News You (Designers) Can Use

Wow: Tons of press releases have piled up in the ol’ inbox over the past 2 weeks. Here’s what we’ve been hearing about:

HOW’s own Promotion Design Awards is accepting entries now through March 5 (that’s right around the corner). Submit your best work created to promote yourself, your firm or your clients! Promotion Design Awards entry info here.

Wausau Paper’s Digital Space is a new online resource designed to help designers and printers share and learn from each other. The site includes blogs from designers and print industry analysts; visitors can ask questions and post images of their latest projects.

Now through February 28, PhotoSpin is offering 20% off the price of your subscription plus a $10 iTunes card for every $100 you spend.

Project Never, a design competition that celebrates the best designs never produced, is accepting entries through March 8; HOW is a sponsor. “Thousands of effective designs die each day—often for good reason. At the same time, successful designers and agencies generate many worthy ideas for each project or campaign, only one of which gets chosen for wider audiences,” said Matt Gustavsen, Project Never co-creator. Enter here.

Photolibrary is offering a free iPod shuffle with a single purchase of $1,000 or more, and 25% off any online stock photo purchase through February 28.

Mendola Art now represents some of the UK’s top illustrators through an affiliation with The Artworks.

FontShop offered up predictions of type trends for 2010, declaring this the Year of the Slab and suggesting that young type designer Nikola Djurek is poised for a breakout year. Djurek’s Tempera Rose and Tempera Biblio are shown below.

In other type news, Mr. Eaves has put on a bit of weight: Zuzana Licko has updated her sans serif design with a heavier XL version, which is available from Emigre.

The enormously talented Marian Bantjes has created this year’s poster for the Academy of American Poets‘ National Poetry Month, celebrated in April. Her work was inspired by a line from Wallace Stevens’ “Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour”: “We make a dwelling in the evening air, / In which being there together is enough.”

Posted by Bryn