21 December 2009

I.D. Magazine Fading Away

I have been a reader and subscriber to I.D. Magazine for many years now and have enjoyed reading more about design and product design from its pages. It was announced last week the I.D. Magazine will cease publication with it's Jan/Feb issue. I.D. Magazine has been published since 1954, when mid century design was know as design of the day. It is sad to see a fine publication such as this go away. It was one of only a few magazines with a variety so wide. So long I.D. - I will miss your pages in the future.

Here's the official press release:

December 15, 2009
To Readers, Advertisers and Friends of I.D. Magazine:

Since 1954, I.D. Magazine has served as one of America's leading critical magazines covering the art, business, and culture of design. Today it is with regret that we announce its closure. The January/February issue of I.D. will be its last; subscribers to I.D. will receive Print magazine for the balance of their subscription.

Ceasing publication of an iconic brand like I.D. is never an easy decision, but there are several forces that have worked against its sustainability. Certainly the downturn in print advertising has contributed to this decision, but other factors include the fragmentation and specialized information needs of I.D.'s core readers (product designers) and the plethora of information resources available to them--some for free (online and B2B) and others that are highly specialized and targeted to specific industries served.

F+W Media will to continue producing the I.D. Annual Design Review, its flagship international product design competition, in an expanded fashion online. This new web initiative will feature not only 2010's winners but will catalog thousands of notable entries from past competitions. Going forward, in addition to the I.D. Annual Design Review, F+W Media's Design Group is comprised of the award-winning HOW and Print brands--magazines, books, events, and competitions serving the information needs of graphic designers in all media.

We thank the entire I.D. community, past and present--staffers, contributors, readers, and advertisers--for their support of the magazine throughout its 55-year history.


Gary Lynch
Publisher & Editorial Director
F+W Media Design Community

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