F+W Media's publisher and editorial director today announced that I.D. Magazine will cease publication after the January/February 2010 issue.
Since 1954, I.D. Magazine has served as one of America's leading critical magazines covering the art, business, and culture of design. The closure is attributed to the downturn in print advertising as well as other factors including 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 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 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.