Magazine of the Week

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Innovation is the publication of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). It comes out 4x/year and it is published at the organization’s headquarters in Herndon, VA. The organization began publishing this title in 1982. The library subscribed to it shortly after FIT began to shift its overall design focus towards sustainable environments and lifestyles in the late 1990s.


The IDSA was founded as an advocacy and support organization for industrial designers. Membership is free and comes with some pretty nice perks: the organization supports student groups and design-related education initiatives, advocates for designers’ recognition and fair wages, offers scholarships and conferences.

In addition, IDSA gives a series of annual International Design Awards, offers members domain names at the .design domain, and puts out Innovation magazine 4 times/year. The organization has also helped put ecodesign into the forefront of American design over the last 20 years.





The magazine itself is elegantly designed, with quirky, striking cover images, fashionably minimalist page layouts and sans-serif type. The fall issue presents the annual Design Excellence Awards. The other three issues of the year often have themes and related guest editors. Recent issues included one focused on design in business and women in design. The content highlights interesting design of all sorts, with short vignettes on cool projects by people at experience levels from student to award winner.

Come take a look!

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Archtober is back!

Grange Rooftop Farm, Brooklyn. Photo by Anastasia Cole Plakias, toured October 4, 2017

It is October in New York City, and that means the return of Archtober! Archtober is the annual celebration of architecture and design here in New York City. Museums and libraries and famous sites all over the city open up for lectures and rare landmark tours. Museums plan exhibitions around it, architecture firms relish the publicity, and the entire NYC interior design, landscape design, and architecture communities get a chance to see and be seen.

There’s a different site of the day every single day, and the destinations are blogged by the organizers, if you’re curious about the places you’ve missed.


Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Photo by Helena Kubicka de Braganca, toured October 11, 2017

The highlighted sites cover a wide range of design goals, from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (19th century gothic-style Episcopalian cathedral) to the Cary Leeds Center for Learning in the Bronx (a center for tennis and sports education which is a joint venture between the New York City Center for Parks & Recreation and the New York Junior Tennis & Learning organization).

Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning. Photo by Randy Rubin, toured October 7, 2017

This being about New York City, of course pundits are trying to game the system by making lists of the highlights of the month’s activities. Here are a couple of those lists:

Get out there and see some great design!

The Morris-Jumel Mansion. Photo by Trish Mayo, touring October 28, 2017

All photos taken from the Archtober publicity calendar.

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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

In the last few years, October has overtaken June as the most popular month to get married. And the most popular weekend of that month is this one: Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend. This week’s MoW celebrates that American institution: the big wedding.


Town & Country Weddings is a spin-off of the popular “Weddings Issue” published by Town & Country magazine every February or March in the 1990s-2003. The issue must have been popular, because in fall of 2003, Town & Country launched Town & Country Weddings as a separate title. It came out 2x/year, in the spring and in the fall, and it contained the usual bridal magazine fair, but targeted at the country-club and jet set. In 2014, the magazine was discontinued, but it had a good run for something that began life as a supplement.



It is safe to say that the usual consumer reading Town & Country has conservative, but expensive tastes. Yet this magazine is more forward-looking in graphic design, layout, and in gowns shown than our other bridal magazines.   The photography layouts are so fashionably minimalist they are suitable for mobile consumption.




This title devotes a lot of editorial to the fabulous weddings of “real” people.  Super wealthy (but rarely famous) ones, but actual human beings.   The style spots use the snappy “Style Spy” tag to highlight wedding pics full of pretty, elegant ideas.  The (larger) amount of space devoted to men’s clothing and grooming is a nod to old-school style not seen in Brides (American) or Martha Stewart Weddings. The jewelry layouts depict astonishing gems by top international jewelers. Also, unlike Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings, T&C Weddings features big fantastic weddings of non-white couples.



The editorials are pared down and elegant.  While many of the styles are very simple, they aren’t necessarily traditional, as this cropped-top bride (Spring 2015 issue) shows.



Bridal magazines can be found easily by this listing in our Periodicals by Title & Subject listing:

And I wrote a lot more about them a few years ago in these two posts:

Have a great weekend!





And also:

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