This fifth (or is it sixth?) generation of the site has come about as a result of listening to our readers and online visitors. Last year, as you may recall, we conducted a series of surveys and discovered that other people didn’t always see the KR site in the ways we expected. KROnline, for example, was sometimes confused with the KR Blog by new visitors. Others found the general appearance too text-heavy and difficult to read and to navigate.
This was a startling discovery. For me, KROnline may be the most exciting initiative we’ve taken in many years—a fresh, distinct online magazine that complements the great print tradition of The Kenyon Review. Readers should locate KRO easily and enjoy it without confusion. We also want visitors to kenyonreview.org to find information about our programs and contests, and to take advantage of a new, secure store.
Addressing these goals and challenges was the driving force in our revamping of the site. But we also realized it was a great opportunity to integrate the design, the look of all our publications. Landesberg Design, responsible for the clean, classy reconception for The Kenyon Review two years ago, has worked with us to create the new website. I’m pretty sure you’ll find it equally attractive, with a stronger graphic quality, and plenty of room for further growth, innovation, expanded opportunities.
We’ll continue to listen to you. Please do let us know what you think, what you like about this new iteration of kenyonreview.org, and what you’d like to see in the future. We’ll continue to listen. We’re in no way satisfied. (But we’re not a little pleased too!)