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How do these different lit mag titles have an effect on its meaning for you (details inside)

Asked by Carly (4360 points ) May 2nd, 2012

I am the editor-in-chief of my college’s new literary journal. We’ve come to the conclusion that we want the title to be one of the following:
Insight Art Magazine
In-sight Art Magazine
In.Sight Art Magazine

Do you feel one is better than the other? And if so, why?
Thanks for the help :)

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fundevogel's avatar

I prefer “Insight Art Magazine”. Breaking up “Insight” doesn’t really add anything so it just seems gimmicky.

Blackberry's avatar

Yes, I don’t see a reason for the hyphen or period. I like “Insight” better.

Jeruba's avatar

Congratulations on your new role and the recognition it represents. I hope you enjoy the challenge and get some satisfaction and great experience out of it.

Forgive my bluntness, but I don’t see any gain in mincing words. If I saw your magazine on a stand with the title written as “In-sight” or “In.Sight,” I wouldn’t even pick it up because I’d know at a glance that I couldn’t trust its care of the language. Of these, “Insight Art Magazine” is really the only choice.

Even at that, I’d wonder what it was trying to convey. I’d think, what is “insight art”? Is this an art magazine? Is it a play on “inside out,” and if so, why? Does “insight” mean to tell me that it’s something new-agey, with dreams and herbs and powders and shamans and drumming and all that? Why does a magazine have to say it’s a magazine? and so on. I’d probably pause long enough to ask myself such questions and then shrug and move on.

If it didn’t both reflect some clear thought and in some way characterize the content, it probably would not attract me.

wundayatta's avatar

@Jeruba is persuasive. This does sound more like an art magazine than a literary journal. It sounds like you are suggesting there is insightful art. The emphasis on “sight” suggests visual art. It doesn’t sound like a literary magazine. Is that what you mean?

flutherother's avatar

Why not the snappy one word title, “Insight”.

Carly's avatar

@flutherother we thought of that, too, but the url is taken. lol

@Jeruba Right now our editing team is working on our mission statement. Our overall focus/theme is to include works that have positive insight to the world around us. Personally, I don’t think any of those titles have a ring to it, but everyone else seems to love the idea compared to the ones we’ve bounced around.

@wundayatta Its going to be half visual art and half literary art. We’re using the term “art” because we’re trying to combine them.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, if you’re sold on “Insight,” I too think it’s at its best and most effective if it stands alone.

mazingerz88's avatar

How about just Insight Art? Or the word magazine needs to be there, right?

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