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Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Alumni Magazine



When Vali Nasr, the new dean of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), came on board he was moving in a modern, vibrant direction, and he wanted the 40-year-old alumni magazine to be transformed from a traditional journal of foreign affair topics into an alumni-focused powerhouse, positioning SAIS with the top thought-leaders in the world.


SAIS Director of Strategic Communications and SAIS Magazine Managing Editor Margaret Hardt Frondorf turned to Beth Singer Design to make it happen. Together with a new editorial board, we re-named and re-invented the journal as SAIS Magazine.


By making a bold shift in content and visual convention — one that speaks to, and is written by, alumni professionals in the field of foreign affairs—the magazine gradually became a well-respected journal.

“There is no doubt the publication is helping to ensure a sustained level of interest and support in the institution as a whole. The best thing I ever did was come to Beth Singer Design. You have made so many contributions to our magazine that people are raving about.”

— Margaret Frondorf, Former Director of Alumni Relations and SAIS Magazine Managing Editor

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