Fast News for March 22, 2011

Fast News for March 22, 2011 SPD MEDIA MIX is our regular list of publication design, digital, and media news and updates. Please send your links and news items to SPD at mail@spd.org and we'll add them to the Mix.

>> Back in Print: Why have four big-time editrixes given up their digital gigs to return to print? See what Tina Brown, Brandon Holley, Pilar Guzman, and Deborah Needleman said about bailing on the (purely) digital life.

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>> A July Rolling Stone cover featuring Lady Gaga won a min Readers' Choice poll as the 2010's best cover of a weekly or biweekly magazine. The RS cover edged-out covers from The Economist and Forbes.

>> "The tablet really is a magazine medium. Magazines have been liberated from the limitations of paper. Just because magazines have lived on paper doesn't mean that's what it is. A magazine is ideas and visual style and values." Read more in the MPA Digital: E-Reading conference notes.

>> Inspiration Alert: A new website, MagSpreads.com, bills itself as "the world's #1 magazine design website" -- present company excepted, we're sure.

>> Touchy Retouching: Wired is mired in a controversy regarding their April 2011 cover girl, electrical engineer Limor Fried. Good magazine is claiming that Wired's photo is "an almost cartoonish Photoshop." A response from Fried herself is at the end of the article.

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