I agree the product issue was not very inspirational. And that's saying a lot for me because I actually LOVE the ads. I love seeing new products and how manufactors choose to display them. I think I spend as much time checking out the ads as I do everything else in the mag. I think the part that is missing is layouts. I can get through CK....read it pretty quickly and be okay with not picking it up again. I'm getting used to the new format but I keep wanting to see more of Elizabeth K.'s work and I'm disappointed that there are only a couple in each issue.
I too can pick out a LO by it's artist pretty quickly but I think that may have a lot to do with the quality and consistency of the designers work and that I spend too much time reading magazines.
I too am not a fan of Digital LO's, no offense, but feel that there could be a place for them in CK as long as they are not "taking over" when there seems to be so few LO's to begin with. Maybe CK could increase their reader gallery?