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Beth Rakouskas

Creative Director, Science Journals

Beth Rakouskas became the Creative Director for the Science family of journals in 2014. Leading the award-winning Science Visuals team, she develops the visual strategy for the Science family of journals and partners with the Research, Insights, and News teams to create visuals that both captivate readers and help explain the science. Beth champions her team’s efforts to give visuals a voice outside the pages of the journal—on Instagram, Twitter, a blog, and a visual storytelling site.

From 2009 to 2014, Beth was Design Director at Science News. She redesigned the website and magazine and launched Kindle and iPad apps during her tenure there. Prior to Science News, Beth managed the startup of the Graphic & Web Design Program for Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, where she was responsible for teaching classes, recruiting instructors, developing curricula, and organizing guest lectures. From 2000 to 2007, Beth was a Design Editor at National Geographic, where she played a key role in the magazine redesign and directed the design of all department pages and occasional short features.

Beth won Folio’s 2018 Art Director of the Year Award and in 2019 was honored as a changemaker in Folio’s class of Top Women in Media.