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Graphic Artists Guild

2248 Broadway #1341
New York, NY 10024

Tel: (212) 791-3400

The Graphic Artists Guild’s primary purpose is to help our members compete effectively in an ever-changing field. We enable graphic artists and other design professionals to build and maintain successful careers by providing skills and support—from advice on the daily tasks of running a creative business to going to bat for our creative community with business and government leaders.

Guild members are creative professionals and those studying to become creative professionals. That means YOU…

  • graphic and interactive designers
  • illustrators and animators
  • web programmers and developers

When you join the Guild, you’ll benefit from our:

  • advocacy for your rights and working conditions
  • Graphic Artists Guild’s Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, news articles, webinars,, and other educational and business resources
  • virtual and in-person social and educational events

These and much more will help you do your job better, more profitably, and with less stress.

Interested in joining?  Get in touch today.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Graphic Artists Guild is to promote and protect the social, economic and professional interests of its members.

We are committed to welcoming, serving and improving conditions for graphic artists at all skill levels while raising standards for the entire industry. In addition to creative professionals, our members include educators, intellectual property lawyers, artist representatives, and others in related and supporting industries.

Contact Info

The Graphic Artists Guild, Inc.

2248 Broadway #1341
New York, NY 10024

Tel: (212) 791-3400

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National Officers & Staff

President – Yanique DaCosta

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Yanique DaCosta is a formally trained Graphic Designer and Fine Artist who owns a graphic design agency headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL. DaCosta’s agency leverages data-driven graphic design and digital marketing strategies to get amplified product and marketing results. Her 12+ years of Brand Development and Advertising experience has translated to the evolution of member-centric initiatives with the Graphic Artists Guild since 2016. Some of these initiatives include but are not limited to Guild Chat, Guild Chat LIVE, and Monthly Member Spotlights.

Yanique has served the Graphic Artists Guild in the roles of Southern Regional Representative 2016-2019, At-Large Representative 2019-2021, Treasurer 2021-2023, and ICoD Delegate 2018-Present.

DaCosta was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and came to the United States to pursue her education. She received an Associate Degree in Graphic Design, a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts, and a Master’s Degree in Media Design. To work with DaCosta’s Agency, visit

Secretary – Eunique Yazzie

Eunique Yazzie - Guild Secretary

With roots from Canyon de Chelly in the Navajo Nation heartlands and emerging from Phoenix, Arizona, Eunique has spent over 21 years honing her technical skills and establishing her artistic dimensions. Throughout her creative career, Eunique has embraced various roles, including board member of Roosevelt Row CDC, working artist, muralist, and illustrator. Eunique is also the co-founder of Cahokia Socialtech + Artspace, the founder of Indige Design Collab, and the owner of her own business, euniQue, LLC. Eunique’s work centers around placemaking and placekeeping, with a strong emphasis on social impact design.

Treasurer - Ean Price-Murphy

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Ean has worked as a small business consultant, specializing in non-profits and creative entrepreneurs, for over 20 years – almost all of them while living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She moved back to my home state of California at the end of 2019 but still come back to visit NYC.

Over her career, Ean has worked with more than ten thousand organizations, ranging from solopreneurs earning less than $100k per year up to non-profits that manage $40M in revenue.

Ean has also taught the basics of bookkeeping and money management through organizations such as the Workshop In Business Opportunities (, 3rd Ward, Focus on Women, The Center for NonProfit Leadership, the Sierra Business Development Council, and have done workshops with the Graphic Artists Guild. She has also written session curriculum and content for Santa Clara University’s online My Own Business Institute.

Ean built her own business from a freelance concern to a 10 person $1M organization, which I sold this year. That business, Moxie Bookkeeping & Coaching, Inc. won “best of Brooklyn” three years in a row. Ean is a certified business coach, certified Profit First Professional, and Quickbooks ProAdvisor. She currently serves as Treasurer on two other boards: ABC No Rio in NYC and Sierra Commons in Nevada City, California and is qualified to speak to non-profit financial management.

With a film arts background, Ean was a member of a Brooklyn film collective and has worked on camera in corporate, documentary, and narrative films and is the daughter of a jazz musician – so a lot of my business metaphors relate to music.

Ean’s mantra is “it is time to make radically kind people comfortable with money”. I don’t think shame or judgment has any place in how we think about money.

Immediate Past President – Liz DiFiore

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Liz has traveled a varied, winding path into creative professionalism. She graduated from Alfred University in 2011 with a BFA, then unexpectedly pivoted into the great wide world of association management.

Early in her career she began volunteering for the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and re-established their New York chapter. When she later transitioned to being the Community Manager for the AWI, she supported chapters across the country, completed association executive training with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and built a lasting vibrant community for their membership to grow in.

Though her career steered her more down the path of membership coordination and social media management, Liz knew her passion for illustration needed its time to shine. In 2018 Liz took the leap and became a full-time freelance illustrator, specializing in children’s books. The Graphic Artists Guild, and other professional associations, have been instrumental in helping Liz develop and grow Her business. Liz hopes to pass on the goodwill and knowledge her time here has brought.

Advocacy Liaison – Rebecca Blake

Rebecca works, sleeps, eats, and lives as Design Director at Optimum Design & Consulting, a small designer firm in mid-town Manhattan. There she oversees the creation of a wide range of print and Web projects, including marketing materials, logos and corporate ID, website interfaces, and publications. In between cajoling demanding clients and consuming a steady stream of coffee, she volunteers as the Guild’s Advocacy Liasion.

Having graduated from college with a degree completely unrelated to the visual arts, Rebecca transitioned to a design career by attending the Continuing Education Department at the School of Visual Arts. Her first act upon changing careers was to join the Graphic Artists Guild, where she met a community of supportive and sensible mentors and colleagues. She became active on the local level, serving in various positions on the New York Chapter board, including Chapter President, before moving up to the National Board.

Communications Chair – Todd LeMieux

Todd is a graphic designer and design educator. A Graphic Artists Guild member for over 12 years, he has served on the National Board’s Executive Committee as well as the Advocacy, Communications, and Education Committees. Todd is also a member of AIGA, and is the Education Director for the AIGA-CT chapter.

Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Westfield State University and has worked in graphic design and marketing since 1989. He is currently the Art Director at Westfield, after teaching various graphic design classes at the University for over a decade.

Todd is truly passionate about graphic design, wholly believing in the power of design to communicate and shape brands and in its ability to inform and educate the masses. He has won numerous local, regional, and national awards for his innovative and inspiring design work, as well as having his designs published in several books in the course of his career.

Development Chair – Darcy Witham

Darcy Witham

Darcy owns DW Graphic Arts, a graphic design and services studio in southwestern Connecticut. She has welded her creative trade in the visual communications realm for many a year, creating solutions that satisfy the needs of her clients digitally and in print.

She is a career graphic designer with a heavy emphasis on production. Every good design needs solid production to become fabulous.

As a member of the Graphic Artist Guild and volunteering as a regional associate representative, I keep relevant and involved with other creative minds and professionals. It’s all about community for me.

As Development Chair, I seek to expand that community and build relationships and support for the Guild and all the creative entities within.

At Large Director – Delanie West

headshot of board member Delanie WestDelanie West is a multi-disciplinary creative strategist and doer, driving consistent success in creating revenue, profit, and business growth.

Delanie formerly led Product Development and Design divisions at Wilton Brands and Faber-Castell / Creativity for Kids. She earned her Bachelors in Art in Graphic Design at Hampton University and is a current candidate for MBA 23″ at Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management with a dual specialty in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. In early 2022 Delanie was the presenting lecturer at Columbia University Business School in the areas of Product Development, Packing Design and Supply Chain and Operations.

Delanie is President of Black Creatives, the first digital community for Black creators and has been a member since 2011. She’s serves as Board Director and is founding chair of Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment Foundation’s, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Delanie has always used a creative problem-solving foundation in her approach to business and brand development, she’s super hands-on and works collaboratively with her clients and teams.

At Large Director – Danielle Hughes

Danielle Hughes is the Chief Personality Officer of More Than Words Marketing. She helps individuals and institutions to develop their Genuine Personality Brand. This allows you to own and embody your message, feel comfortable expressing it and convey what makes you different from your competition so you can attract the right audience and repel the wrong one. A sought-after speaker, Danielle runs workshops and presents on the importance of bringing more you to work.

In her multi-decade career — which began in Ad Sales Marketing for major TV networks like ABC, Oxygen, Nickelodeon and Discovery Channel, then shifted to a small word of mouth marketing agency and then a freelance copywriting career turned branding business — Danielle has strategized, written content for and presented and run workshops at large global organizations and small businesses including: PwC, Google, eBay, Discovery Channel, TD Bank, Gap, Visa, Catalyst, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, Columbia University, Composure, What If Media Group and the JED Foundation, to name a few.

And while she can’t pull a rabbit out of her hat, she can hone your brand message, engage your audience and deadlift you or your employees, but not at the same time. That’s just irresponsible. (note: Danielle is available for office party tricks and accepts payment in bottles of Bordeaux, Barolo, Barbera or any wine with any letter.)

Industry Advisor - Michele Berdinis

Michele Berdinis headshot, BeeLine LegalMichele has over 20 years of experience practicing intellectual property law. She’s doing what she can to drag the legal profession into the 21st century. In 2015, she launched Beeline Legal, a web-based expert system that delivers legal services to help clients protect the trademarks they love at a price they can afford.

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Twitter: @BeelineLegalNYC

Instagram: @beeline_legal

Guild Publisher - Linda Secondari

Linda Secondari headshotLinda Secondari is the Publisher for the Graphic Artists Guild, overseeing the development of the 17th edition of the “Handbook for Pricing + Ethical Guidelines.”

When she’s not working on the Handbook, Linda is also Principal and Creative Director of Studiolo Secondari, a design firm in NYC focusing on Book Development and Digital Communications.

Before establishing Studiolo, she was the Creative Director at Oxford University Press, where she managed an international design team of 40 Designers and Art Directors split between the Oxford, New York, Toronto, and Delhi offices with a yearly output of 3,000+ titles.

Linda Secondari is an award-winning Designer and Creative Director. Linda’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, ICP, NY Book Show, the Stiftung Buchkunst Competition of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the AUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show.

Administrative Director – Paula Hinkle

Paula Hinkle has worked in the Graphic Arts field since receiving her degree from the University of Akron more than 30 years ago. Her experience has been in various capacities; as a production artist, a print shop supervisor/manager & designer, and as a business owner. She enjoys learning new things and makes it a priority.

Paula joined the Graphic Artists Guild in 2001, working as a volunteer for the At-Large Chapter before becoming a Regional Administrator for the Guild. She has served as assistant webinar coordinator since 2011. From 2003 – 2016, Paula  updated the chapter and regional websites & created weekly regional e-communications. She maintained the National web site from 2006-2016.

Paula began working as Administrative Director for the Graphic Artists Guild in January 2017.

Regional Representatives

New England Region Rep – Joe Kandra

I’ve been creating my whole life. Growing up with an art teacher/watercolor artist mother gave me a great head start on my art career.

I have been a graphic designer for over 35 years. For the majority of that time, I was an in-house designer for large high-tech corporations. I worked on everything from brand identity to booth displays, infographics to explainer videos, web design to animated annual reports. The past few years I have been transitioning to a freelance designer/illustrator/cartoonist and have found the Guild a great resource for all the information I didn’t know I needed to know to be an independent artist.

East Region Rep – Carl Cleanthes

Carl Cleanthes is a creative entrepreneur who, in 2006, founded Epic Made, a team of millennial gamer-nerds who live and breathe advertising, digital art, and storytelling.

Over the years Carl and his team have created powerful and eye-catching creative assets for some of the most notable brands in the world, including USA Network, Nickelodeon, SyFy, WWE, Shopify, and many others. Carl aka “Colorful Carl” has a YouTube channel and Twitch live art stream where he promotes and inspires creativity in his community.  He is an avid proponent of web3 technology and understands the potential it has to empower the creators for generations to come.  In addition to his professional endeavors, he is an urban homesteader, believing that a sustainable lifestyle is practiced in all aspects. He shares his knowledge of growing, heirlooms, seed harvesting, and the art of self-reliance. He is a husband of 17+ years to his inspiring wife Alden and father to his semi-feral, wild-child gamer son… they are both the light of his life.

Carl is on a mission to inspire as much creativity in humanity as he can while on this short journey we call life.  Reach out at

Midwest Region Rep – Kathleen Smith Waters

Kathleen Smith Waters, is a graphic artist specializing in illustration and graphic design. Growing up in northeast Ohio, she honed her skills at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she pursued her love for visual storytelling and creativity. With over a decade of experience in product development, Kathleen has dedicated her career to designing children’s craft products, toys, and art materials.

Children’s illustration holds a special place in Kathleen’s heart, as she believes in the power of art to inspire and nurture young imaginations. Through her fun and whimsical designs, Kathleen hopes to transport children to magical worlds and bring stories to life.

When she’s not working, you can find Kathleen in the company of her three canine companions: Silas, Friedrich, and Farnsworth. They provide her with a constant source of inspiration.

South Region Rep – Brittany Lewis

Brittany Lewis, is a freelance Graphic Artist, Illustrator and Entrepreneur based in Memphis, TN.  Since joining the Guild in fall 2022, my business and career have made great strides by utilizing the available information.

Being in Memphis, Brittany has seen the need for more awareness and access to the resources provided by the Graphic Artists Guild. She would like to increase awareness of the possibility of having a successful career in the arts in southern communities.

Brittany has been a freelancer for many years. She believes that as the South Regional Representative, she can help bridge the knowledge gap in southern communities and ensure that more people benefit from the incredible work the Guild does.

West Region Rep – Dan Dougherty

Dan Dougherty is an accomplished Communications Executive with a deep understanding of the modern storytelling form and its impact on creating engaging and relevant communication programs. With extensive experience in global corporations, nonprofits, consumer brands, and public institutions, He has a proven track record of creating and executing high-level strategic plans that shift perceptions and drive interest, ultimately achieving business goals and objectives. His background in graphic design and writing serve as the foundations of his 30+ years of experience.

Dan’s interest in serving as the West Regional Representative for the Guild is driven by the rapid sea state of change taking place in the creative marketplace. The rise of digital communications, artificial intelligence, and the first wave of digital-native adults require dynamic, and often bewildering, adaptation for graphic design professionals and our business models. Dan has had the opportunity to guide clients and organizations on how consumer expectations around brand communications have evolved since the onset of social and interactive media. I would like to bring my perspective to the broader community of graphic artists through engagement with the Guild as the West Regional Representative.

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