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The Sketchbook Project: A Mobile Library Like No Other

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 08, 2015

The Sketchbook Project takes the concept of a mobile library into territory dear to the hearts of artists, illustrators, diarists, and obsessive doodlers. Their Mobile Library is housed in a vehicle that strongly resembles a foodtruck, but contains a selection of books submitted by artists around the world. Visitors can thumb through a collection curated from the Project’s Brooklyn library of 34,000 sketchbooks, contributed from creators in over 135 countries. Currently, the Mobile Library is in the middle of its world tour, traveling the west coast before heading up to Canada.

Taylor Swift Advocates for Musicians, but not Photographers

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 29, 2015

Creators were galvanized when Taylor Swift issued her open letter protesting Apple’s decision to not pay musicians, producers, and writers during the 3-month free trial of the new Apple Music streaming service. Apple paid attention and immediately reversed their decision, and Swift was widely lauded by creators – except photographers.

The Cost of Logo Design: Advice from a Graphic Designer

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 17, 2015

Brooklyn-based graphic designer Roberto Blake has done us all a favor. In his video, “How Much Does a Logo Design Cost,” he educates non-designers on what to expect when soliciting a bid on a logo design. Blake prepares the non-designer to have a clear discussion with the logo designer, advising against engaging in bargaining for the lowest fee possible and encouraging the client to engage in a transparent discussion of budget and needs. While Blake intended the video to be a teaching tool for clients, it’s also a wonderful resource for new designers inexperienced in negotiating with clients on logo design projects.

Guild Member Joseph Caserto Responds to Pratt Crowdsourcing Contest

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 11, 2015

Proud Pratt Institute alum Joseph Caserto was shocked to learn that his alma mater issued a call for students to participate in a crowd-sourced mascot design contest. As a long-time Guild member and working professional, Caserto was well versed in the deleterious impact of crowdsourcing on the design and illustration professions. Caserto sent it to Pratt a firm but respectful letter expressing his disappointment with the institution. Pratt responded with a polite explanation, but Caserto didn’t buy their justification.

Happy 225, US Copyright Law!

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 02, 2015

The first US federal copyright law was enacted 225 years ago, and the Copyright Office and Copyright Alliance marked the anniversary. The law was signed by George Washington on May 31, 1790, and established the basic principals of copyright law. The Office sent out an email relating the history of the law, noting that it was called “An Act for the encouragement of learning.” The Copyright Alliance celebrated the anniversary by creating “Copyright is a Conversation”, an online publication that explores the impact of copyright in the key areas of art, expression, creativity, technology, commerce, and identity.

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