This issue of Design Engineering is the last in the present form. From February next year, there will, as the song goes, be some changes made. To produce a truly comprehensive package for the design engineer, Miller-Freeman is launching Design Engineering in the new year with a brighter look to a bigger audience. The result will be a truly outstanding package that will give 30,000 design engineers everything they are looking for in a publication: news, technology, opinions, reviews and products. Simply put, it will be the best publication in the business.

Heading up the new publication will be Maria Harding, who some of you may know is presently the editor of What’s New in Design. Maria’s goal is to make sure that you, the reader, need no other publication from which to source information. Personally, I’d like to wish Maria the very best in this very demanding role.

And, although it’s sad that this is the last time that my face will grace this editorial page, I won’t be retiring from the business altogether. To complement the new Design Engineering publication, I’m co-ordinating the development of the Design Engineering Web site. So if you don’t have a connection to the World Wide Web at the moment, you really will be missing something if you don’t get one pretty darn quick.

Some of you might have seen a demo of this site if you stopped by our stand at Manufacturing Week. For those of you that didn’t, it’s really pretty mindblowing stuff. Rather than the usual run of the mill stuff that you find on most WWW sites, our site will be really different. We will have virtual exhibitions, rolling news feeds, fun and games and free software you can download and try out.

To make all this happen, Miller Freeman has invested loads of money, time and resources in the whole shooting match. It’s our aim to take the design market by storm next year. It’s all going to be bigger and better than ever before.

My sincere thanks to both the readers and the advertisers who have supported the ‘old style’ Design Engineering over the past few years. It’s been fun. But the best is yet to come.