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The Bold Italic

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The Bold Italic
EditorSaul Sugarman
CategoriesSan Francisco culture
First issueSeptember 3, 2009 (2009-09-03)
CountryUnited States
Based inSan Francisco

The Bold Italic is an online publication based in San Francisco. It was founded as an online magazine in 2009,[1] as a collaboration between design firm IDEO and media company Gannett, who sold the magazine to local owners in 2015. In 2019 the magazine was acquired by Medium.[2] In December 2022 Medium transferred ownership of the publication to GrowSF, a local political group.[3]

The Bold Italic covers culture, events, local businesses and news in San Francisco, and is well known for series such as event-based bingo cards, Kid Food Reviews, and Made Up Charts. The style of reporting is often humorous and aimed at a young audience.[4] The Bold Italic was a Webby honoree and an IDSA finalist, and was named best webzine by SF Weekly.[4]


  1. ^ "Strange Fitness". The Bold Italic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  2. ^ "Medium buys Bay Area mag The Bold Italic to add to its paywall". TechCrunch. 2019-02-12.
  3. ^ "This San Francisco political group is taking over the Bold Italic". San Francisco Chronicle. 2022-12-08.
  4. ^ a b "The Bold Italic, IDEO-Designed Online Magazine, Shuts Down". Fast Company. Retrieved 2015-04-14.

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