Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Good-bye Domino Magazine

Sunday was a sad, sad day. I read the last issue of one of my favorite magazines.

Domino was the funky, more accessible (price-wise) version of another favorite, Elle Decor. Subscriptions were doing well but ad sales were down as they are with most magazines in this horrible economy.

A friend just gave me a subscription for my birthday and now this. Tears.

I had to give away most of my back issues when I moved overseas so I was glad there was a Domino.com. Unfortunately, that is shutting down too.

There are websites like Apartment Therapy and Decor8 that are fantastic but I love magazines. It's not the same reading things online.

Domino had great layouts and I would flag things I liked for my house that I haven't bought yet. I will miss it.


scatteredmoments said...

What! I love that magazine. I gave all mine away too when I moved. Damn!

milanese masala said...

I've never even heard of it but I think I would have liked it. I have to stop myself from buying home decor magazines because they are literally taking over my home. They're all over the place! As for Italian magazines, I usually buy Cose di Casa and Casa Facile. The latter is great for original decorating ideas on a budget. Anyway, will have a look at the website before it shuts down.

Texas Espresso said...

you and me both! I was so so sad to hear about that. Always looked forward to getting it each month. *sigh* those flag thingys were the best! sniff sniff

I didn't know they were also shutting down the website. that sucks =(

PS - I still have my back issues! yay!

erin :: the olive notes said...

I know :( I follow the new blog of their "Deal Hunter"/Designer Nick Olsen now

He started this after his on dominomag.com got booted. Hopefully he'll have some continuing tips for you! :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

scattered - I'm still broken up about the news.

milanese - I have to check out some of the other Italian shelter magazines. I read Italia Elle Decor and Cose di Casa sometimes. I've never read Casa Facile. I adore shelter magazines despite the fact that I don't own a home.

texas espresso - I liked those flagy thinks as well.

erin - thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it out. The thing is there is no other American magazine like Domino so not sure why Conde Nast didn't shut down another magazine instead.

Fly Girl said...

This is a sad and scary time for publishing and writers. Mags and newspapers are just dwindling away. Shelter mags have been struggling with the economy for a few years, after a big rise in popularity. I think we'll see a lot less of the niche mags and more websites. I know, it's not the same thing..

glamah16 said...

Whats going on in printed media is a tragedy.Im curious to see the fall out with the fashion mags next. Ironically cooking magazines are doing really well. More people are cooking at home.

Kim B. said...

what a mess. they had the subscribers, but ad pages were down. when will publishers think of another business model? (of course I don't know anything about the business, so maybe doing so would make the cost of the subscriptions prohibitive for little old you and me).

anyway, boo ! hiss!!!

it *is* interesting how much mainstream press there's been on the decision to shut it down, though. What a dumb decision.

And to Erin -- thanks for sharing the tip about the blog!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

fly girl - you're right. It is a scary time and I think more mags will be closing down before the economy improves. Sad..more jobs lost.

glamah16 - I just read an article about the cooking magazines in the New York Times. Apparently the ones from "cooks" like Rachel Ray really do well because of the cross-platforming.

kimb - I don't know what the new model would be. Subscriptions are very reasonable, you make your profit from ad sales. Too raise the subscription price too high wouldn't work. I have to say I'm surprised how much press the closing of Domino has received compared to other magazines that have shut down recently. They really had a great niche. I wonder if Conde Nast regrets shutting it down so quickly.