News: April 2011 Archives

Fast News for April 28, 2011

Fast News for April 28, 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.

>> Nook Look: Barnes & Noble's eReader has really stepped up with its latest version. The $249-dollar Nook Color has added web browsing and email, and even has a budding app store. It gets really interesting when you consider that you can now access over 150 newspapers and magazines on the device.

>> No Zealand: World-famous design guru David Carson has the New Zealand design community up in arms over his alleged no-show at an Auckland design conference. The organizer claims that Carson "was judging a set of awards in northern Spain over the weekend he was supposed to be in New Zealand."

>> Abstract Preview: The Art Directors Club spent a few minutes with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Chief Creative and Editorial Director (CCED) Gael Towey and Conde Nast Executive Director, Editorial Development (EDED) Scott Dadich in advance of Abstract Maine 2011: The Future of Design in Media Conference, which will take place in Portland in June.
Fast News for April 21, 2011

Fast News for April 21, 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.

>> Enter, Sandow: Surface, "the American voice of the contemporary luxury and design world" has been purchased by Sandow Media, owners of Luxe, NewBeauty, and multi-SPD award-winning Worth. Although the company is based in Florida, it appears that Surface will continue to be produced in New York.

>> 40 to Watch: Folio has released its annual Folio 40, honoring the people "creating a new chapter for the magazine industry." According to the magazine, "each Folio 40 has its unique themes, but this year we've found some truly inspirational success stories that emerged from a very rough period." See which of your colleagues made the list.

>> Are We There Yet? Billing itself as the "first iPad magazine created for kids," the team at recently-launched travel book Timbuktu makes a compelling argument for magazines as educational tools--even at the first stages of reading. The app--with a design reminiscent of the legendary Martha Stewart Kids--is available for free in the iTunes App Store.
Fast News for April 19, 2011

Fast News for April 19, 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.

>> I Want My HGTV: Following up on their successful cable-TV-to-print Food Network Magazine, Hearst Magazines and Scripps Networks will launch HGTV Magazine. Premiering in October 2011, the print magazine will focus on home improvement, decorating, gardening, food and entertaining. But the print offshoot will include broader lifestyle content, as well as contributions by HGTV personalities and a look behind the scenes of their shows.

>> Reverse Engineering: In an ironic twist, Conde Nast will be taking their Style.com website into the world of print. The print version of Style.com will be looking to capitalize on the huge numbers of the website (4.6 million unique visitors during the fall shows). The magazine is slated to launch immediately following October fashion week.

>> Webby News: Several magazine websites have been named finalists for the 2011 Webby Awards, to be revealed June 13. What's surprising (or not) is that the magazine sites are under consideration in non-magazine categories, evidence of the general strength of their content and design.

>> Knot a Success: The Nest, the shelter mag spin-off from The Knot, will be shutting down their print version. Citing a lack of advertising support among its many problems, the publishers will continue to produce a digital version of the magazine.
Fast News for April 14, 2011

Fast News for April 14, 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.

>> Trad Pads: Fans of the popular online-only shelter mag Lonny will be excited to see their new collaboration with Meredith's Traditional Home. Also online-only, Trad Home is aimed at the "next generation of design lovers." The premiere issue is 347 pages, including a whopping 200-page feature well.

>> ESPN, The Exodus: ESPN, The Magazine is in the process of consolidating its magazine operation with the home office in Bristol, Conn. Over the past few weeks news has been coming out about staffers who've decided not to make the move to New England, and now we hear that the magazine's talented CD, Siung Tija will be leaving the magazine to become the CD at Bloomberg Markets.

>> Lessons from LubalinHerb Lubalin was one of the most influential typographers -- and magazine designers -- ever. The impact of his work is still being felt in graphic design today. Tomorrow, the Cooper Union's Alexander Tochilovsky will lead participants in a survey of the master's work at the Herb Lubalin Study Center for Design and Typography. Don't miss this rare up-close opportunity to see and learn about Lubalin's work. Register online now!

>> Bon jour, Bon Ap! The all-new, East-coast based Bon App├ętit will reveal its updated look and feel under the direction of new EIC Adam Rapoport and DD Alex Rodriguez (not the pinstriped one) on newsstands next week.

>> Newspaper Blues: Remember the year DVD sales surpassed VHS sales? This feels like that: 2010 marks the first year that Web advertising ($26B) exceeded newspaper advertising ($22.8B). [Note: VHS never came back.]
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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