Graphic Design News: May 4-15

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

Light Bright

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The world of LCDs just got a whole lot brighter with Sharp Imaging & Information Company of America‘s new IGZO, an ultra-high resolution monitor. With twice the resolution of traditional LCDs, IGZO gets its name from the materials that make up its “transparent composite semiconductor.” These four materials are indium, gallium, zinc and oxygen. Of its new product, Sharp Imaging boasts, “This unique, revolutionary technology is also the first of its kind in the world to be successfully mass-produced and brought to market.” According to the company press release, key features include:
· Largest Class 32-inch LCD PC Monitor
· Higher Resolution Ultra-HD and Higher Aperture Ratios
· Adopted Interface for Simple Connections between PCs and Monitors
· Stylish Design with Edge-Lit LED


Prancing Paper

Neenah Sharp N Head

When Neenah Paper wanted to put a new spin on its Classic paper line, it knew who to call. Enter Design Army who helped put together a video under the theme and hash tag #WhatMovesYou. The video features DJ Neenah (a giant paper “N” head with headphones and a snazzy tux), dancers and paper records made up of the Classic paper finishes the company offers. To answer the question, #WhatMovesYou, viewers are encouraged to reach out to @DesignArmy and @NeenahPaper on social media and use the hash tag.




Creative Cravings

Corbis CRAVE Homepage

Can’t seem to find the right image for your project? Check out the new Crave iPad application and website from Corbis Images. Dubbed “a premium image discovery experience,” Crave provides creatives with “a digital boutique featuring expertly curated imagery from industry-leading commercial and editorial photographers.” Whether you use it to search and purchase photos or simply for inspiration, the app allows you to work on the go. For those times when you are chained to your desk, the website can tend to your needs. Download Crave at the Corbis Crave website or through the Apple App Store.




Creative Award Honors Design Category

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Foreign-born designers take note: The Vilcek Foundation has opted to make the design field its award category for the 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts. Why, you ask? The foundation’s vice president Marica Vilcek explains by saying,

Design, whether we notice it or not, plays an integral role in all aspects of our lives, from perfume to video games to smart cars. We are excited to recognize, with the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise, the many immigrant individuals behind these convergences of art, enterprise and creativity.

Designers 35 years of age and under are encouraged to submit work from one of four categories: product design, graphic design, digital design or social design. Three $35,000 cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners regardless of the category. Submission materials should include a resume, personal essay and work samples. These materials will then be evaluated by a panel of experts, and winners will be notified in November 2013 and honored in a ceremony in the spring of 2014. For more information, visit the Vilcek Foundation website.


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