Weekly Design News: Jan 14, 2011

The countdown is on for Compostmodern ’11 taking place next week in San Francisco. The Clock’s Ticking! Only one week left before Compostmodern ’11! This year, the conference offers two full days of programming, a party with hosted bar and food, an interactive Unconference, and more. Speakers include Bruce Mau, Yves Behar and Christopher Simmons, all guided by moderator Alissa Walker. Tickets are still available at Compostmodern.org.

Gridiron Software released Flow 2.0, an all new-version of its file- and asset-management system. A free version, Gridiron Flow 2.0 Essentials, offers file-tracking, sharing and collaboration tools; upgrade packages allow designers and production managers to track time spent on each segment of a project (like the time it takes to adjust a particular Photoshop file), or to create, track and share multiple versions of a project. Adobe evangelist John Nack has a pretty comprehensive look at the tool here. Or learn more about Flow 2.0 on the Gridiron website.

If you’ve been in the design or illustration biz for awhile, you probably have somewhere in your studio a dog-eared copy of “The Graphic Designer’s and Illustrator’s Market,” the annual directory of companies that buy design and commission artwork, published by HOW’s parent, F+W Media. Now, those listings have been combined into the expanded and updated Artist’s Market online directory. Take a test-drive with a 7-day free trial membership, or subscribe for $39.95 for a full year.

Quark is offering a “buy one, get one” offer through January 31: Customers who purchase one new full license of QuarkXPress 8 (not an upgrade) can receive an additional full license at no charge. First, make your purchase at a Quark reseller or at Quark’s online store; install and register the program and complete an online redemption form to receive a validation code for the second license. Certain exclusions apply.

Neenah Paper announced the winners of its “Your Time To Shine” design contest. Last fall, entrants submitted clock face designs that were hand-made with actual samples of Esse and Oxford brand papers, and the winning selections were developed into iPhone and iPad applications. The winning designs are: Island Time, by Kevin Brindley of Matthews, NC; Three Dimensions of Time, by Rima Bueno of Minneapolis; Star Clock, by Alex Silva of Rowland Heights, CA.; Urovni, by Natalie Motoska of Edmonton, Alberta; and ESSE Squared Clock, by Paul Claycomb of Addison, TX. Download the free iPhone and iPad app, and see all of the contest entries.

Getty Images this week unveiled the newly redesigned Photos.com with millions of images for a range of projects and budgets.

Wausau Paper announced upgrades to its Exact Index, Tag and Vellum Bristol grades: The whites are now a brighter, blue-white shade; Vellum Bristol White now contains 30% postconsumer fiber, and all sheets in the three lines are FSC certified.