepreneurs (cover, left), to television writers and producers, to politicians and best-selling authors.
Bringing those stories to UCSD alumni for 10 years was an interesting and rewarding challenge, in that we were constantly working to achieve a balance between university news and the stories of alumni achievements.
Hardie started at Stanford magazine, as the editor of their the Centennial issue.
After the publication of this special issue, he became senior editor on the bimonthly magazine, working on 40 issues, editing and also writing features.
In 1995, Hardie conceived and edited a book on the Stanford Memorial Church. Glory of Angels contains three essays and over 30 photos and illustrations of the Stanford Memorial Church. This also involved historical research in the photo archives. The research, writing and editing of the captions were particularly challenging but also deeply satisfying.