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Exhaustion, Obsolescence, and Self-Worth

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 24, 2014

In May, designer Jason Santa Maria published an article speculating on what course his career (and life) would take should he ever stop designing websites. In What’s Next, Saint Maria explains that he’s preparing for the possibility that someday he won’t be able to (or interested in) continuing his career in web design. However, in a follow-up aticle, “Correspondence with an Ex-Designer,” Saint-Maria reveals a deeper disquiet, and an inspiring email exchange with Ruth, a former designer turned sheep farmer.

For the Font- and Dog-Obsessed

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 22, 2014

In mid September, Wegman posted on Facebook a short video of his latest crew of Weimeraners patiently modeling letterforms. Up to four dogs stretch, nose to tail, and curl their lanky bodies to create the letterforms as Wegman recites the alphabet.

Chronicling the (Extra)Ordinary: Tiny PMS Match

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 18, 2014

The Pantone Matching System has gone from being an invaluable tool for designers to a cultural meme. The creative community has taken inspiration from the iconic swatches, producing their own variations. One lovely take on the Pantone system is cataloged in Tiny PMS Match, a blog created by designer Inka Mathew. For the past year, Mathew has been color matching tiny, nondescript items from her daily life to Pantone swatches.

Google, Photographers Settle Litigation over Books

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 10, 2014

A group of photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have reached a settlement with Google in a lawsuit over copyrighted material in Google Books. The parties are pleased to have reached a settlement that benefits everyone and includes funding for the PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rights holders and users communicate clearly and efficiently about rights in works. The agreement ends four years of litigation over the inclusion of visual works in Google Books. Further terms of the agreement are confidential.

On Gods and Macaques: Who Owns the Monkey Selfie?

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 20, 2014

British wildlife photographer David Slater spent a number of days stalking a group of crested black macaque monkeys. As the animals became accustomed to him and his equipment, they approached the camera, setting it off, resulting in self portraits. The photos were an Internet sensation when they appeared on a number of news websites in 2011. Recently, the images hit the news again when several of the images, marked as public domain, were published by a Wikimedia user in their “free media repository,” Wikimedia Commons. Slater requested that Wikimedia remove the photos, and the organization refused to do so, stating that the photographer cannot claim to own the copyright since he didn’t actually snap the photo.

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