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Creative Freelancers Conference: Recaps & Resources

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 29, 2013

Miss the Creative Freelancers Conference in San Francisco this summer? There are a number of wonderful blogs posting links to recaps and resources. Guild member Cedric Hohnstadt posted on his blog a brief summary of the conference, as well as a list of articles written by conference presenters, and recaps from other attendees. The list includes some real gems, such as a link to Jessica Hische’s “The Dark Art of Pricing” article, as well as a recording for daily podcasts from HOWLive published by the design blog 36 Point.

Cedric cites the Pinterest page of Ilise Benum, the conference host, as the source for many of the links. The page features images repinned from a number of attendees, and gives a nice peek at the conference goings-on. Another good resource is the Creative Freelancer blog associated with the conference. The blog has published  articles written by  conference presenters with common sense advice, such as 7 Ways to Keep the CFC Momentum Going by Tom Tombusch and a video interview with Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union on How Not to Become Extinct.

Pantone Clock: Watch Time Pass By in a Rainbow

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 26, 2013

Pantone Clock - mobile © Pretty KlicksScottish web design and online marketing firm Pretty Klicks has created a lovely way to watch time fly by. The Pantone Clock displays a full-screen clock which cycles through sequential Pantone swatches on the minute. Stefan Pretty of Pretty Klicks credits with New York City-based UX designer Yona Lee with the original idea. In her Behance portfolio, she posted comps for a similar Pantone clock, but one in which the time displayed would match the Pantone swatch number (so that 2:14 would show Pantone swatch 214, for example). Pretty Klicks has plans for the clock, including a mobile app, and is soliciting comments via their Twitter feed.

Pantone Clock © Pretty Klicks

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

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