Fast News for October 6, 2011

Fast News for October 6, 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 and we'll add them to the Mix. In other news today...

>> Spinning Down: After 26 years as the premier monthly magazine for alternative music, SPIN is going bimonthly. Starting in March 2012, SPIN's print edition will be published 6x/year, but in a larger format similar to its original size. Last March the magazine introduced an iPad app, SPIN Play, and it has also been developing various digital features like a remix app for its dance-themed October issue. Budget Travel recently announced a similarly reduced publishing schedule. We asked SPIN Creative Director Devin Pedzwater to tell us a little bit more about going bigger but less often:
We looked at our market very closely and determined that the SPIN brand needed to transition from a magazine to a multi-platform media company with a substantial print offering. People look to SPIN magazine for powerful stories and iconic photography. Frankly, our current format just doesn't deliver on that promise. At 9.5" x 12" with much better paper and more edit pages, we'll have the opportunity to REALLY show what we can do.

The successful launch of SPIN Play showed us that our audience responds well to a user-centric digital experience that's inline with the aesthetic of the magazine. We need to apply that thinking to the overall digital space. My creative dream team: Ian Robinson, Michelle Egiziano and Jennifer Edmondson, and I are working on ways to apply our visual storytelling methods to and SPIN Mobile.

We're fortunate to work for a company that believes in the power of print and the value of photography and design. I'm excited to show what the SPIN brand is capable of.
More news after the jump...

>> The Infographic Backlash?: A humorous (and kinda prescient) recent blog entry on Gizmodo entitled "Stop Already With the F*cking 'Infographics'" might speak for a lot more people than the author intended. The entry was coupled with, uh, an infographic about, well, infographics. You get the idea. Another snippet: "Over the last year, the explosion of these abominations called "infographics" has gotten overwhelming. The number of design-deficient morons making these is so ridiculous that you can fill an island with them. I'd do that. And then nuke it." Enjoy!

>> Tablet Talk: All these months later, with some decent subscription numbers and a possible antidote to the iPad in the Kindle Fire, publishers are beginning to find a business out of tablets. On a panel Tuesday morning at the American Magazine Conference, executives from Condé Nast and Hearst said that drawing $10 million in revenue from the tablets isn't far off. 

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