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Illustration/Animation Project Yule Log 2014 Donates Licensing Fee to C/I

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 08, 2014

The second season of Yule Log (Yule Log 2.014) has been published, featuring the illustration and animation efforts of over 80 artists. This year’s selection features the imaginative creations we’ve come to expect. Yule Log creator Dan Savage designed the project to reimagine WPIX-11 (NY) TV’s Yule Log broadcast loop. Viacom/MTV licensed Yule Log 2.014 to play in their lobby. Their licensing fee – all $2,000 – was donated to C/I, an organization which teaches computing, leadership, and professionalism skills to underserved high school students.

Graphic Artists Guild Advocacy 2014

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 25, 2014

2014 has seen a lot of discussion on copyright and intellectual property, with roundtables scheduled by the US Copyright Office, and House Judiciary Committee hearings. The Guild has been an active participant, representing the interests of creators, and providing the perspective or working artists. Guild Executive Director Patricia McKiernan, Advocacy Liaison Lisa Shaftel, and Guild member Ed Shems spoke at a number of hearings and panel discussions. So far this year, we've presented seven times (in hearings, roundtables, and panel discussions), submitted two comment letters to the Copyright Office in response to their notices of inquiry, joined an amicus brief on behalf of the creators of Superman and artists Jack Kirby, and contributed to articles.

Transition to Guild Regional Structure Completed

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 18, 2014

This year saw the Guild make a momentous decision to move from a chapter to a regional structure. The decision to do so was voted on by the entire National board, which overwhelmingly supported the transition. During the summer, Guild members were invited to run for regional representative positions, replacing the previous Chapter president model. The Guild is now organized into five regions: Eastern (representative Colin Nichols), Midwestern (represenative Diane Barton), New England (represenative Todd LeMieux), Southern (representative Mark Bloechl), and Western (representative Sara L. Chapman).

Best Typography Websites Showcases Fonts in Action

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 12, 2014

Designer Jeremiah Shoaf showcases webfonts in action in his ongoing blog series, “The Best Typography-Based Sites…” Every month, Shoaf showcases his favorite websites, discusses the typography behind each, and provides links to both the websites and the foundries featuring the webfonts. The series is avaluable tool for designers — the web fonts are shown in action, and a wide range of websites are covered.

So What Kind of Logo Can You Get for $5?

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 11, 2014

Sacha Greif wondered just that when he heard about the bargain basement job site Fiverr, which connects buyers with sellers willing to provide their services for only $5. To investigate the quality of work he would receive, Greif created a fictitious company, SkyStats, and went to Fiverr to find a designer to create a logo. Greif settled on three designers who portfolios appeared to carry only original work. The initial logo designs ranged from “bad to surprisingly good,” and he posted the results on his blog. Commentators on the blog soon reported that the work of two of the designers was ripped off.

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