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Livingly Media to Upgrade Lonny

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In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do series, we interviewed Livingly Media’s VP of content, John Newlin. Newlin is in charge of three sites: Zimbio (pop culture), StyleBistro (fashion), and Lonny (interior design).

Lonny launched in October 2009 as a lifestyle and home decor online magazine. It includes DIY tips (one recent article: How To Make Your Own Throw Pillows), interviews with designers, and plenty of gorgeous photos for inspiration. And soon, Newlin revealed, readers can expect a major upgrade:

Right now, we’re redesigning Lonny. It was one of the first so-called “digital shelter” sites, offering PDFs of print publications. We’ve since moved away from that format of replicating magazine pages. Because of mobile, we’ve decided to change direction and build the next thing in this shelter category. On mobile phones, Lonny is hard to read. The new Lonny will launch this spring.

To learn more about Livingly Media, including how the company acquired more than 10 million photos for its archives, read: So What Do You Do, John Newlin, VP of Content at Livingly Media?

Wanted: Designer with Good Taste

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Are you a die-hard Top Chef fan? Do you have strong views about “flavor profiles”? Were you able to enjoy Julie & Julia without becoming distracted by the hideous costume choices for the Julie character? Then clear your plate for this job opportunity: the epicureans over at Food & Wine are looking for a new cook—and by cook, we mean editorial production assistant—to join their New York-based team. Ingredients of a successful candidate include two cups of “proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge, and Microsoft Office,” one cup of solid editorial production experience, and two heaping tablespoons of technical curiosity, all sprinkled with an abiding faith in squash. Interested in user experience and evolving digital production processes? That’s icing on the Black Sesame Chocolate-Banana Loaf Cake.

Pack your knives and apply for this production assistant (design/editorial), Food & Wine job or view all current mediabistro.com design/art/photo jobs.

David Rockwell Brings NYC to LA in Oscars Greenroom

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How do you luxe up a windowless room in the bowels of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre? Architectural Digest poses this question to one designer each year as it creates a backstage lounge for the Oscars. The task of creating the AD Greenroom (the 12th!) for the 2014 Academy Awards (the 86th!) went to David Rockwell. Having perhaps exhausted his interest in Hollywood Regency and cinema magic through his work on the on-stage proceedings, Rockwell looked to New York City loft living as inspiration.

Faced with the equivalent of a basement studio, he focused on “urban simplicity, but married with film glamour.” The latter came in part from actress Susan Sarandon, who helped select works from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences archive that line the walls: on one side, a wall of screens powered by Rockwell LAB software display digital images from socially conscious, Oscar-winning, and Oscar-nominated films, while on the other side, 14 framed works features images from classic screwball comedies—one of Sarandon’s favorite genres.

Stack Succeeds Where Newsstands Fail

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Feed your exotic periodical addiction by subscribing to Stack, which selects the best independent magazines and delivers them to your door every month. “There are piles of fantastic magazines out there just waiting to be discovered,” says founder Steven Watson, “and Stack makes it cheaper and easier than ever for people to find and enjoy them.” Among the deep selection of indie titles that may show up in Stack subscriptions are design favorites such as Eye, Elephant, IdN, and Wrap. The sooner you start with a three-month subscription ($50) or treat yourself to a full year of magazine surprises ($190), the sooner you can learn what city is the new Berlin, what the backlash to the backlash to the backlash against Helevtica means for the future of serifs, and marvel at the heartbreaking tenacity and arrogance of matadors.

House Beautiful is on the Lookout for Writers with a Passion for Design

House Beautiful, Hearst’s shelter magazine for affluent women that aims to deliver expert takes on personal style, decorators’ influences and homeowners’ lifestyles, seeks writers with not only strong reporting skills, but also a passion for the world of design.

The pub pays up to $2.50 a word and many sections are open to freelancers. One thing to remember is that other than a few special issues dedicated to international design, the mag primarily covers home design in the States.

“We are devoted to presenting the best in American design and decorating domestics,” said executive editor Shax Riegler. House Beautiful typically presents insider information using the Q&A format everywhere from the front-of-book to the feature well. “We like to hear directly from the mouth of the designer to understand the decisions they’ve made, their inspirations and how they made it happen. It’s a hard format because it has to be an interesting conversation and not just a transcript of the conversation,” Riegler explained.

To hear more about this pub, including specific pitching etiquette details and editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: House Beautiful.

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–Aneya Fernando

Dwell Delves into Retail with Online Store

eames notebookFrom print to web to…retail. That’s the path taken by Dwell Media, which has parlayed its modern design expertise into e-commerce. The recently launched Dwell Store is stocked with products from the likes of Kartell, Flos, the Bouroullec Brothers, and Grain Design. The site will also showcase designs developed exclusively for Dwell. “Our audience constantly asks us, ‘Where can I buy that?’” says Dwell president Michela O’Connor Abrams. “I am so pleased to now say ‘at dwell.com!’” Start the new year off with a few Delfonics wooden pens from Japan ($10 each) and an Eames notebook (pictured, $20).

Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary Is ‘Life-Enhancer of the Year’ in Wallpaper* Design Awards

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Wallpaper* kicks off the new year with a look back at the people, places, pieces, and phenomena that have raised the magazine’s pulse over the last 12 months. A jury including architect Thom Mayne, designer Ron Gilad, and art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac weighed in to select the winners of the 2014 Wallpaper* Design Awards, which are revealed in the pages of the February 2014 issue (and below). Among the fresh picks is ShaoLan Hsueh‘s Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary. The book, slated for publication in March from Thames & Hudson, is part of a larger, Kickstarter-assisted initiative to help people learn to read Chinese easily by recognizing characters through simple illustrations–the book’s are by Noma Bar. Read on for the full list of winners.
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Creativity, Innovation Are Key at Communication Arts

CommunicationArtsCommunication Arts, a trade journal for visual communications, covers everything from graphic designers to photographers to advertising agencies. The subscription-only mag features in-depth profiles, tips on design trends, book reviews and more.

CA is approximately 80 percent freelance written, and it’s on the lookout for fresh new writers. So what are the editors looking for? Someone who will inspire:

“We want to improve the way our readers work and think, whether that means introducing a revolutionary technique with dozens of potential applications, challenging disparate disciplines to work together in new ways or refuting common wisdom about, say, what it means to be creative or successful,” said managing editor Robin Doyle. “If your article can do that, we want to see it.” CA editors are always on the lookout for stimulating content for “Columns,” “Profiles” and “Book Reviews.”

To hear more details about CA, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Communication Arts.

The full version of this article is exclusively available to Mediabistro AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, register now for as little as $55 a year for access to hundreds of articles like this one, discounts on Mediabistro seminars and workshops, and all sorts of other bonuses.

–Aneya Fernando

Parrish Art Museum, Adidas by Tom Dixon Among Travel + Leisure Design Award Winners

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adidas tom dixonBefore planning your next trip, be sure to review the newly crowned winners of the Travel + Leisure Design Awards, which will be featured in the magazine’s February issue (on newsstands next Friday). The winners, announced today, range from a brilliant Nordic eatery and Tom Dixon‘s Adidas travel togs (at right) to the latest Ian Schrager-meets-Marriott project and an intimate Bhutanese getaway. Many of this year’s favorites will come as no surprise, including the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Parrish Art Museum and Jawbone’s travel-ready Mini Jambox. Meanwhile, 2013 T+L Design Champion Thomas J. Pritzker, executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels, joins past honorees such as Vitra chairman Rolf Fehlbaum, ubercollector Micky Wolfson, and Standardbearer André Balazs. Tasked with choosing “the best new examples of design” in 18 categories was a jury moderated by Chee Pearlman that included fashion designer Thom Browne, MoMA’s Kathy Halbreich, and interior designer Ilse Crawford. Keep reading for the full list of winners.
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Quote of Note | Robin Derrick

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“The branding for the logo was designed to make the magazine look like it had been on the shelf for 50 years, and the challenge was to make it look both classical and also capture the digital newsness of the brand all at the same time. The capital-height lower case ‘e’ is given an italic emphasis to feminize the design, and is a subliminal wink towards the online functionality.”

-Robin Derrick, creative director of Porter, the print magazine from Net-a-porter that debuts next month on newsstands worldwide and via subscription.

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