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Marvel Comics Settles with Estate of Jack Kirby, and Includes Creators’ Credit

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 08, 2014

At the end of September, Marvel Comics announced a settlement of a long-standing copyright dispute with the estate of Jack Kirby, the comic book artist who co-created many iconic superheros. Although the terms of the settlement have not been revealed, new issues of Marvel Comics now include a credit line, “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby” on the back cover. The estates of both Jack Kirby, and of Siegel and Shuster filed a petition to have the Supreme Court overturn lower court rulings on copyrights. On October 6, the Supreme Court refused to hear intervene in the copyright dispute.

Guild Member Discounts: WordPress A-Z Webinar Series and Blinkbid Invoicing Software

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 29, 2014

Joy of Code and Blink Bid, have extended new discount offers to Guild members. Joy of Code has developed a four-part webinar series, WordPress A-Z, taking place October 16, 23, and 30. Guild members are offered the course at a 25% discount, for $100 at the Early Bird rate (expires October 10). Blinkbid produces easy-to-use estimating, production, and invoicing software targeted to creative professionals. Guild members get $50 of the cost off the purchase price.

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.

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