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GIgapixel ArtZoom: Focusing on the Seattle Art Scene

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 11, 2014

In October 2013, Microsoft teamed up with Seattle artists to create Gigapixel ArtZoom, an online panorama that shows off Seattle’s stunning vistas and vibrant art scene. Gigapixel ArtZoom was built on technology first demonstrated in 2006 which permitted smoother panning and zooming of images of billions of pixels. A plan was developed to create the panoramic shot of Seattle, and populate it with painters, fashion and costume designers, performance artists, dancers, and acrobats. The result is a wonderful “Where’s Waldo” adventure: the viewer can search for artists within the cityscape, and zoom in to trigger a pop-up window with information and videos or photos.

An Invitation: Intensive with Bob Gill, June 9-13

Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 31, 2014

Designer/illustrator Bob Gill is inviting up to six designers for a five-day intensive in his studio in New York City. The intensive is being offered June 9-13. In it, designers will work with Gill in reviewing their portfolios, formulating realistic goals, and developing creative solutions. Gill is one of the founders of Pentagram, and is in the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. He is the author of over 20 books.

Guild Joins Organizations in Amicus Brief in Fine Art Appropriation Case

Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 30, 2014

In mid-December, the Graphic Artists Guild joined other arts organizations in filing an amicus brief in opposition to a brief filed by the Warhol Foundation in Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince. Photographer Patrick Cariou sued fine artist Richard Prince for copyright infringment after Prince appropriated a number of Cariou’s photographs for a series of paintings. While the District Court found in favor of Cariou, the United States District Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed much of that decision, withholding judgement of five of the paintings. The court found that the bulk of the paintings fall under fair use since they “manifest an entirely different aesthetic from Cariou’s photographs.” The Warhol Foundation issued an amicus brief in which they argued in favor of the fair use finding, contending that the paintings are transformative. The brief file by the Guild and other organizations urges the court to reject the “reasonable person” standard proposed by the Warhol Foundation, and to find no fair use in this case.

Fine Art Appropriation and the Culture of Taking

Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 29, 2014

Recently the science and science fiction blog io9 posted on article that hit a nerve with illustrators. In “How a Science Fiction Book Cover Became a $5.7 Million Painting,” Charlie Jane Anders reported on the sale of artist Glenn Brown’s 1994 painting, “Ornamental Despair (Painting for Ian Curtis)”. What hit a nerve with illustrators is that the painting is a faithful copy of scifi illustrator Charlie Foss’ cover art for Isaac Asimov’s book Stars Like Dust. In light of continuous highly publicized cases of fine artists appropriating and profiting from the work of illustrators and photographers (Richard Prince, Shephard Fairey, Jeff Koons, etc), the ire is warranted. However, as with any circumstance that inflames, it’s advisable to take a closer look at the facts of the case.

Web Design Trends for 2014

Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 26, 2014

It’s the first month of the year, and all our favorite web gurus and resources have been issuing their predictions for 2014. The opinions range, of course; an expert in responsive design is going to identify different innovative trends than a developer working on creating a new content management system. But in reading through the slew of advice, certain predictions keep cropping up: flat design, increase in video and motion, importance of design for mobile devices, return of scrolling, and increased use of SVG.

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