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Guild Participates in Creative Rights Caucus 2015 for the House Judiciary Committee

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on November 12, 2015

On November 3, Guild members Lisa Shaftel (Advocacy Liaison) and John Schmelzer (past National President) participated in the 2015 Creative Rights Caucus for the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. The Congressional Creative Rights Caucus is a bipartisan Caucus dedicated to protecting the rights of content creators. The Creative Rights Caucus is a bi-partisan legislative “listening” committee Co-Chaired by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA). The event was organized by the Professional Photographers of America [PPA].

Sheila Copps Challenges Designers to Address Global Issues

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 03, 2015

At the Eeum Design Connects international congress this past October in Gwangju, South Korea, Sheila Copps delivered a riveting keynote address that challenged the design community to effectively address global issues such as climate change and sustainability. Copps currently heads the World Summit and Congress of Architecture + Design + Planning, the 2017 international design congress which will bring together a multitude of design disciplines. In her address, Copps focused on how design can be used as a leverage for political action. She then asked when, where, and how do designers connect with decision-makers.

ico-D General Assembly Sets an Ambitious Agenda for Design Associations

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 29, 2015

The ico-D General Assembly 26 took place October 22-23, following Eeum, the International Design Congress in Gwangju, South Korea. This year saw an increased role for the Guild, since our representative agreed to head an ico-D workgroup on national design policies. Workgroups were initiated last year to address key areas: design education, national design policies, communicating the value of design, and design certification. National design policies address weaknesses in design education and a lack communication between designers and businesses, and promote increased awareness and respect of intellectual property rights. ico-D has also expressed an interest in developing an anti-spec workgroup, in which the Guild intends to be active.

The Restrictions in Stock Image Licenses Illustrators and Designers Need to Know

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 06, 2015

Microstock websites – websites that purvey low-cost photos, illustrations, and icons – have become a standard image source for designers with small budgets and undiscriminating clients. Illustrators have also used microstock, either in the creation of collage or montaged imagery, or as reference material for illustrations. However, both designers and illustrators are cautioned to read through the licenses employed by microstock sites. The low fees and “royalty free” label extended by microstock sites do not translate to unlimited use of their images.

Guild Member Discount for HOW Interactive Design Conference Boston, Nov. 5-7

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 30, 2015

At the HOW Interactive Design Conference (HIDC) in Boston November 5-7, designers and developers will explore the intersection of design and technology. The conference is packed with seminars, breakfasts, and happy hours. Talks will be given by industry leaders, such as Jen Simmons, designer and host of The Web Ahead, and Stephan Mumaw, Director of Creative Strategy at Hint and author of Creative Bootcamp. Guild members are invited to attend the conference at a discount of $50 off the registration fee. Register online with the code GAG50.

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