1. The New New Republic. 

What impression do you want readers to walk away with after seeing the new logo? 
Creative Director Dirk Barnett: That we are a must-read brand. Obviously it goes beyond the logo to communicate that, but as soon as we designed our first covers with it, we knew we had something vital. And energetic! One of the underlying principles of our redesign philosophy is to bring a new level of energy to the brand.
[more of that interview] [the new republic tumblr]

    The New New Republic. 

    What impression do you want readers to walk away with after seeing the new logo?

    Creative Director Dirk Barnett: That we are a must-read brand. Obviously it goes beyond the logo to communicate that, but as soon as we designed our first covers with it, we knew we had something vital. And energetic! One of the underlying principles of our redesign philosophy is to bring a new level of energy to the brand.

    [more of that interview] [the new republic tumblr]

  2. Time named 2012 Magazine of the Year. Here’s a list of the other winners at the National Magazine Awards:

GENERAL-INTEREST MAGAZINES: Bloomberg Businessweek
WOMEN’S MAGAZINES: O, The Oprah Magazine
LIFESTYLE MAGAZINES: House Beautiful 
ACTIVE- AND SPECIAL-INTEREST MAGAZINES: Inc.
THOUGHT-LEADER MAGAZINES: IEEE Spectrum
DESIGN: GQ
PHOTOGRAPHY: Vogue
NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY: Harper’s Magazine for “Juvenile Injustice,” October
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: The New York Times Magazine for “Touch of Evil,” December 11
SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE: New York for “The Encyclopedia of 9/11,” September 5-12
MAGAZINE SECTION: New York for “Strategist”
PERSONAL SERVICE: Glamour for “The Secret That Kills Four Women a Day,” June
LEISURE INTERESTS: Saveur for “Italian American,” December
PUBLIC INTEREST: The New Yorker for “The Invisible Army,” June 6
REPORTING: The New Yorker for “The Apostate,” February 14 & 21
FEATURE WRITING: Esquire for “Heavenly Father!” October
PROFILE WRITING: D Magazine for “He Is Anonymous,” April
ESSAYS AND CRITICISM: New York for “Paper Tigers,” May 16
COLUMNS AND COMMENTARY: Vanity Fair for columns by Christopher Hitchens
FICTION: Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Hox River Window,” Fall

    Time named 2012 Magazine of the Year. Here’s a list of the other winners at the National Magazine Awards:

    GENERAL-INTEREST MAGAZINES: Bloomberg Businessweek

    WOMEN’S MAGAZINES: O, The Oprah Magazine

    LIFESTYLE MAGAZINES: House Beautiful 

    ACTIVE- AND SPECIAL-INTEREST MAGAZINES: Inc.

    THOUGHT-LEADER MAGAZINES: IEEE Spectrum

    DESIGN: GQ

    PHOTOGRAPHY: Vogue

    NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY: Harper’s Magazine for “Juvenile Injustice,” October

    FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: The New York Times Magazine for “Touch of Evil,” December 11

    SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE: New York for “The Encyclopedia of 9/11,” September 5-12

    MAGAZINE SECTION: New York for “Strategist”

    PERSONAL SERVICE: Glamour for “The Secret That Kills Four Women a Day,” June

    LEISURE INTERESTS: Saveur for “Italian American,” December

    PUBLIC INTEREST: The New Yorker for “The Invisible Army,” June 6

    REPORTING: The New Yorker for “The Apostate,” February 14 & 21

    FEATURE WRITING: Esquire for “Heavenly Father!” October

    PROFILE WRITING: D Magazine for “He Is Anonymous,” April

    ESSAYS AND CRITICISM: New York for “Paper Tigers,” May 16

    COLUMNS AND COMMENTARY: Vanity Fair for columns by Christopher Hitchens

    FICTION: Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Hox River Window,” Fall

  3. Newspapers are America’s fastest-shrinking industry. A bleak outlook for print. Also see: The collapse of print advertising in one graph.  [the atlantic]

    Newspapers are America’s fastest-shrinking industry. A bleak outlook for print. Also see: The collapse of print advertising in one graph.  [the atlantic]

  4. Oh, I see what you did there. [via]

    Oh, I see what you did there. [via]

  5. The best and worst magazine sellers of 2011. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, Mila Kunis was the most profitable cover girl last year. Kunis graced the cover of “GQ’s best selling issue, drove sales up 15% with her W cover and over performed with Cosmo.”

    Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake tanked (and not just at the box office, ahem, In Time). His two covers, for W and Esquire, were the worst-selling issues for each publication (selling 15K copies and 73K copies respectively). [source]