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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.

Seven Years of Brain Pickings — Immeasurable Wisdom

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 26, 2013

In late October of 2006, Maria Popova, a college student and freelancer at an advertising agency, started sending out a periodic inspirational email. The email evolved into a blog which Popova dubbed Brain Pickings. On the seventh anniversary of Brain Pickings, Popova published an article of what she has learned from the experience. The list amply reflects the wisdom behind Brain Pickings, and provides a framework for building a relevant and productive life: 1) Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind; 2) Do nothing for prestige or status or money alone; 3) Be generous; 4) Build pockets of stillness into your life; 5) When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them; 6) Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity; 7) “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” – Debbie Millman.

Sunrise: Font Aid VII Creates a Collaborative Typeface for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 25, 2013

In response to the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, the Society of Typographic Aficionados has reissued their Font Aid fundraising model. Font Aid VII calls on designers and typographers to create glyphs based on the eight-rayed sun featured on the Phillipine flag. The glyphs will be arranged in a typeface that will be offered for sale on the SoTA website; proceeds from the sale will got to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 1st. Participants are asked to submit vector artwork in black and white, to fit within a 10” square. Submission guidelines and instructions are posted on the SoTA website.

Guild Attends Icograda General Assembly 25

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 20, 2013

The Guild attended the Icograda General Assembly 25 from November 16-18. Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design, is a global organization representing the interests of design associations and educational institutions. As a Professional Member of Icograda, the Guild and other organizations were invited to present on the challenges facing our members, and on how we hope Icograda can help us achieve our goals. We described the Guild's activities within the United States on copyright and advocacy issues, and iterated our desire for a dialogue on speculative practices with similar organizations from around the world. We also expressed our desire for action with like-minded organizations via an Icograda platform on speculative practices.

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