Weekly Design News: February 4, 2011

We’re excited that today marks the debut of the spring season of Debbie Millman’s Design Matters. Author and journalist Rob Walker, who keynoted the 2009 HOW Design Conference, is the guest for today’s broadcast at 2:00 p.m. ET. You can listen to Design Matters via Design Observer. Debbie’s show is recorded before a live studio audience at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Spring season guests include AIGA medalist Gail Anderson, fashion journalist Kate Betts, Design*Sponge editor Grace Bonney, Pearlfisher founder Jonathan Ford and a host of other design and culture luminaries. Find more about and listen to today’s Design Matters.

Quark is hosting a free eSeminar at 9:00 a.m. MT on Wednesday, February 9 to showcase how its new App Studio module in the Quark Publishing System can help mid-to-large publishers create content for the iPad. Register here for the session. More about App Studio from a recent Quark press release: “App Studio for Quark Publishing System enables users to easily configure a starter application that aligns with their branding and user interface requirements to create a custom app for the iPad. Designers can create digital publications directly within QuarkXPress 8.5, easily enriching their designs with sound, video, and interactive features. Once complete, Quark Publishing System automatically builds and publishes the digital publications and makes them available to the custom app.”

Veteran NYC-based designer Rocco Piscatello, founder of Piscatello Design Centre and professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, is the subject of an exhibition running now through February 12 at the FIT Gallery (27th Street at Seventh Avenue in New York). Piscatello launched FIT’s Visiting Artists Program, which brings noted design professionals to lecture at the school, and is the designer behind the VAP’s highly collectible poster series. Piscatello’s poster for a lecture by Paula Scher won an Outstanding Achievement Award in HOW’s upcoming International Design Annual, on newsstands later this month.

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