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ICON 10 Education Symposium Call for Abstracts on “Teaching in the Future”

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 30, 2017

ICON 10, The Illustration Conference, has put out a call for papers to be considered for their Education Symposium taking place next July in Detroit, MI. Conference organizers are interested in reviewing submissions from a broad range of sources: academics, educators, researchers, and professional practitioners such as illustrators, typographers, designers, and fine artists. Fitting with the theme “Paradigm Paradox: Teaching in the Future,” submissions should explore how illustration is taught and crafted in a rapidly evolving environment, precipitated by technological changes to both production and delivery methods.

Metro-NY Artists: Pro-Bono Legal Assistance for Copyright Disputes

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on June 27, 2017

The Copyright Alliance has partnered with Cravath, Swain, and Moore LLP and Columbia Law School to provide pro-bono legal services for individuals and small businesses involved in copyright disputes in New York City. Through the initiative, Columbia Law School students working under the supervision of lawyers from the firm provide legal counsel and learn trial skills as related to copyright law. Designers and illustrators operating in the metro New York City area with a copyright dispute are encouraged to apply for consideration in the program.

A Year with the ADAA, Part 1: Judging the Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 24, 2017

Over the past year, Guild member and designer Theresa Whitehill has had a unusual relationship with software giant Adobe: that of both judge and mentor in their student Adobe Design Achievement Awards. As judge, Whitehill had the opportunity to review work by design, illustration, and film production students from around the world, working in tandem with a team of peers.

Creating Unity Through Color Editing

Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 22, 2017

How often have you faced this challenge? You have a disparate selection of images—they may have very little in common in terms of subject matter, color palette, or composition—and it’s your task to create a cohesive and effective layout using all of the images. Proper color editing of webpage images is a step most web designers overlook. Yet ignoring this crucial step can result in a webpage which is unbalanced, misdirecting the viewer’s focus and resulting in an unpleasant (if not confusing) user experience.

“First Expressed in Nature”: Science Illustrator Pieter Folkens Raises Copyright Concerns

Posted by Rebecca Blake on May 24, 2017

The Copyright Alliance interviewed Guild member and noted marine mammal illustrator Pieter Folkens for their "Five Questions” interview series with individual creators. The interview probed Folkens’ experience with copyright infringement – as one of the first science illustrators to focus on whales, dolphins, and porpoises, his high quality illustrations have been repeatedly infringed. But it's Folkens’ concerns with the merger doctrine and scenes à faire doctrine – two principles that most visual artists are unaware of — that are particularly illuminating.

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