You wanted a better Lighting Dimensions? Well, here it is — the first issue from our new and improved staff — managing editor Mark Newman, editorial coordinator Lauren Thompson, and me — along with your veteran favorites — Ellen, John, Aimee and Holly, and let's not forget David Johnson, our Supreme Leader.
For those of who are saying, “Who the hell is she?” let me satisfy your curiosity. I am no stranger to the industry. My background might read more like that of “PR flack” than of “editor,” so you may be wondering why I have the nerve to play the latter. I was introduced to the lighting industry eight years ago, providing marketing communications services for lighting and audio manufacturers when I started working for Jack Kelly, president of distributor Group One Ltd. So, if you decide you don't like me, blame Jack.
Of course, I instantly became enamored with the industry, the people, and the technology. I developed many close relationships, and my involvement became reminiscent of a Godfather-esque sentiment: once you're in, you're in for life. So, when David suggested I join the team here, it was a no-brainer. I get paid to do what I love in an industry I love.
That's enough about me. Let's talk about what you came to see: change. David talked last month about changes; that evolution continues this month. We've got a great issue here, with a focus on TV lighting, including Ellen Lampert-Gréaux's report on the Grammy Awards; Michael Kordel's look at the challenges of lighting television; Catherine McHugh's coverage of On Air with Ryan Seacrest; Bob Cashill's entertaining expose of the harsh reality of lighting ‘reality TV;’ and an interesting look at previz for television from Rodd McLauglin and Kim Grethen.
We've got quite a bit of variety, too. For your non-TV interests, there's Mats Karlsson's take on sine wave dimming in “The Silence of the Lamps;” Sharon Stancavage's look at Linkin Park's Meteora tour; Ellen Lampert-Greaux's coverage of the Smithsonian's new Udvar-Hazy Center; and her interview with three students who pulled off quite an architectural collaboration. For those who like to keep up with technology, check out Andy Ciddor's review of ADB's WARP and, of course, the New Products section.
So, admit it, even if it's not fashionable, Lighting Dimensions has a lot to offer. Even the cover is fabulous (thanks, John Scott, art director extraordinaire)! I'm sure you'll want to make your own judgment. I'm also sure that we'll hear from anyone who disagrees, and that's just fine with us. We're all about "the dialogue," and we want to hear from you. Keep in mind we have even more changes and surprises in the wings.
We're looking forward to flaunting our new team like an exposed breast at the Super Bowl, so look for us at Lightfair in Las Vegas, the Broadway Lighting Master Classes in New York, and, of course, LDI later in the year.
In the meantime, let's start the dialogue. Email me, and tell me your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll be waiting.