Magazine article Montessori Life

The Montessori Life Environment

Magazine article Montessori Life

The Montessori Life Environment

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Aesthetics involve the mind and the emotions in the judgment of what is beauty and, conversely, what is not. As Montessorians we are concerned with the environment as a place for growth, development, and learning, but we are also aware that the physical qualities of any environment can either enhance or set up roadblocks to that growth and learning. Color, light, texture, sound, smell, and all their attached variations affect how we feel, how we perceive, and how we learn.

We think of Montessori Life as an environment within a front and back cover, an environment whose aesthetics we hope will enhance your reading experience. This explains our interest in your comments via the questionnaire in the Fall 2004 issue. Your feedback was both supportive and constructive. You asked for a more contemporary look for ML, with more visual diversity, more photos, and a more appealing layout that makes the magazine easier to read. And that brings us to our design team.

Some readers may already be aware that there are new designers working on ML, but we'd like to formally introduce them here: Our new design team is MartinRoss Design of Minneapolis, MN, and the principals of that team are Ross Rezac and Martin Skoro. MartinRoss's role is to bring us a magazine that is as aesthetically striking as it is intellectually useful and challenging. According to Rezac, "The process of design requires an appraisal of past issues, discussions of present interests, and considerations for growth in the future. …

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