This Week’s Design News: Dec 3, 2009

Product announcements, events and such coming into our e-mail inboxes over the past week include these items:

• Stock photo agency Shutterstock announced today that it’s partnering with charity:water to build one well per month in Africa in 2010. The $60,000 contribution will provide clean drinking water to 12 villages in northern Ethiopia. The agency will post updates and photos of the project to a dedicated page on the charity:water site.

•  Adobe last week opened the call for entries in its 10th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards, which recognizes design, photography, illustration, interactive, motion and film work by students from higher education institutions around the globe. Entries are due by June 4; winners will be announced next October.

• Tapping into the current national conversation about health and healthcare, Corbis is previewing a new collection of health/wellness-themed stock images. Topics include fitness, personal care and relaxation.

• Design critic, writer and lecturer Peter Hall will discuss the ties between writing design criticism and writing design history at a lecture for the School of Visual Arts in New York on December 8 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Hall teaches at the University of Texas and has written for Print and I.D. magazines; he co-authored “Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist” and “Sagmeister: Made You Look.”

PaperSpecs presents a webinar, “A World of Alternative Papers,” on Tuesday, December 15 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. The session covers the design, environmental and production considerations of using synthetic, mineral and plastic papers.

Posted by Bryn