IDG’s PC World Honored with Three Maggie Awards

San Francisco, CA; April 26, 1999 – At an award ceremony held in Los Angeles during the annual Folio: West show, the Western Publications Association (WPA) presented PC World with three prestigious 1999 Maggie Awards for design and editorial excellence. The clear leader in high-tech publishing, PC World has won an unparalleled 16 Maggies since 1988.

Also the winner of the 1999 Grand Neal Award-and nominated for a 1999 National Magazine Award-"Privacy in the Internet Age" earned the "Best Theme Issue/Consumer" prize, for its in-depth series of features, product reviews, how-to stories, and investigative news reports. The theme issue explores the hot-button topics of data mining and data resellers, e-commerce and credit card fraud, identity theft, corporate hacking, and aggressive marketing tactics-and reveals what can be done to combat the loss of privacy in an increasingly wired world. The award-winning articles can be found online at:

Adding to its long list of design accolades, PC World also took home two Maggies for innovation in design: "Best Color Editorial Layout/Consumer" and "Best Single Editorial Illustration/Consumer," both for its July 1998 review "Pump Up Your Browser." Digital illustrator Glenn Matsui provided a witty and eye-grabbing commentary on the review's "bodybuilding" theme, as well as clear and readable icons to help readers navigate through the wealth of information within the story. The layout was designed by PC World associate art director Carolyn Perot and supervised by art director Robert Kanes.

"Theme issues are a true test of a magazine's editorial and design resources. And yet again, PC World's talented staff rose to the challenge. 'Privacy in the Internet Age' surpassed expectations, combining both editorial excellence and design innovation to achieve the highest standard of service journalism," applauded Cathryn Baskin, editor-in-chief of PC World. "Moreover, artistic design is as critical to a magazine's success as the words between its covers, which is why we are very proud to receive these laurels for our spirited illustrations and layout."

Hosted by the Western Publications Association, the 43rd Annual Maggie Awards honored the year's finest in editorial and design in magazines, tabloids, newsletters and new media published in or distributed to the 14 western states. The WPA's membership represents more than 500 consumer and trade publications. This year, more than 1,700 entries were judged in 80 categories, according to strict guidelines for editorial and design excellence.

PC World was a finalist in an impressive 12 categories:

Best Overall–Computers and Telecommunications/Consumer

July 98 issue

Best Online Publication

Best Feature Article/Consumer

Store Wars, Feb. 98

Best How-to Article/Consumer

Going Private, Sept. 98

Best Regularly Featured Dept., Section, or Column/Consumer

@Home Office, June/Oct./Nov. 98

Best News Story/Consumer

PC Repair Rip-off, April 98

Best Color Editorial Layout/Consumer

The 7 Smartest PC Upgrades for Under $200, Dec. 98

Best Color Editorial Layout/Consumer

Pump Up Your Browser, July 98

Best Single Editorial Illustration/Consumer

Pump Up Your Browser, July 98

Best Single Editorial Photography/Consumer

No-Hassle Hookups, May 98

Best Overall Design/Consumer

Sept. 98 issue

Special Theme Issue/Consumer

Privacy in the Internet Age, Sept. 98

PC World is the world's largest monthly computer publication with a circulation rate base of 1.2 million. PC World and PC World Online are published by PC World Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. The PC World Technology Network includes PC World Online (, TipWorld (, Games.Net (, and WebShopper ( and reaches more than 2.5 million unique users each month. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 500 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 240 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. Company information is available at