CBE Website Completed… Release the Balloons!

before-after
I have worked for CBE since Oct. 2007 part time and full time during the years as I subbed and taught at Waconia High School. About 1 year ago we began working on the website process and it took 1 year almost exactly to see its completion (some bumps on the road – we switched developers entirely), but now it is here! My first major website design! It really is great because CBE’s previous site was designed in 1996, and while it was good for the time it got increasing large and hard to manage. I did the complete design from text to images to shell and Datafire Group did all our coding for us. Our CMS system is Drupal. Hope you like!

> Take a look at CBE’s new website!
> And if you want a website designed or refreshed conact me.

-Shalanah Backus

Mutuality – EPA Awards 2009 Most Improved Magazine

Mutuality Before and After (Covers from 2007 and 2008)
Mutuality Before and After (Covers from 2007 and 2008)

The EPA (Evangelical Press Association) just held its annual awards in Indianapolis this last weekend. CBE did quite well! Winning 5 awards total.

One of those awards was second place in awards category “Higher Goals Awards” and “Most Improved Publication”. Above is an image of 2 covers from the year 2007 (in blue) and 2 covers that I designed from 2008. I worked with the editor Megan and saw many changes implemented throughout the publication. On the outside CBE choose to no longer used a template for image placement, but we continued to use as much real art as much as possible but now, only the highest quality. The paper changed to a glossy finish with full bleeds. Also, I helped with some design templates inside for the editors column and a prayers page. Another designer worked on the inside of Mutuality and was given a lot of freedom in design and increased the margins to allow for more white space. Not to mention our great printers, Printing Arts, They print all our Mutuality Magazines.

All in all, I am thrilled to be a part of the collaboration to win this award!

> Read about more EPA awards here.
> CBE’s Mutuality publication

-Shalanah Backus

Design & Layout of Book Published

side-by-side
Still Side by Side – by Janet George
Cover Design and Page Layout – Shalanah Backus

I’m happy to announce my first book design and layout has been published. Currently it is available as a digital download, but soon it will be in print too! The cover and back cover were designed using Photoshop and the inside pages were designed using InDesign.

This book was published by CBE and promotes the shared leadership of males and females in relationships and leadership by giftedness within the church and workplace (not by sex) from a theological viewpoint. Janet George covers several difficult topics and many commonly asked questions about leadership.

-Shalanah Backus