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Artist Dies of Exposure: Tim Kreider on Working for Free

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 10, 2013

In response to no less than three requests for free work within one week, cartoonist and writer Tim Kreider issued a manifesto via the New York Times Op-Ed page calling upon his younger colleagues to not give away their work. In fairness, Kreider admits that many of the requests come from struggling organizations or publishers. But he accurately describes a cultural shift which has occurred, in which creative work has been devalued and demoted to “content”, and in which the ease of digitizing and accessing that work via the Internet has lead to stagnant income increases.

You Are What You Kern: Beautiful Web Typography via HTML5

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 30, 2013

Designer and educator Amy Papaelias had created and coded an online resume showcasing beautiful web typography. “You Are What You Kern” is well worth a visit to see what mastering CSS can yield. Papaelias welcomes visitors to “poke around” and see how she put it together. To make the visit even more worthwhile, Papaelias has included a list of links to some of her favorite typographic resources, from grids and stylesheets, to a how-to on hanging punctuation.

The Challenge: Draw a Letter a Day

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 28, 2013

The Weekend Lab is hosting a fun project, Draw a Letter a Day. Visitors to the site are invited to draw a designated letter on screen, download it to their computers, and submit it to either The Weekend Lab’s tumblr page or tweet it to @TheWeekendLab. The project’s tmblr page shows a charming range of letter ideas, from a stick-figure A to a Dino-the-dinosaur D. Since the letters are drawn on screen, each has a wonderful hand-drawn quality.

CARE for Sandy, One Year Out

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 25, 2013

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, it's fitting to revisit one of our favorite charities — one which creatives with good Photoshop skills can assist. CARE for Sandy (Cherished Albums Restoration Effort) was started by creative director Lee Kelly in response to a web post about a wedding photo which washed ashore after the hurricane devastated Staten Island. While tracking down the photo's owner and offering her restoration services, Kelly realized she could tap into her network of colleagues to organize assistance for other owners of damaged photos. On November 10 — 11 days after the hurricane slammed the metro-New York City area — CARE for Sandy was launched. In the year since then, the organization has conducted numerous scanning events in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn, accruing a backlog of thousands of photos in need of repair.

Copyright Office Report Acknowledges Impact of Small Claims Issues with Individual Creators

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 17, 2013

On September 30th, the Copyright Office released their report on copyright small claims. The report documents “significant costs and other challenges of addressing [small] copyright claims” and recommends the establishment of an alternative system of adjudication within the Office. The Copyright Office specifically thanked those who participated in the Office’s public call for feedback and noted that the small claims issue particularly impacts individual creators. The Guild is proud to have participated in this public process, and thanks the many individual artists who responded to the Copyright Office’s call for information.

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