Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone!


domino has returned triumphant! Or at least with a enough money to publish for another while.



This shelter magazine developed a passionate following it’s debut in the spring of 2005. It was Conde Nast’s offering into a pool of new independent magazines that mixed interior design, do-it-yourself projects, as well as advice on cooking and fashion. More colorful than Martha Stewart Living, more accessible than Architectural Digest, and more mainstream than Dwell, this title soon gathered a community of followers with Pinterest boards, Flikr accounts, and shelter-oriented blogs.





domino was so popular that when Conde Nast announced its death in the recession of 2009 (along with old standards Modern Bride and Gourmet), fans put together a Flikr account to keep all the images from the magazine available.

This popularity drove Conde Nast and the original creator of the magazine, Beth Brenner, to put together a smaller team of investors to relaunch the magazine in 2013.



This time the title has a dynamic website, with a lot of “click-through” content, allowing the reader to purchase the items the editors have presented. Brenner insists that the sales angle is driven by the editorial content, and that the title is not simply an artsy catalog from your favorite trendy furniture store. I encourage you to evaluate that claim for yourself. Come take a look!

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Designers & Books need you!

Please join us tomorrow for this great event here at FIT’s Katie Murphy auditorium for a nifty program about digital archives, books and preservation, and the designers who make them pretty:


There will be a pop-up bookstore with lots of design books at the back lower level of Katie Murphy from 10:30am-7:00pm. Come see!

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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everybody!


This week’s title is an older one, which we received through gifts. Begun in 1980 by a pair of Oxford students, Carey Labovitch and Simon Tesler, it was a monthly title, focused on the pop trio: music, fashion, and culture. Styled by artists and design students, it aimed to fill a gap between teen magazines and Vogue.



Blitz was a voice for the British Invasion music and style of the 1980s, featuring such popular musicians as Boy George, Duran Duran, Bauhaus, Simple Minds, Morrisey, and Debbie Harry, as well as designers Zandra Rhodes, Katherine Hamnett, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Vivienne Westwood. The editorials put them alongside the artists and stylists they hung around with after hours, and helped the magazine create it’s signature androgynous, graphic, and iconoclastic style.




The issues we have run from April 1985 through July 1987. The magazine succumbed to the recession of 1990-91.

Blitz was one of three magazines begun in England around that time. These helped create the the genre of the “fashion-culture-music-club scene” titles that have become so prolific since (think Sassy, Fader, XXL, V, and Wonderland). These three titles evolved   into major style expressions of the 1980s: i-D, the Face, and Blitz. We have i-D and the Face as well.


For a better look at the styling over the magazine’s life run, check out this title, compiled by Blitz‘s first fashion editor, Iain R. Webb.

As Seen in Blitz: Fashioning ’80s Style


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