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Remembering Mandela: The Mandela Poster Project

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 23, 2013

In recognition of the passing of Nelson Mandela, we’re revisiting the Mandela Poster Project, and Icograda-endorsed initiative which took place this summer. The project was initiated by South African designers Jacques Lange and Mohammed Jogie. It sought to celebrate Mandela’s 95th birthday by soliciting poster submissions from the global design community. Limited editions of some posters were printed and sold, with proceeds going to Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. The funds will assist in the estblishment of a dedicated children’s hospital in Johannesberg – Africa’s third , and a final wish of Nelson Mandela’s.

Digital Advent Calendar: The Christmas Experiments

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 20, 2013

Now in its second year, the Christmas Experiments continues to showcase the quirky, fantastic holiday musings of coders and digital artists. Experiments functions as an online calendar, with a new offering revealed every day up through Christmas Eve. The submissions range from fun animations, such as The Christmas Playlist by David Donut, to winter landscapes, dancing Santas, interactive games, and a singing moose. Each project is a unique creation showcasing the talents (or providing a canvas for some experimental work) of the coder or artist.

Butterick’s Practical Typography

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 19, 2013

Lawyer and type designer Matthew Butterick has self-published a treatise on typography: Butterick’s Practical Typography. Although the book is targeted to non-designers, it is a clear, easy-to-follow overview of the basics of typography that even designers well-versed in type layout will enjoy revisiting. Butterick builds a solid basis on typography best-rules, starting with “Why Typography Matters,” and proceeding with thorough discussions of type composition, formatting, font choice, and page layout. He concludes with an appendix of valuable features such as a meaty bibliography, a list of bad typewriter habits, and keyboard shortcuts for common accented characters.

Crafting a Portfolio for Licensing Your Art

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 29, 2013

J’Net Smith, owner of All Art Licensing, recently featured an article on “5 Top Portfolio Tips for Art Licensors.” In the article, she shares her tips on the size of the portfolio, how to organize the portfolio by theme and create flow from piece to piece, and how to select work for an online portfolio. She advises artists to select work that fully represents their style while being relevant to the current market. She also recommends that the work be organized, keeping in mind how manufacturers approach their collections so as to minimize frustration when wading through a portfolio.

New Avenue for Publicizing Logo Theft

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 27, 2013

The website Logo Thief was conceived to display egregious examples of logo design infringement, and began publicizing examples in late November. Unlike many blogs which complain of copyright infringement, Logo Thief documents examples of logo infringement, providing links to the original creators’ websites and portfolios, as well as the posts by the infringing designers. The links are given in a list at the end of each article, forming a rough timeline of when the logo was original posted to the creator’s portfolio and when it appeared on the infringing website or materials. The LogoThief blog even shows overlaid examples of the original and infringing work –– compelling evidence of outright copying.

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