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Transition to Guild Regional Structure Completed

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 18, 2014

This year saw the Guild make a momentous decision to move from a chapter to a regional structure. The decision to do so was voted on by the entire National board, which overwhelmingly supported the transition. During the summer, Guild members were invited to run for regional representative positions, replacing the previous Chapter president model. After a contested election in the New England region, the new board was announced.

The Guild is now organized into five regions: Eastern (representative Colin Nichols), Midwestern (representative Diane Barton), New England (representative Todd LeMieux), Southern (representative Mark Bloechl), and Western (representative Sara L. Chapman). Guild social media has also been changed to reflect the regional structure, with individual accounts set up for Twitter and Facebook, and local subgroups set up underneath the National LinkedIn group. We encourage creators to follow the regional social media accounts for news on local activities and items of interest.

Graphic Artists Guild Eastern RegionEastern
Facebook: Graphic Artists Guild Eastern Region
Twitter: GAGuild_EA
(includes former New York and At-Large Chapters)

 

Graphic Artists Guild Midwestern RegionMidwestern
Facebook: Graphic Artists Guild Midwestern Region
Twitter: GAGuild_MW
(includes former Chicago and At-Large Chapters)

 

Graphic Artists Guild New England ChapterNew England
Facebook: Graphic Artists Guild New England Region
Twitter: GAGuild_NE
(includes former Boston and At-Large Chapters)

 

Graphic Artists Guild Southern RegionSouthern
Facebook: Graphic Artists Guild Southern Region
Twitter: GAGuild_SO
(includes former At-Large Chapter)

 

Graphic Artists Guild Western RegionWestern
Facebook: Graphic Artists Guild Western Region
Twitter: GAGuild_WE
(includes former Northern California, Seattle SPGA, and At-Large Chapters)

Guild Member Discounts: WordPress A-Z Webinar Series and Blinkbid Invoicing Software

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 29, 2014

Two of our favorite partners, Joy of Code and Blinkbid, have extended new discount offers to Guild members.

WordPress A-Z Webinar SeriesBud Kraus of the Joy of Code has developed a four-part webinar series, WordPress A-Z, taking place October 16, 23, and 30, and November 6. The webinar series covers an overview of WordPress, building a site from start to finish, incorporating a blog, and finding and installing plugins and apps. Guild members are offered the course at a 25% discount, for $100 at the Early Bird rate (expires October 10).

Register for the webinar series online. (You will be asked to provide proof of Guild membership.)

BlinkBid logoBlinkbid produces easy-to-use estimating, production, and invoicing software targeted to creative professionals. Their latest update, Version 7, has added features such as redesigned production module, a discount field, and a Quickbooks export feature. Guild members get $50 of the cost off the purchase price.

To receive the discount code, log into Member Central on the Guild website (in the upper right corner), and visit our Member Discount page.

Guild Reorganizes to Regional Structure

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 22, 2014

In the past year, the National Board voted to change the Guild organizational structure from a local chapter to a regional model. The change had been under review by the Board since 2007. The most recent proposal to restructure was passed in recognition of the onerous burden the chapter model put on local Guild members, who sought to take an active role in the organization, but were unable to fulfill the obligations of local chapter leadership as defined by the Guild constitution.

The new structure divides the Guild into five regions: Western, Midwestern, Southern, New England, and Eastern. The regions will be headed by regional representatives to the National board. A call for nominations to those positions was issued in early Summer and any contested election will take place this Fall. The regions are maintained by administrators, who can assist local groups in putting together events and meet-ups.

Guild regional structure

Go North: Guild Member Discount for DesignThinkers 2014

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 16, 2014

November 6-7
Toronto, Canada

Join the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and over 1,500 visual communicators for the 15th annual DesignThinkers Conference, a celebration of creativity and strategic design thinking.

The event welcomes a star-studded line-up of 25 international speakers, including:
-    Charles Adler, Co-founder, Kickstarter
-    Irma Boom, Netherlands-based Book Designer
-    Henry Hobson, Film Titles Designer, “The Walking Dead”
-    Wesley Grubbs, Founder, Data Visualization Studio Pitch Interactive
-    Aaron Draplin, Founder, Draplin Design Co.
-    Sybille Hagmann, Type Designer
-    Ellen Lupton, Author, Educator & Curator
-    Karen McGrane, Author, “Content Strategy for Mobile”
-    Debbie Millman, Author & Host, Design Matters
-    Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram
-    Erik Spiekermann, Author & Creative Director, Edenspiekermann
-    Richard Turley, Creative Director, Bloomberg Businessweek
-    Jessica Walsh, Partner, Sagmeister & Walsh
-    Todd Waterbury, Executive Creative Director & Sr. VP, Marketing, Target

Members of the Graphic Artists Guild get special pricing! Register on the Group/Org rate. Early Bird rates end September 26. Learn more at www.designthinkers.com.

DesignThinkers © RGD

Art Licensing: Free Teleclass and Member Discount on Webinars

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 30, 2014

J'net Smith headshotJ'net Smith of All Art Licensing has announced her Summer/Fall schedule of licensing webinars and teleclasses, and is offering a mix of free and discounted events. Her “Ask J'net” free teleclasses are open to anyone, and are a live phone event in which participants can submit their questions on any aspect of art licensing. Upcoming “Ask J’net” teleclasses are scheduled for May 14 and July 16. Smith has also extended to Guild members a deep discount on her licensing webinars. Her next scheduled webinar is “Character Licensing,” taking place on May 21 from noon to 2 p.m. PDT. The discount code for this webinar can be accessed by logging into Member Central on the top right of our website, and visiting the Professional Discounts page.

The summer schedule of All Art Licensing events is:

Ask J’net Q&A free teleclass
Wednesday, May 14th, 12 noon – 1 p.m. PDT

Character Licensing
Wednesday, May 21st, 12 noon – 2 p.m. PDT

Sales & Trade Show Follow Through Techniques that Close the Deal
Wednesday, June 25th, 12 noon – 2  p.m. PDT

Ask J’net Q&A free teleclass
Wednesday, July 16th, 12 noon – 1 p.m. PDT

Designing Product Lines that Manufacturers Want
Wednesday, July 30th, 12 noon – 2 p.m.PDT

Getting the Million Dollar Deal
Wednesday, August 13th, 12 noon – 2 p.m. PDT
 

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