A Personal Welcome to the New CreativePro

Hi there!

It’s me, Mike Rankin, Editor in Chief of CreativePro.com. For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a photo from today’s CreativePro staff meeting (I’m the one on the right). 

Mike Rankin

Just wanted to take moment to say hi (and thank you for visiting CreativePro) and to let you know a little bit about what’s going on with the site. 

This year has been one full of changes for CreativePro. First and most importantly, we got new owners. Back in April, CreativePro (along with InDesign Magazine) became part of the Creative Publishing Network. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción on a daily basis. These folks have a fantastic vision for what CreativePro can be, plus the expertise and energy to make it happen.

Secondly, the look of CreativePro changed rather dramatically earlier this year. We upgraded a lot of the back end stuff and freshened up the front end as well. We’re far from finished, and you’ll see many more improvements in both the look and the functionality of the site in the weeks and months to come. 

We’ve also made some changes in the content we bring you. We’re expanding our group of authors, adding many fresh faces to familiar old friends, so we’ll have have more original (and awesome) content than ever.

Finally, we really want your feedback. Commenting on articles is easier than ever. No more annoying captcha to prove you’re a human.


And no more waiting for your comment to be approved. As long as you’re not a spammer, your comments are posted immediately. So go ahead, add a comment below (or email me) to let me know what you think about anything—the look of the site, the content, what you want to see more (or less) of, and especially how we can make CreativePro even better for you!


Posted on: September 3, 2013

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of InDesignSecrets.com, InDesign Magazine, and CreativePro.com. He is also the author of several lynda.com video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

13 Comments on A Personal Welcome to the New CreativePro

  1. I have always enjoyed CP, especially Gene, who I miss. Keep up the good work, looking forward to the new improvements!

  2. Thanks for the comment Deni. I miss Gene too! A looked forward to posting that great stuff every Friday. Until we can tempt Gene to come back, at least there are literally hundreds of his old posts still here to enjoy: http://creativepro.com/articles/author/127525

  3. This must be exciting indeed… I love the new look, more clean, less clutter. Keep the good job Mike!

  4. Looking good Mike! Love the new CreativePro

  5. Mike … so, what is the robot saying to you? 

    🙂  Site is looking great. And hallelujah no capchas! I’ve been waiting years for this.


  6. Here’s an article idea… How the Drupal web CMS and an XML export could act as a replacement for InCopy in an InDesign workflow.

  7. He said (and I quote): “My sensors indicate rapidly increasing awesomeness.” He’s kind of a brown noser.

  8. “We’re far from finished, and you’ll see many more improvements in both the look and the functionality of the site in the weeks and months to come.”

    I hope so. You have a way to go before the site is as good as it used to be. There was always something interesting; now it’s a crap shoot. And the layout is as exciting as beige.

    Good luck.

  9. Welcome. This explaines why we lost one of the best – Gene. His articles, and the freebee artices have been the best…

  10. Well it makes sense now. For years I’ve been on and off CreativePro.com. I’d been gone for a few months and when I come back what I find isn’t what I remembered. Seems like someone hit the restart button. So far so good though. It does look less cluttered, though a bit plain. I’m sad to see some of what I remember gone now “Scanning with Gene” etc…But as Burton Bruce said  “When you are through changing, you are through” so on to the next.  My only gripe at the moment is the social media bar that follows the page as it scrolls up and down. It hangs right over the left edge of the copy of the web page…rather annoying (maybe its just my browser?) I know the worlds gone all social media on us now but I really couldn’t care less how many “Likes” or “G+s”  something gets. If it could be pushed out into its own margin that would be great.  

    Best of luck building up the new look! 

  11. Ugh! Bruce Barton not Burton Bruce…I always do that with names! Apologies!

  12. I miss the “wacky website of the week”. Those were great!

  13. Thanks for the feedback. We can look into bringing that back.

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