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Have a Cool Sustainable Design Project? Renourish Wants to Know

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 20, 2015

Eric Benson and Yvette Perullo of Renourish, the initiative to promote sustainability in communication design, are working on a book for graphic designers who “want to integrate a sustainable ethos into their workflow.” The book, Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice, seeks to teach real-world solutions to successfully collaborating with clients on creating sustainable work – projects which meet ethical and environmental standards. Designers are encouraged to submit comprehensive campaigns that meet one of Renourish’s standards for sustainability for inclusion in the book. Projects must be submitted online by March 2.

Oh, Dear, Canada: Government Issues Contest for Logo

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 13, 2015

Canadian designers were startled when their government issued a contest, challenging design students to submit their original designs for a logo marking the 150 anniversary of the country’s confederation. Not only were the students requested to submit their work on speculation – only the winner would receive a paltry prize of $5,000 CA – but finalists were expected to transfer their intellectual property rights and waive their moral rights to their work. Canadian design organizations rallied to launch a protest.

Buying your Own Logo – At Least it was Cheap

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 11, 2015

The Logo Factory, a logo design and branding shop, has had their logo ripped off on Fiverr not once, but three times. In October, they discovered an old version of the company logo on Fiverr. The logo was removed immediately, however, a few days later, the current The Logo Factory logo appeared in another Fiverr designer’s portfolio. Knowing Fiverr’s notorious reputation for non-responsiveness when it comes to infringement complaints, they decided to purchase their own logo to get it to be removed. The story doesn't end there...

Molly Crabapple on Thriving as an Artist in the Internet Age

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 04, 2015

In “Molly Crapapple’s rules for creative success in the Internet Age” Crabapple offers some pithy and realistic advice for artists. Much of her advice is the kind of common sense your mother would pass on (but expressed in refreshingly frank language): don’t be a jerk, treat your fans with respect, don’t be lazy, move past rejection. But it’s when she addresses the financial aspects of working as a creator that Crabapple hits hard.

It’s Dying: Glaser’s Stark Message on Climate Change

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 02, 2015

Hoping to galvanize public demand for effective policy addressing climate change, Milton Glaser unleashed a campaign titled “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying”. As one would expect from the designer of the iconic “I Heart NY” logo, the campaign is built around a logo: a stark graphic of a globe, it’s green field almost completely obscured by a black gradient. The campaign urged contributors to purchase buttons and t-shirts; all proceeds went to creating more buttons and t-shirts. The goal was to create a visual message to politicians, showing a groundswell of public concern on climate change.

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