RIP I.D. Magazine

21 December 2009


One of my favorite design magazines announced that it was closing it’s doors after 55 years. I.D. Magazine was the longest running product design publication in the US. It’s sister magazine, Print, will remain open.


21 December 2009, 10:45 pm Pete Barnett says:

This is such sad news. We received a message from the publisher letting us know – I thought I would share the email for those interested in hearing more…

December 15, 2009

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

22 December 2009, 4:56 pm carmen says:

This is sad news and unfortunately reminds me of our slowly dying analog world. I remain hopeful that we will always have both.

I had a sudden urge to find a old rotary phone and USE it!

23 December 2009, 7:46 am rburch says:

That’s too bad, I always liked I.D. I hope hope some magazines manage to stick around.

26 December 2009, 11:56 am Pikaland says:

This is indeed sad news. I love I.D. and I was hoping that they would be the ones that will stay around for a long, long time. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. I just wished that the end was a little bit further for this particular magazine.

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