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ico-D: Icograda Name Change Reflects Diversity

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 16, 2014

Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design, announced December 15 that the organization changed its name to ico-D, the International Council of Design. The change was precipitated by concern that the previous name did not reflect the diversity of disciplines represented by the organization’s members. Ico-D’s mission remains unchanged. The organization continues to represent the interests of professional designers and promote a greater understanding and appreciation of design: “ico-D promotes design excellence, and upholds the importance of design as a key medium for progressive social change.”

Hold That Card: Holiday Waste

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 11, 2014

As Jason Powers illustrated in his infographic, in the United States over a million tons of landfill waste is created per week in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years. The waste goes beyond just paper goods: we also throw away about 25% of purchased foods, and 60% of us receive gifts we really don't want.

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).

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