Fast News for April 12, 2011

Fast News for April 12, 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.

>> Two Weeks Short: Newly hired editorial director Michael Wolff has decided to fold both Mediaweek and Brandweek into the group's anchor, Adweek. The siblings each published their final stand-alone issues this week. Look for an all-new and redesigned Adweek very soon.

>> BBW Pads Up: In the midst of a print renaissance of its own, Bloomberg BusinessWeek is launching its new iPad app. A year after a major overhaul, the latest figures had the magazine's ad pages up a whopping 49 percent. Print subscribers will get the app version for free, while non-subs will be charged $2.99 a month for access--a pretty good deal, considering a single newsstand issue goes for $4.99.

>> Order Fonts Just Like Don Draper: In the dark ages of publishing (pre-1990), Photo-Lettering, Inc. (or PLINC) was on every designer's speed dial--because you couldn't just buy fonts like you can now. But in 2003, House Industries purchased the assets of the legendary typesetter, which had closed in 1985 after 57 years in business. Now, finally, the PLINC library is available again. Grab a scotch, fire up a Lucky Strike, and order some headlines. (Grab Mad Men: Season Four here if you need some background inspiration...)

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