August 1–13: Graphic Design News

With so much going on in the world, it’s easy to miss some graphic design news. Here’s what you may have missed at the end of July and beginning of August:

Adobe Ideas Gets an Update

In a continued effort to improve its offerings, Adobe introduced Adobe Ideas 2.7, an update to the free iOS app. If you recall from its previous announcements, Adobe Ideas allows users with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to create vector illustrations. As with all Creative Cloud products, the illustrations can then be uploaded to the cloud and shared on Behance. The illustrations can also be refined and finalized in Illustrator CC. Some of the most significant changes to the app include, a better user experience when drawing with Ten One Design’s Pogo Connect Bluetooth Pen, more options for when line smoothing can be applied to the design and increased sharing between different applications. To find out more about Adobe Ideas 2.7, check out the iTunes store.


Adobe Ideas color swatches

Adobe Ideas allows users to extract colors and create a palette.

 Getty Images Partners with Stipple

A new partnership between stock photo site Getty Images and Stipple, a company dedicated to helping marketers ad publishers advertise the products in an image, allows Stipple to access the complete Getty Images library and photography metadata. In a typical Stipple product, consumers can scroll over and click on links within the images. Some of the links offer more information on a specific topic, while others display promotions or special offers. The goal of the Stipple images is to promote e-commerce and monetize the products within the photo. To learn more, visit the Stipple blog.

Image from Stipple

Screen shot example of a Stipple image

A$AP Ferg’s Music-Inspired Paintings

Here’s a combination you don’t hear everyday: a rising hip-hop artist with a passion for  painting. All the same, A$AP Ferg is clearly a man of many talents. While most of the media coverage surrounding Ferg revolves around the August 20 release of his “Trap Lord” album or his popular Devoni Clothing line, his art has been featured in W Magazine. A fan of stipple art and painting, Ferg’s most recent inspiration was John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The artwork, along with another rock-inspired design, can be seen below. To find out more about Ferg’s passions, watch the video he shot with


John Lennon and Yoko Ono painting by A$AP Ferg


Music-inspired painting by A$AP Ferg

 2013 Design Ignites Change Student Fellowship Winners Announced

And the winners of the 2013 Design Ignites Change student fellowship are… Noopur Agarwal with “Natasha Exchange” and a group of students from NMIMS’s Balwant Sheth School of Architecture in Mumbai and alumni leader Gaurav Sardana with “Far(m)ore.” The competition asks designers in the U.S. to create projects that can help solve problems and empower people in developing countries, while being sensitive to cultural differences.

This year, the two winners crafted projects that seek to ignite changes in Mumbai, India. “Natasha Exchange” is a program in which students can operate a food booth with the proceeds going to funding meals for underprivileged students in Mumbai. “Far(m)ore” is designed to help people cultivate compact green spaces on the roofs of buildings in Mumbai’s urban slums. Design Ignites Change rewards each winning project with $5,000 to implement their ideas. The money funds materials and services related to the project and acts as an honorarium for the student and an adviser to oversee the project. To learn more about the student fellowship program, visit the Design Ignites Change website.


The Far(m)ore project focuses on creating green spaces on urban slum rooftops.

Nashta Exchange

Nashta Exchange helps U.S. students earn money to fund lunches for underprivileged students in Mumbai via a food booth operation.

Appleton Coated Releases “Curious About Print: Conjure” Guidebook

If you were curious about Appleton Coated‘s Curious Collection, specifically the Curious Metallics and Translucents, look no further than the “Curious About Print: Conjure” guidebook. In this publication, readers can learn more about the line, the papers and how to best use the various products. The third edition of the “Curious About Print,” interested parties can order a copy of “Conjure” over the phone by calling 888-488-6742 or through the Appleton Coated website.

"Curious About Print: Conjure"

“Curious About Print: Conjure”

Threadless and NPR Hold T-Shirt Design Contest

The My Sound World contest is a three-week long opportunity for the Threadless community of art and design professionals and enthusiasts to create T-shirts inspired by National Public Radio and public radio in general. When designing the shirts, artists strive to show examples of how NPR and public radio have affected their lives. All designs will be submitted through the Threadless website, and the Threadless community will vote on the winning designs. The top prize includes, $2,000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, a private tour of NPR’s new headquarters in Washington, D.C.,  an NPR limited edition Peter Max iSongBook and an autographed copy of the book “This is NPR.” A portion of the proceeds from the winning shirt’s sales on Threadless will benefit NPR and any other public radio station the designer chooses. The shirt will also be sold in the NPR store, with all the proceeds benefiting NPR programming.

My Sound World

My Sound World asks designers to create T-shirts to express how public radio has influenced them.

iStockphoto Partners with OJO Images

On the heels of the announcement that Getty Images had made significant investments in iStockphoto, including reducing half of the image library’s prices by 50%, the stock photo site now has access to exclusive content from OJO Images. OJO Images is a popular, royalty-free commercial image collection. iStockphoto’s access includes more than 31,000 files, which will expand to more than 45,000 premium images by the end of October. To see the collection, visit the iStockphoto website

iStockphoto logo

iStockphoto partners with OJO Images to bring more than 31,000 premium files to its users.


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