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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.

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...

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