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Guild Joins Organizations in Protesting the “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use”

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 16, 2015

The Graphic Artists Guild, together with American Photographic Artists (APA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), PACA Digital Media Licensing Association, and Professional Photographers of America (PPA), has published a letter addressing concerns with the College Art Association’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.” The letter finds fault with the conclusion of the study, and outlines key weaknesses in the recommendations the study offers to students in the visual art regarding fair use.

Guild Joins CreativeFuture Coalition to Address Piracy

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 12, 2015

The Graphic Artists Guild has joined CreativeFuture, a coalition of over 350 companies and organizations that seeks to address piracy. The coalition has three primary initiatives: mobilizing the creative community to speak up about the harm caused by piracy; advocating for policies which will staunch the flow of funds to pirate site operators; and educating youth about the cultural, ethical, and economic value of creative ownership.

Speech on Type: Typography Podcasts by Typeradio

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 10, 2015

Now in its eighth year of netcasting, Typeradio is an internet radio stream with a wealth of material. The website offers a truly global view of typography, with in-depth interviews conducted at studios, offices, and conferences from around Europe, the United States, India, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to the interviews, Typeradio features a few delightfully cheesy music selections from type conferences and summaries from their workshops. The real value of Typeradio lies in the range of interview guests. The podcasts are not just limited to prominent designers, and include lesser known, but equally fascinating, professionals.

A Video Compilation: What Hollywood Thinks of Graphic Designers

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 05, 2015

For your diversion: design students Ellen Mercer and Lucy Streule of Central Saint Martens – University of the Arts London have compiled a video of graphic designers as portrayed by Hollywood. The 2-minute Youtube video features snippets from television shows and feature length films, with everyone from Meg Ryan to Keanu Reeves claiming their design credentials. So how does the Hollywood portrayal stack up, at least as illustrated in this compilation? It’s a somewhat jaded depiction.

Bring your Blood Pressure Up: Spec Work Documented on Social Media

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 25, 2015

If you’ve been advised to keep your heart rate steady, you should probably avoid @forexposure on Twitter and shitspecwork on Tumblr. @forexposure provides a steady stream of outrageous requests for free labor. The blog shitspecwork features submissions of requests for free work from large companies, such as HBO, Audi and Coca Cola, to music bands looking for free poster design, to posts by individuals trolling for free labor.

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