Design News: March 18, 2010

Bunch of product and service news percolating around the design industry this week, including:

HOW is accepting entries in our Promotion Design Awards postmarked through March 22. That’s Monday, so hop to it! Send us your best work created to promote you, your firm or your clients. Easy entry details here.

Speaking of deadlines: Our friends at Finch Paper are holding a Call for Samples: send 10 copies of a job you’ve printed on Finch, and they’ll enter you in a drawing to win a Macbook Pro–and the drawing will be held during the HOW Conference in the Resource Center. Deadline is June 4.

FOH and business guru David Baker is hosting a one-day seminar just for creative directors and managers: Managing Creatives and Creativity. That’s on April 12 in Nashville, TN. I’ve attended this workshop, and can highly recommend it (all of David’s workshops and retreats, actually). Details available at

Last month, Corbis introduced a new rights-managed pricing calculator that makes it easier to figure costs for images based on usage, format and distribution. Users can see a set of pre-determined pricing/licensing options or create their own custom options based on their needs.

Appleton upgraded its NCR Paper carbonless sheet; it’s now guaranteed to run on all forms printing equipment, including offset, digital duplicators, black-and-white digital, color digital and inkjet.

Neenah introduced a single-ply 18pt. ENVIRONMENT® PC100 Folding Board that’s highly printable and convertible.

Quark has announced a series of free online seminars to help designers learn to create Flash projects in QuarkXPress 8. The seminars begin next week.

Pantone has reduced pricing on its Goe color-specification system, an expanded palette that complements the Pantone Matching System. Goe includes 2,058 spot colors. Visit for pricing details.