Carolyn Wood moves on

CAROLYN WOOD IS LEAVING A List Apart. Over three brilliant years, Carolyn created the position of acquisitions editor and made it shine, bringing the magazine and its readers such articles as Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte, More Meaningful Typography by Tim Brown, Orbital Content by Cameron Koczon, CSS Floats 101 by Noah Stokes, Designing Web Registration Processes for Kids by Debra Levin Gelman, Design Criticism and the Creative Process by Cassie McDaniel, A Simpler Page by Craig Mod, and over 100 others—each of them vital, and at least a dozen of them essential reading for all people who make websites.

Acquisitions editor was not the job Carolyn wanted, but she made it her own, worked on it night and day, and managed the damned difficult feat of running it independently (to keep it agile) while simultaneously informing editor Krista Stevens and me of every move she made. Carolyn also took on the tricky task of conveying initial editorial and technical feedback to writers as they worked to fine-tune submissions. She excelled at this. Writers loved her.

She leaves us to focus on her print magazine work, freelance clients through her content, editorial and design agency Pixelingo, and creative projects. Among those new projects, Carolyn is editor-in-chief of Codex: the journal of Typography, a quarterly print magazine from I Love Typography, and of The Manual, “a new, beautifully crafted journal that takes a fresh look, in print, at design on the web.”

I write this goodbye here because we don’t yet have a place for me to write it on A List Apart. But that will soon change. Change is all, and even difficult change can be good. We will miss you, Carolyn. Good luck!

25 thoughts on “Carolyn Wood moves on

  1. Who will be the new acquisitions editor?

    Candi Ligutan, initially brought in to assist Carolyn when Carolyn was promoted to acquisitions director, will now serve as acquisitions editor. Carolyn has brought Candi up to speed on processes, writers and articles currently in the queue, potential writers and articles, and so on—and Candi is great in her own right.

  2. Thank you Carolyn for all the awesome work you’ve done at ALA over the years. Thank you Jeffrey for writing this nice goodbye. Good luck to Candi and the rest of the ALA staff. Onward!

  3. Carolyn is one of those incomparable people that deserves to be even more recognized and celebrated for the thoughtfulness and incredible dedication that goes into everything she does. She played a very important part in my ALA article on Burnout and continues to be the written voice of Ligature, Loop and Stem, something that pleases me to no end.

    As Brian said — she’s “top shelf”. Thanks for everything Carolyn.

  4. Looking forward to what Carolyn and Candi will bring us with each of their new adventures! Congratulations and hugs to both of them!

  5. Best of luck, Carolyn! You’re a joy to work with and I know your new paths will take you to great places. Thanks for everything.

  6. Carolyn will be missed!

    I had the extreme pleasure of working with Carolyn in the past. I know the void left after she’s gone too well.

    Now, I’m just excited to see what she does next :)

  7. I dropped a little luv on Twitter this morning, but it bears repeating. Carolyn, we will miss your hard work and tenacious spirit. I’m sure success will follow you in all your endeavors. Thank you.

  8. I can barely believe three whole years have gone by since you came on. So many great articles in that stretch of time.

    Congratulations on all the wonderful new projects, Carolyn, and best of luck with everything you’re doing.

  9. Thanks so much, Jeffrey! I still remember when your blog was my browser home page, the first thing I’d read each day—and here I am on it. I’m basking in the words of what these amazing people, including dear friends, have said here, too.

    There’s not a single day that I take the web for granted, and for me, the web is about relationships more than anything else, and that includes the stories we share. You can imagine, then, how much I enjoyed my job at ALA, because my job was to find people, encourage them, and help them tell their stories at the best magazine on the web.

    What a privilege working with you (though I admit that the greatest prize was sharing a laugh with you), what an incredibly smart team with Krista at the helm, and above all, what a beautiful, matchless opportunity to get to know and work with so many authors, whether aspiring or already published. I felt then, and still feel, so very grateful.

  10. Thank you Carolyn for your hard work and dedication to ALA these past 3 years! I wish you great success with the projects you’re working on now and those yet to come your way.

  11. Carolyn, it’s been an absolutely pleasure to work with you. I’m sad to see you move on from ALA, but thrilled to think our paths might cross again.

    Best of luck!

  12. Big congrats on your work at ALA, Carolyn! The last few years have been some of ALA’s finest. And you’ll be amazing in your future projects, which I’m really excited about. (Having said all that: going into print? What the fuck are you thinking?!) ;)

  13. LOL! I’m always ready for an adventure! Also, some of us are crazy, aren’t we, Mr. Oliver? ;) Thanks for the enthusiasm about my future projects. All these particular online and print publications of ours—ALA, .net, The Manual, Codex—complement each other quite nicely, I think.


  14. Good luck Carolyn. You were a joy to work with and are a person with broad perspective. I’ll be lookin’ at your upcoming projects with great interest.

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