To say I’m bummed that Domino is closing is kind of an understatement. To me, Domino is the only shelter mag worth subscribing to. The others fall short in that they feature homes that are too fancy/expensive, or just plain not my taste.
I’m not saying Domino is the be all end all (I mean, the February issue was a bit disappointing) but there is something to be said for books and magazines.
One Coco + Kelley commenter wondered if the fall of all these shelter mags is a result of all the fabulous design blogs we have to choose from. I suppose it might be true (although Conde Nast reports the closing of Domino is a result of falling ad sales in a terrible economy), but to me having design books and magazines is so valuable. When you find something you love on the internet, you can bookmark it, but who is to say the site won’t be updated or gone the next time you want to review it?
At the design firm where I work, we have a small selection of design books. I’ve poured through them so many times that I am 100% familiar with each and every page. But seeing the same well-done projects over and over teaches me something that a glimpse of a constantly updated blog never can. It’s looking at something for the one hundredth time that you say, “Oh, now I understand why that color trim works with that room” or why that typography looked great on that poster but isn’t cutting it in my brochure mockup.
My bookshelves are becoming filled with design magazines, the pages marked as inspiration for some future bedroom redesign or edgy graphic design project. My online bookmarks are fabulous, but they’re no replacement.