Graphic Design News: May 16-June 6

Here’s a recap of the industry news you may have missed:

Adobe Acquires Ideacodes

On May 28, Adobe Systems announced it had acquired Ideacodes, a San Francisco-based creative consultancy specializing in design and user experience for a variety of digital products. The new acquisition comes on the heels of Adobe’s announcement that it will focus on its Creative Cloud offerings.

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Both parties are excited about the new direction with Ideacodes’ Emily Chang and Max Kiesler saying:

For the last nine years we’ve worked to re-envision the design of digital products and create the ultimate user experience for their customers. We’re thrilled to join Adobe at a time when Creative Cloud is beginning to take form, the potential to harness the power of connected networks is being realized, and the influence of good design on experience is being appreciated and expected from people worldwide.

Adobe’s vice president, product management, Adobe Creative Cloud Jeff Veen also expressed enthusiasm by saying:

Our job at Adobe is to deliver an incredible experience every time a customer accesses Creative Cloud. The Ideacodes team will help us realize our goal of making Creative Cloud indispensable for creatives worldwide.


Enter the U360 Design Competition

Think you’ve created a printed project that really blows similar design work out of the water? If it has been printed all or in part on Utopia or Curious Collection papers from Appleton Coated, you should enter the 2014 U360 Design Competition. Submissions are being accepted now through Dec. 6, 2013.

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The competition will be judged by a panel of experts and winners will be featured in a showbook and on the Appleton Coated website. Here’s what Appleton Coated’s marketing manager Ferkó X. Goldinger had to say:

U360 showcases the best examples of what paper makes possible. It recognizes the all-around effective, creative role that print communication plays in marketing mix and celebrates design, content and printing excellence.

For more information on how to enter, visit the Appleton Coated website.


The Paper Mill Store Starts Enthusiast Blog

Calling all paper enthusiasts, printers, wedding industry professionals and graphic designers looking for a comprehensive blog that features news and resource information about cardstock, specialty paper and envelops. Look no further than The Paper from The Paper Mill Store.

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Sections on the blog range from Paper 101 to Paper Crafting with insights from The Paper Mill Store founder and 24-year paper industry veteran Brian Cowie. He provided additional perspective on The Paper by saying:

The Paper was created as a resource for paper enthusiasts to inform, inspire and educate anyone who has a love for or an interest in paper.

In the Paper 101 section, readers can also research papers from individual mills that are carried in The Paper Mill Store.


iStockphoto Creates Designer Truths Infauxgraphic

The design-loving geniuses at iStockphoto have engineered something new to give you a much needed workday giggle. Below is an “infauxgraphic” that the stock photo company created to display some pretty glaring “designer truths.” True or not, the message is clear: Designers work hard!

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