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RIP, GreenSource

RIP, GreenSource

GreenSource magazine ceased publication in print with it's November/December issue. Creative Director (and SPD President) Francesca Messina recaps highlights of the magazine's design.

"A few weeks ago, I got the word that McGraw-Hill was folding GreenSource, a trade magazine that covers sustainable architectural design, building, and global green issues. For the last 6 years, GreenSource has been "the little magazine that could," with a reach far beyond its small circulation, recognized for the depth of information it gave architects, for its design, and for the illustrations commissioned for every issue.  … MORE
J.C. Suares (1942-2013)

J.C. Suares (1942-2013)

Long-time designer and illustrator J.C. Suares has passed away at the age of 71.

During his lengthy career, he designed or redesigned publications including New York magazine, Variety, the New York Times, Broadcasting & Cable, Connoisseur, Buzz, Inc. and Fast Company. Suares was the founding creative director of Poz and 7 Days magazines.

Steven Heller, in the New York Times, writes:
For decades The Times refused to hire an editorial cartoonist or have art on the editorial page. But when the Op-Ed page was introduced in 1970, Mr. Suares -- with the blessings of the page's editor, Harrison Salisbury, and The Times's design director, Louis Silverstein -- adopted a daring idea: Rather than restrict artists to illustrating only specific passages of text, give them license to interpret an entire article.

The approach helped guide the paper into a new visual era and influenced other newspapers and magazines.

"It was time for a big change," he said in a video history commemorating the Op-Ed page's 40th anniversary. "I wanted the art to be well drawn, and I wanted to create some kind of emotional reaction."

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PCWorld to Fold its Print Publication

PCWorld to Fold its Print Publication

Its the end of an era. After 30 years in print, IDG announced today that they would cease publishing a print edition of PC World in the U.S. to go for a digital-only strategy.

While I was with Don Morris Design were hired to redesign PCWorld magazine twice under the leadership of Creative Director Robert Kanes -- once in 1996 and again in 2001. DMD was hired for the redesign trifecta in 2007. Those redesigns (and style guides) still hold up! The transition away from print is not a suprise, but hopefully an opportunity for PCW to invest in strong, engaging storytelling on their digital network.

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News Corp Shutting Down

News Corp Shutting Down "The Daily" iPad Publication

DAILY ICON.jpegNews Corp. is ending its "bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation" and shutting down The Daily -- launched only back in February of 2011.

According to the press release from News Corp. and obtained by Business Insider:

"As part of a digital restructuring initiative, the company will cease standalone publication of The Daily iPad app on December 15, 2012, though the brand will live on in other channels. Technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff, will be folded into The Post."

A close collaboration between Apple and News Corp before launch, and lead creatively by John Kilpatrick, the publication has pushed the boundaries for what could be done on a daily basis for an iPad publication. Have a look at their innovative interactive graphic, info graphics and designs here at their Design Blog.

The last issue of The Daily will publish on December 15th.

Maurice Sendak Remembered

Maurice Sendak Remembered

When Don Morris Design was producing issues of Nick Jr. Magazine, Editor in Chief Freddi Greenberg hired author Else Holmelund Minarik to create a story called "Little Bear's New Friend," the first new addition to the beloved Little Bear children's book series in over 30 years. Freddi really wanted Maurice Sendak to illustrate the story, reuniting the author and illustrator that created Little Bear. And she decided I was the best person to approach Maurice, who was noted for not doing commissions and not working in magazines. … MORE
Nick Dewar, 1973-2010

Nick Dewar, 1973-2010

We received the very sad news today that noted illustrator Nick Dewar passed away. He was an amazing talent who worked with so many SPD members. His wonderfully brilliant illustrations and strong spirit and creative genius will be missed.

His artist rep Kate Larkworthy has the following posted on her Facebook page:
Nick Dewar--what a lovely man and dedicated friend. I can't believe he is gone in body but never, ever, ever in spirit. They surely threw away the mold when they made Nick. Those of us who were lucky to know him will have a void in our lives forever. Nick is survived by his wife, Sri.

A small family service will be held in Newport Beach later this week. A memorial service will be held in New York at a later date. Contributions can be made in Nick's name to radio station WFMU New Jersey.
Visit Nick Dewar's website for a great memorial to him, and his collection of brilliant work.

We encourage SPD folks to leave thoughts and remembrances of Nick in the comments section.
The tasty brilliance of Cookie magazine

The tasty brilliance of Cookie magazine

Children's/parents magazine Cookie debuted in November 2005, and left the Earth in October
2009. In that four-year run they established a look that was both playful and elegant, funky and chic, with tightly-refined typography and state-of-the-art illustration and photography. Design director Kirby Rodriguez and his art and photo crew were high-level smart in their approach to magazine-making.

And we always loved that multi-colored logo that looked like a mash up of refrigerator magnets and....cookies.

Here's a collection of covers, feature section openers and feature spreads that reprises the beautiful (and oftentimes award-winning) Cookie look. Special thanks to Kirby Rodriguez and photo editor Darrick Harris for pulling together this collection.

The Cookie art and photo staff:

Design director: Kirby Rodriguez
Art directors: Alex Grossman, Kristina DiMatteo
Designers: Nicolett Berthelot, Shanna Greenberg
Photo editor: Darrick Harris
Associate photo editor: Linda Denahan
Assistant photo editor: Rebecca Etter
Photo coordinator: Aja Nuzzi
Fashion director: Jennifer Smith
Prop stylist: Dane Holweger


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RIP: I.D. Magazine Folds

RIP: I.D. Magazine Folds

Fast Company has the story: I.D. Magazine is closing after 55 years. Very sad news. Read more here.

(Photo above courtesy
Fast Company.)
Met Home's Final Issue

Met Home's Final Issue

Earlier this week, despite reports that the shelter category is rebounding, Hachette shuttered Metropolitan Home. Here we take a look at some of the work from the now-final December 2009 issue... … MORE

RIP: Metropolitan Home

Folio: and the Times' Media Decoder blog reported this afternoon that Hachette is shuttering shelter title Metropolitan Home (and presumably the @MetHome twitter account), to focus resources on company mag Elle Décor. Staffers at MH have confirmed the sad news; December's issue is the last.

Say It Ain't So: Condé Closes Four Magazines

Daily Intel, Gawker and Folio: are reporting that Condé Nast shuttered four titles this morning: Cookie, Elegant Bride, Gourmet and Modern Bride. More news as it's known, but not a good Monday morning...
George Pitts: Notes On Vibe Magazine

George Pitts: Notes On Vibe Magazine

As news swept around last week, in e-mails and trending Twitter topics, that Hip Hop bible Vibe would be the latest magazine to close its doors, the response was felt deeply throughout the SPD community. As many wrote to us to point out, the obit for Vibe written by David Carr of The New York Times was a thoughtful and generous reflection, but said too little about the creative teams who have worked to elevate Hip Hop and the specific culture Vibe both reflected, and created. We asked George Pitts, Vibe's founding Photography Director, for his thoughts about Vibe's place in our collective history, and are honored to share those here:

In what was an unprecedented week of devastating losses to our culture, including the deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and the great visionary choreographer Pina Bausch, it was also the week that Vibe magazine folded. The close of Vibe is obviously an event of great personal impact for me, as its first Photography Director, and I've received enough notices from well-wishers to understand that the magazine meant a lot of things to a diverse community of readers.

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GK Investigation > > > Clips finally released to SPD

GK Investigation > > > Clips finally released to SPD


***N*E*W*S*  *R*E*L*E*A*S*E***

After many months of negotiation, and many months of fine tuning the details, the undercover magazine industry investigation group known as GKI, or GK Investigation, is finally able to release numerous clips to the Society of Publication Design, SPD, for use on their blog.
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RIP: Portfolio

RIP: Portfolio

Sad news this morning, Condé Nast is closing Portfolio. From Jeff Bercovici's Mixed Media blog for the Portfolio website:
Our editor in chief, Joanne Lipman, just broke the news to staff, saying the decision had been made "because of financial reasons at Advance," Condé Nast's parent company. "It's not anything that the company wanted to do." She said she was informed by Condé Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. this morning of the decision.

The judges at SPD certainly liked what they saw from this short-lived book, as well as the ASME judges who awarded its "Briefs" section with a National Magazine Award in 2008. Check out some of the awards for Portfolio from last year here, and some of their Medal Finalists for this year here.
RIP: Blender

RIP: Blender

This is not the way we like to spend our Thursday mornings, Universe: Ad Age has the news that music mag Blender has closed. The current issue, with Kelly Clarkson on the cover, will be the last.

Makes our Q&A about the SPD PUB 44 Medal-finalist redesign last fall with Blender CD Dirk Barnett all the more bittersweet.
RIP: Best Life

RIP: Best Life

Word is rippling around, but we've seen the "official" press release, and are sad to report that much-loved Best Life (just recently seen around these parts in NEW WORK) has been shuttered. More as we hear it.
Arena to Close Its Doors

Arena to Close Its Doors

More glum news for our friends across the pond.

As you might have heard, Arena has suspended publication after 22 years.

The final edition goes on sale next week, featuring an interview with The House Bunny's comic bombshell Anna Faris, an exclusive face-to-face encounter with Mike Tyson, a portfolio of the most stunning indie music girls and a report on the rise of the 'new amateur entrepreneurs'.

There's a celebration of '80s cars, profiles of Watchmen star Matthew Goode and maverick surfing legend Greg Long, and the return of Flight Of The Conchords - plus Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher selects his 'First and Last'. There's also the usual pages of fashion and grooming, opinion, music and film reviews.

The April 2009 issue of Arena is on sale on 12 March.
The Last Domino

The Last Domino

We hate it when the phone-tree is put into action this way, but the word spread yesterday like wildfire. Sad news again this week, this time for our friends at the Condé shelter title Domino; this coming March issue will be their last, and Friday, for most everyone, the final day in the office. Breaking with recent magazine-folding-tradition, even the website (and all our Deco Files! -- ES) will be going dark. In farewell, some of the recent work from the Domino team, including what will be the final cover of March 2009: Ines de la Fressange, photographed by Pascal Chevallier and designed by Stella Bugbee. A few more spreads after the jump...
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R.I.P. tDR

R.I.P. tDR

Sad news from across the pond: The Creative Review Blog is reporting that The Designers Republic is closing its doors after 23 years of groundbreaking work. Founder Ian Anderson blamed a number of factors, but noted a potential silver lining:
"I want to go back to what DR was," he says of future plans. "Working hands-on and not through account managers. I've never liked that agency model - it's not where creativity lies. DR accidentally ended up there in order to service bigger clients. I'm not being ungrateful to the people who ran the business side at DR - it wasn't their fault. I'm glad we did it - it took getting there to make me realise that it wasn't where I wanted to be."
RIP: Radar, Again -- and 02138?!?

RIP: Radar, Again -- and 02138?!?

We shouldn't be surprised (we shouldn't, right?) but we kinda believed the "we are open forever" bit: news from the Observer that recently redesigned Radar is closing, again, and will revamp, again, to position itself as a website. Again. Staffers were notified this morning, and are to have desks cleared-out by the end of the day.

And then, to make this gray Friday a little bleaker, word that also recently-revamped 02138 is shuttering as well. Daily Intel has the full report.

To-do for the weekend: buy some friends some drinks...


RELATEDRIP: CosmoGIRL!

RIP: CosmoGIRL!

RIP: CosmoGIRL!

That exclamation point is theirs, not ours -- sad news from Hearst, via NYmag.com, that CosmoGIRL! is folding. 

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