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Jul 28, 2011

10 U.S. Print Magazines That Shut Down During the Last 5 Years

The last five years have been unfriendly to the paper publication industry. In 2009 alone, Crain’s reports that 367 U.S magazines went out of business, while a number shifted into web site only publications, completely shutting down their print counterparts. 

With the decrease in print advertising and the popularity of online media and other more trackable online marketing opportunties, it’s no wonder that the number of magazines that closed down last year still exceeded the number of titles that were launched. Let’s take a look at ten of the thousands of U.S. print magazines that went out of business in the last five years.

Budget Living
After three years of publication, Budget Living closed its doors February of 2006. This is despite a number of awards that the discount-loving magazine has received, including a National Magazine Award for General Excellence during its run.

Domino
Conde Nast shut down Domino magazine and its website in March of 2009 after almost four years of publication. With ad pages falling in 2008, Conde Nast made last-ditch efforts to save the magazine by appointing a new publisher just two weeks before it decided to finally shut down the title. In a press release, Chuck Townsend, CEO of Conde Nast, stated that the reason behind the decision to shut Domino and its website was driven entirely by the ailing economy.

Radar
Radar folded previously in 2005 and relaunched in 2006, just to be shut down again in 2008. Radar magazine published articles on entertainment, fashion, and politics and was been nominated for a National Magazine Award in the category of General Excellence.

Blender
The music magazine Blender shut down in April of 2009, leaving only its website Blender.com as an extension of the now defunct magazine. Former owner Felix Dennis sold the title together with Maxim to Alpha Media in 2007, but in 2008, Blender’s Ad pages dropped 31 percent. Ad pages sank an additional 57 percent the first three months of 2009, forcing Blender to close its doors. 

Portfolio
Portfolio, the glossy business magazine from Conde Nast, ceased publication in April 2009 after a short two-year run. Portfolio’s ad pages from January through April issue fell 61 percent compared to the previous making it one of Conde Nast’s worst struggling titles.

Vibe
The popular music magazine, Vibe, also fell victim to the list of print publications that shut down in 2009. The collapse in print advertising is said to have hit the magazine hard during the last months before it finally folded. The company tried to save the publication by finding new investors. Vibe was founded in 1992 by musician Quincy Jones.

Nickelodeon
After a 16-year run, Viacom finally decided to shut down Nickelodeon Magazine in December 2009. Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami stated in a company memo that it was a difficult decision to make, but the challenges faced by magazine publishing industry had left them no choice but to exit the magazine business.

National Geographic Adventure
The decade-old publication on travel and outdoors has announced that its last regular issue will be the December/January 2009/2010 copy, existing subscribers can choose between National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler instead. National Geographic however plans to keep the brand alive through books, e-books, and a website.

PC Magazine
In an open letter to PC Magazine (Print) readers, Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff announced PC Magazine’s decision of becoming 100 percent digital. The January 2009 issue marked the end of PC magazine’s 27 years of publication in print form. Ulanoff stated that the fast-growing expense of print and delivery was making it unjustifiable for PC Magazine to continue its paper publication.

Gourmet
The 70-year-old cooking magazine that started in the 1940’s had developed a following of nearly 1 million subscribers, but had to shutdown because of a decline in ad revenues brought about by a shift in audience interest to cooking shows on TV and the Internet.

Mar 23, 2011

Spanish HTML Codes

Have you ever had trouble trying to figure out how to place special HTML characters in your programming? Maybe use the ene in Spanish? Here's a quick cheat sheet for making life easier when it comes to coding HTML websites using Spanish characters.

Display Friendly Code Numerical Code Hex Codes
Á  Á Á Á
á  á á á
É  É É É
é é é é
Í  Í Í Í
í  í í í
Ñ  Ñ Ñ Ñ
ñ  ñ ñ ñ
Ó Ó Ó Ó
ó ó ó ó
Ú  Ú Ú Ú
ú  ú ú ú
Ü  Ü Ü Ü
ü  ü ü ü
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Jan 20, 2011

Stuff We Love: Mobile Me Login Page

We love the Internet. There's endless things to find that spark ideas and creativity.

Dropping by Apple's MobileMe login page recently we found another such thing. Look at the video below to see one of the most understated uses of a particle generator we've seen. Super simple. And it actually conveys a purpose showing what the MobileMe service is designed for: mobile devices.

You can check out the site in action as well: MobileMe

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Oct 28, 2010

Fifty Studio in BusinessWeek Magazine?

Make Your Website Pop

Chris Bender, Creative Director
Fifty Studio

  • Have a goal for your Web site.
  • Direct people.
  • Don't be afraid of white space.
  • Keep things fresh.

Read more about what Chris said in BusinessWeek Magazine.