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.
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.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 28, 2014
On October 25-26, the Guild attended Icograda’s first-ever Professional Platform Meeting in New York City. The meeting was devised to provide a structure for professional association members of Icograda to communicate and develop programs important to them and their constituents. The discussion was conducted between representatives from over 14 countries. The Guild’s Executive Director Patricia McKiernan was asked to speak on speculative practices, and outlined for the international audience the Guild’s opposition to crowd sourcing and contests which require artists to work on speculation. Her talk included examples of prominent crowd sourcing campaigns, such at those conducted by the Department of the Interior and the Obama for America Campaign, and described the Guild’s response.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 21, 2014
Award winning illustrator Otto Steininger has rallied the talents of his colleagues in creating a means to generate funds supporting Ebola relief efforts. Art Against Ebola sells artwork created by a number of prominent artists. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefit Last Mile Health, an organization which provides training to health workers servicing remote villages in Liberia, one of the nations hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. Artists Against Ebola is commendable, in that fees generated by sales of the artwork go directly to Last Mile Health.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 17, 2014
The New York Times reported in early October on a tax decision that could have wide-reaching affects. For years, fine artist Susan Crile has earned an income from both her artwork and her teaching job as a professor at Hunter College in New York City. In 2010, the IRS accused Crile of underpaying her taxes from 2004 to 2009, stating that her claim that she was both an artist and a teaching professional was artificial, and that she created art solely to support her position as a tenured professor. Judge Albert at the tax court rejected the IRS’s claim, stating the Crile established proof of her professional status as an artist.