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NYC Summer of Fonts: Join the Guild and Attend for Free

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 18, 2013

New York City 2013 Summer of FontsThe New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild is reprising its annual Summer of Fonts. The event is a three-month series of presentations by leading typographers and designers, and has covered topics from typographic tattoos to web fonts. The 2013 series kicks off on Thursday, July 25 with designer Karl Heine speaking on Putting your Best Face Forward – Why type matters: The Inside Protocol for Self-Promotion and Marketing. The series continues in August with Matteo Bologna of Mucca Design on Wednesday, August 27. (The September speaker will be announced shortly.)

Non-members who join the Guild are invited to attend all three Summer of Fonts events for free. Each takes place at Pratt Institute, Manhattan Campus at 144 West 14th Street, room 213, and runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, contact the chapter administrator at ny@gag.org.

Summer of Fonts speakers Karl Heine & Matteo Bologna

CO Offers Electronic Registration for Single Copyright on Interim Basis

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 05, 2013

US Copyright Office logoOn June 28th, the Copyright Office amended its regulations to offer a new electronic registration option, the Single Application Option. The intention is to provide a simplified application process for individual author claimants to register a single work (not made for hire) for the same price as the standard application, $35. The interim rule was implemented in response to the Office's January 2012 Notice ofInquiry (NOI), in which the Office asked whether special consideration should be provided to registration of single works, where the author is also the copyright holder and the work was not made for hire. The NOI recieved four comments, all strongly in favor of a simplified system for single author/single work registration. The proposed ruling was published in March 2012, and elicited 10 comments raising issues addressed in the iterim ruling.

The single author/single word registration option is offered as a simpler process to encourage greater copyright registration. The ruling limits the works which can be registered with this process: the registration is only offered electronically; only works created by single authors (no joint works); only works with a single claimant/author (no works made-for-hire or works in which copyright was transferred); only a single work (for example, only one illustration; no collections of works, websites, group registrations, etc.). Works which don't meet these criteria can be registered with the standard online registration process. Full information can be read in the Copyright Office's Interim final rule.

More details regarding the single author/single work registration will be forthcoming. The Copyright Office seeks public comment on the interim rule, and will modify the rule if such action is warranted. Public comment is due August 28th, and should be submitted as searchable PDF (not a PDF of a scanned document), Word document, Rich Text document, or ASCII text file format.

The History of Typography, in Five Enjoyable Minutes

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 26, 2013

History of Typography, @ Ben Barrett-ForrestIn the years since you graduated from design school, have the distinctions between transitional and modern fonts started to dim? Curious about the  contribution to typography of William Caslon's grandson? Want an easy explanation of the difference between serif and sans serif you can direct your clients to? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then check out The History of Typography, a charming stop-motion animation. Created by designer Ben Barrett-Forrest, the animation was a labor of love, requiring 140 hours of work incorporating 291 cut-paper letters and 2,454 photographs.

Ben heads the graphic design and media production firm, Forrest Media, working out of Hamilton, Ontario and Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada. The History of Typography isn't his first animation. His website features another stop-motion animation of autumn leaves, and video documentaries of a magician and of the power of music.

Brought to our attention by @typedia.

History of Typography screen shots, © Ben Barrett-Forrest

Copyright Infringement Reported on Etsy

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 25, 2013

ArtLawJournal logo © ArtLawJournalRecently ArtLawJournal published an article highlighting the rampant copyright infringement which is being reported on the craft- and vintage-goods site, Etsy. ArtLawJournal identifies three key factors permitting the infringement: the participation of China-based factories in creating the goods, without any licensing oversight; the position of Etsy as a media distributor, with little responsibility in preventing copyright infringement beyond responding to DMCA requests; and the existence of popular Etsy shops which resell goods bought from wholesale online sites which often feature pirated or infringing goods.

ArtLawJournal's follow up article offers down-to-earth advice on how artists can protect themselves and take steps if they discover their work has been infringed on Etsy. Their primary advice is for artists to register their copyrights. They also propose including either a watermark or a small copyright notice within the artwork itself, since removal of such would be proof positive of circumvention on the part of the infringer. The article includes instructions on conducting a reverse image search to ferret out images of infringed work, instructions on issuing a DMCA notice, and advice on contacting a lawyer.

Brought to our attention by @imundo.

To This Day – Collaborating to Combat Bullying

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 24, 2013

To This Day title frame, copyrighted Giant Ant.Canadian poet Shane Koyczan's childhood experience of being the target of relentless bullying led him to write his spoken word poem, To This Day. The poem is a moving recount of the pain and isolation bullying causes, and a call for those who've experienced it to live their lives as "a balancing act that has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty." Shane partnered with animation studio Giant Ant in Vancouver to create a collaborative animation of the poem. Overwhelmed with the quality and creativity of the submissions, Giant Ant incorporated the work of 86 artists to create multiple versions. The final animation was published in February of this year, and quickly went viral, garnering over 5,000,000 views in one week.

To This Day continues to educate on bullying and provide resources to victims. Their microsite publicizes an anti-bullying hotline and educational resources and recently released a free iPad app. The app includes the multiple versions of each segment of the animation, so that repeat views result in a different animation each time. The app also permits users to record their own version of the poem, and includes translations in Spanish and French.

Below is a selection of frames from the animation. (Images courtesy of Giant Ant. © Giant Ant)


To This Day, copyrighted Giant Ant

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