Recent Design News

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and GE are hosting the “Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges” conference Friday, Oct. 1, at Lincoln Center in New York City. The daylong event will explore the role of design in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The conference, held in conjunction with Cooper-Hewitt’s exhibit of the same title, is free; advance registration is required at the museum’s website.

Quark XPress users who purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress 8 now through November 30 qualify to choose one of two free Magic Bundles, each worth more than $500. The Magic Software Bundle features MarkzTools and ID2Q from Markzware, extensions that allow users to save Quark files to earlier versions and to/from InDesign, respectively. The bundle also includes 1,000 OpenType fonts. The Magic Maintenance Bundle includes a year’s worth of unlimited phone tech support and free upgrades for a year (plus the 1,000 fonts).

Emigre released Zuzana Licko’s new creation, Base 900, which the foundry calls a “high-fidelity” adaptation of Licko’s 1994 bitmap font, Base 9.

Corbis Images recently released a report and companion image collection called The Human Touch. The stock company’s research shows a growing visual trend focused on human relationships as an antidote to the high-tech world we live in. The report is available for download.

Microstock supplier Fotolia announced last month that it hit 10 million images and 2 million members. Fotolia contributor Eléonore Horiot submitted the 10-millionth image.

Noted brand strategy/design firm Carbone Smolan Associates has, for the first time in its 35-year history, added two partners. They are Rachel Crawford and Paul Pierson.

Mexico City design group Círculo de Tipógrafos have released a new font called Balduina, exclusively available through The font is modeled on the work of Dutch designer and lettering artist Boudewijn Ietswaart. Read more about the history of the typeface and view samples here.

Mohawk Fine Paper released a new promo designed by Chicago-based design firm VSA Partners called “Mode of Transformation.” The piece celebrates the bicycle and demonstrates Mohawk Superfine paper.

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