I.D. (magazine)

I.D. (The International Design Magazine) was a magazine covering the art, business and culture of design. It was published eight times a year by F+W Media.[1][2]

FrequencyEight times a year
Year founded1954
Final issue2010
CompanyF+W Media
CountryUnited States


I.D. was founded in 1954[3][4] as Industrial Design. The name was later abbreviated to an initialism; in the 1980s the initials came to stand for International Design to reflect the magazine's broadened scope.[5]

Since 1954, the magazine published the Annual Design Review, a juried design competition curated by I.D. staff and industry practitioners.[6]

I.D. won five National Magazine Awards: three for General Excellence (1995, 1997, 1999), one for Design (1997), and one for Special Interests (2000).[7][8]

The last issue of I.D. was published in January/February 2010.[9][10]

In June 2011, I.D. magazine was re-launched online in partnership with Behance.[3] The new I.D. magazine featured user-submitted designs that were curated to offer examples of innovative work happening today.

By March 2016, the magazine's website had been shut down.


  1. Nat Ives (15 December 2009). "A Guide to Magazines that Have Ceased Publication". Adega. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. "I.D. Magazine to cease publication". The Independent. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  3. "I.D. Magazine re-launches as online design showcase". FW Community. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  4. "14 Essential Magazines for Graphic Designers". Web Designer Depot. January 14, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  5. Lasky, Julie; VanPatter, GK (2005). "Frozen Pictures?". NextD Journal (7). Archived from the original on February 10, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2007.
  6. "Annual Design Review". IDOnline.com (official I.D. website). Retrieved July 24, 2007.
  7. "National Magazine Awards Database of Past Winners and Finalists". Magazine Publishers of America. Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2007.
  8. "The Last Page". Advertising Age. December 15, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  9. Allan Chochinov (December 15, 2009). "I.D. Magazine to cease publication". Core77. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  10. "This Just In: I.D. Magazine Folds". MediaBistro.com. Retrieved October 19, 2007.
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