Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 16, 2014
Over 1,500 visual communicators will assemble for the 15th annual DesignThinkers Conference, a celebration of creativity and strategic design thinking taking place November 6-7 in Toronto, Canada. Organized by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), the event welcomes a star-studded line-up of 25 international speakers. Members of the Graphic Artists Guild get special pricing, and can register on the Group/Org rate. Early Bird rates end September 26.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 17, 2014
Guild member Ed Shems represented the Graphic Artists Guild, the Copyright Alliance, and concerns of individual artists at a hearing in front of House Judiciary Members on June 2. Shems spoke on the impact proposed changes to copyright law regarding the first sale doctrine could have on artists. The proposed changes would expand the doctrine of first sale, permitting licensed digital materials to be resold by the purchaser. Shem’s pointed out that the proposed changes could make policing of copyright infringement more difficult, reduce business for designers and illustrators, and force creators to raise fees.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 09, 2014
Launched just this month, oozle is a web developer’s dream: a web app which provides a steady stream of curated resources from accessibility through wireframing. Many of the resource categories are related directly to coding and production, such as mockup tools, HTML 5, responsive web design tools, and prototyping. Several other categories list resources to help web designers run their businesses, build their skills, add to their webtools, and replenish their creativity. There’s even an alluring “Just Handy” feed, with eclectic resources such as goofy ipsums.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 04, 2014
A coalition of organizations devoted to addressing waste and recycling issues launched the Make It, Take It Campaign on April 30. The campaign attempts to pressure consumer goods companies into taking responsibility for the packaging waste generated by their goods. The campaign’s goal is three-fold: to pressure companies to change their package design to safe, sustainable materials; to make brands responsible for ensuring packaging is reused, recycled, or composted; and to educate the public on packaging issues and engage them in action.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on May 29, 2014
Iconic designer Massimo Vignelli passed away May 27, leaving behind a tremendous legacy of work. A hallmark of his aesthetic was an adherence to simplicity and clarity, most notably expressed in his groundbreaking work in redesigning the map and signage for the New York City transit system. Upon hearing of his passing, SEGD, the multi-disciplinary organization of environmental designers, posted an eloquent tribute titled “You Can Design Everything.”