I must admit that I’ve long been a fan of the Xcell Journal quarterly magazine from Xilinx. This is a high-quality publication that always features a wide variety of interesting articles providing electronic designers of programmable digital systems with in-depth technical information regarding the latest advances in hardware and software technologies, systems, applications, services, and support. Whenever a new issue is published I know that I’m going to be devoting quite some time to reading the little scamp.
In fact, may I make so bold as to mention that yours truly has an article coming out in the next issue, which should hit the streets sometime before the end of this month (I’m going to send a copy of the glossy print issue to my dear old mom in England – she will be able to “dine out at her hairdresser’s” for weeks regaling the other customers with stories of my youth and how she made me the man I am today [grin])
The online version of the magazine is available free and accessible on any standard Internet browser, requiring no software downloads and allowing readers to browse, search, make notes, email authors, and click through to advertiser web sites. (Click Here for additional information, or to download individual Xcell Journal articles in PDF format; Click Here to subscribe – check the box next to "Digital Xcell Journal Subscription.")
Anyway, I was delighted to hear that Xcell Journal has been awarded the APEX 2011 Award of Excellence in two categories: Magazine & Journal Writing and Magazine & Journal Design & Layout. APEX 2011, the 23rd Annual Awards for Publication Excellence, is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and web sites.
"From the dynamic Contents spread to the 'back of the book' Caption Contest, the content is cutting edge, and so are the visuals," says John De Lellis, Editor and Publisher of Writing that Works, which holds the APEX competition annually. "Excellent, top-drawer graphics in a clean layout that 'moves' can't help but complement the well-researched and tightly written copy – not easy given the highly technical nature of the content. But useful charts and infographics reinforce the copy and help the reader absorb the key points in each article. A top-level effort."
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