Graphic Design News: April 23-May 3

Here’s some graphic design news you may have missed:

Meet The Makers

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Montreal Meets is hosting its creativity conference once again this year in Montreal, Quebec. Now in its third year, Montreal Meets was created by François Hoang, owner of Aoiro Studio, to bring design professionals from around the globe together. Event topics include 3D graphic design, illustration, typography, UI design photography and motion. Speakers James White, Radim Malinic, Dean Bradshaw, Raku Inoue, Dana Tanamachi, Peter Jaworowski, Lauren Nicole Hom, Nando Costa, Chuck Anderson, Matias Corea and Julien Vallée will all talk about their experiences, expertise and sources of inspiration. Montreal Meets 3 will be held on May 27th and 28th at the TELUS Theatre. For more information or to register, visit

She Blinded Me With Paper

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PrintUtopia: Bright Skies & Smooth Sailing, Appleton Coated‘s paper-oriented educational series, features the paper manufacturer’s U1X coated printing papers. With an extra-blue shade and ultra-smooth surface, the U1X papers are the most eye-catching of the Utopia brand line with “a published brightness of 100 D65/97 GE.” As Ferkó X. Goldinger, Appleton Coated’s marketing manager, puts it:

Earning see-worthy results, U1X is the brightest paper we make. Paper’s fundamental purpose is to hold ink on top of the sheet and reflect light, allowing the ink to transmit and absorb specific wavelengths. U1X lends eye-catching momentum and unparalleled performance to printed communications, without compromising environmental or economical responsibilities. While coated paper is sometimes perceived as premium, this new piece shows it is remarkably affordable.



Gen Y Art And Design

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Parson The New School for Design‘s Parsons Festival 2013 celebrates many disciplines of art and design from the next generation of creative professionals. Held May 5-24, the festival will include exhibitions, symposia, panel discussions, critiques and special projects. This year, however, Parsons Festival 2013 has special significance, as it is an official event of the first NYCxDESIGN, a citywide event created to publicize and honor New York City’s diverse design scene. Here’s what Joel Towers, Parsons’ executive dean, had to say:

The festival is an exciting opportunity for the public to come face to face with the breadth and depth of work of the next generation in art and design. This annual event enables us to provide a look at the creative process across a range of media, and present cross-disciplinary, collaborative work that speaks to the high level of innovation, critical thinking, and social engagement at Parsons.

For a full list of festivities, visit

“Call Me Maybe” Cards

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Giving to charity just got a whole lot more interesting with The Luxe Project’s “Greetings & Salutations” collaboration with Kid Yeah! designer Sebastian Esche. “Greetings & Salutations” is a collection of business cards that feature “a welcome greeting or a fond farewell,” such as “Call me maybe” or “Greetings Stranger.” The best part about these fast-talking cards is that 100% of the proceeds go to Scope, a charity that advocates for equal rights for disabled people. Not convinced these cards are for you? Think of it this way:

Small talk isn’t always easy—especially for a first meeting. You may mean to send someone on their way with a fond farewell, but what comes out ends up altogether different. So why not let your cards leave a lasting impression for you? Slip them one of these friendly messages—lovingly rendered in a strong typeface—and you won’t have to say a word.

The Grant That Keeps Giving

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Type enthusiasts who have been paying attention know the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum has been trying to raise enough money to cover the costs of moving to, renovating and maintaining a twice-as-big  location 10 blocks away from its previous home. The fundraising burden just got $10,000 lighter with a generous Sustainability Grant from from Hoefler & Frere-Jones (H&FJ) of New York. As a company known for creating typefaces with “deep historical roots,” H&FJ recognizes the museum as an important source for preserving and celebrating the wood type tradition. H&FJ president Jonathan Hoefler explains:

We’re delighted to help Hamilton secure the future of their new home. Their curatorial mission, combined with an ongoing commitment to relevant and exciting programming, makes Hamilton a vibrant institution to both their community and ours. I hope others in the design community will join us in supporting their important work.

The $10,000 will go toward helping Hamilton Wood Type raise an additional $200,000, up from the $240,000 it raised since November 2012 to help cover sorting and shipping trailers filled with printing history materials. Make a contribution of your own by visiting the Hamilton website at


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