This Week’s Design News, Jan 7, 2010

• IDEO cofounder and design legend Bill Moggridge (who designed the first laptop in 1980), is the newly named director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Moggridge will assume the job in March. In a press release, Moggridge says: “In my new role as director of Cooper-Hewitt, I aim to communicate its impact and relevance in everyday life to inspire people’s interest, understanding and engagement with all disciplines of design.”

Corel this week released an update to its Painter 11 program, which includes improvements to color management, copy/paste and other functions requested by users. It’s free to current Painter 11 licensees.

AIGA has issued a call for entries to its 365 Annual Design Competition and its 50 Books/50 Covers for work completed in 2009. The entry deadline is March 5; see here for details.

Neenah has tweaked its Think Ink iPhone/iTouch app with new capabilities, including the ability to build and edit colors in CMYK as well as RGB, to see values in both color systems for a given color and a better blending function. The app lets designers sample colors by taking a photo with the phone’s camera or starting with a built-in color library, then assemble palettes and, finally, see how the colors look on various Neenah stocks. NYC design firm And Partners developed the app. Download it in the iTunes store for free.

Posted by Bryn