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Fashion House Appropriates Sacred Inuit Design

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 03, 2015

In November, Canada’s CBC Radio reported that British fashion label Kokon to Zai (KTZ) stole a sacred Inuit pattern to print on their “Shaman Toweling Sweatshirt.” Salome Awa, a descendent of the shaman who created the design, told CBC radio that her great grandfather created the image in the 1920s for a protection parka made of sealskin. The design is considered sacred, and by Inuit tradition, only the shaman is permitted to wear the design. Since no one at KTZ contacted her family for permission to use the pattern, Awa speculates that the fashion label saw the image in books or in a film documenting the travels of the explorer Knud Rasmussen, who met the shaman.

David Berman’s 11½ (or 15) Favorite Tools for Testing Website Accessibility

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 27, 2015

Website accessibility – making sites understandable and usable by those with physical and cognitive disabilities – is a growing concern for web developers. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has long published international standards for online accessibility, the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Many accessibility standards can easily be overlooked, or target goals inadvertently missed. David Berman addresses those pitfalls in 11 ½ Tools for Testing Website Accessibility, a webinar hosted by 3PlayMedia.

Ad Agency Video on Spec Work Belies Reality Facing Creators

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 18, 2015

A video on spec work produced by Toronto advertising agency Zulu Alpha Kilo is burning up the Internet. In the video, an actor approaches different businesses unfamiliar with work on spec (for the most part) and asks for free products or services. It’s heartening to witness an ad agency pushing back on spec work. Unfortunately, the situation is quite different for the professionals contracted by ad agencies to create content. As reported in numerous publications, such as Mashable, New Business Intel, and the LA Times, ad agencies are increasingly turning to crowdsourcing to generate content for their clients.

Guild Participates in Creative Rights Caucus 2015 for the House Judiciary Committee

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on November 12, 2015

On November 3, Guild members Lisa Shaftel (Advocacy Liaison) and John Schmelzer (past National President) participated in the 2015 Creative Rights Caucus for the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. The Congressional Creative Rights Caucus is a bipartisan Caucus dedicated to protecting the rights of content creators. The Creative Rights Caucus is a bi-partisan legislative “listening” committee Co-Chaired by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA). The event was organized by the Professional Photographers of America [PPA].

Sheila Copps Challenges Designers to Address Global Issues

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 03, 2015

At the Eeum Design Connects international congress this past October in Gwangju, South Korea, Sheila Copps delivered a riveting keynote address that challenged the design community to effectively address global issues such as climate change and sustainability. Copps currently heads the World Summit and Congress of Architecture + Design + Planning, the 2017 international design congress which will bring together a multitude of design disciplines. In her address, Copps focused on how design can be used as a leverage for political action. She then asked when, where, and how do designers connect with decision-makers.

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