AIGA last week announced five additions to its national board: Gaby Brink of Tomorrow, San Francisco; Phil Hamlett of the School of Graphic Design, Academy of Art University in San Francisco; Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt, founder and principal of Kuhlmann Leavitt Inc. in St. Louis; Santiago Piedrafita, chair of the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC; and Robin Tooms, prinipal of Savage Inc. in Houston. The five began their three-year terms on July 1. The board includes additional members who are continuing their terms: Julie Beeler of Second Story Interactive Studios, Stanley Hainsworth of Tether, Zia Khan of Lucid Partners, James Koval of VSA Partners, Debbie Millman (AIGA president) of Sterling Brands, Cal Arts professor Louise Sandhaus, Angela Shen-Hsieh of Visual i|o, Brad Weed of Microsoft and Pam Williams of Williams and House.
Appleton Coated released “U2 Throwdown: Battle of the Finishes,” a new paper promo that demonstrates the different finishes available in the Utopia Two and U2:XG lines: gloss, dull, matte and ivory matte. The piece also shows how gloss and dull varnish and coatings interplay with the papers’ finishes. Submit your own samples of work printed on Utopia.
Royalty-free stock purveyor Bigstock recently hit the 5 million-image milestone. Wildlife photographer Bruce MacQueen contributed image No. 5,000,000: a shot of a bumblebee.
HP recently announced its Electroink White, the first opaque white ink that allows for digitally printing white text on dark papers. And Mohawk released a new series of white-ink-compatible sheets in its i-Tone brand of papers formulated for printing on HP Indigo digital presses. Designers can now spec white type on dark papers, or underlay a base of white ink beneath full-color images so that they print brilliantly on a colored stock. Mohawk’s new Studio Collection includes a range of gradelines, with 23 colors manufactured to perform optimally on the HP Indigo press.
Type designer Jovica Veljović updated his 25-year-old design, Esprit, in a new 16-font family called ITC New Esprit for Monotype Imaging. The new type design is available from Fonts.com and other outlets.
Extensis has launched a public beta version of its new WebINK font service, which allows designers to specify fonts from Extensis’s partner type foundries for use in websites. The cloud-based font-management tool solves formatting and rights issues by serving typefaces for web usage, either via the Internet or via the company’s Suitcase Fusion application. (The latter offers a nifty preview function that lets you see how different fonts would look on a web page without altering the page’s code.) Type foundries offering WebINK versions of their fonts include Darden Studio, Mark Simonson Studio, P22 and Porchez Typofonderie. Visit WebINK.com to test the new service for free.