Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 29, 2016
In remembrance of David Bowie, designer Jonathan Barnbrook has released the graphics used on Bowie’s last album, “Blackstar,” for non-commercial use. Barnbrook announced the release via Twitter, and on Bowie’s Facebook page. The Facebook post describes the release as a tribute to Bowie: “...in the spirit of openness and in remembrance of David we are releasing the artwork elements of his last album ★ (Blackstar) to download here free under a Creative Commons NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.” The post encourages fans to use the artwork for t-shirts, tattoos, and other artwork, but cautions that the license prohibits the use of the elements in anything that will be sold.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 22, 2016
At first it seemed that the Tokyo Olympics were on track for building a strong identity for the 2020 games. In July 2015, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee unveiled a logo designed by Kenjiro Sano that was a refreshing contrast to the energetic, hand-script driven identities created for recent Olympic Games. However, the development of the Tokyo Olympics identity went into a tailspin when Belgian designer Olivier Debie accused Sano of plagiarizing Debie’s logo for the Theatre de Liege. The Tokyo Olympic Committee scrapped the logo, but, in a move that dismayed the design community, proceeded to crowdsource a new logo design through a design competition.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 15, 2016
A report issued in mid-January by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) concludes that the arts make a substantial contribution to the US economy – 4% of the GDP (gross domestic product), or $698 billion. The report summarized the first in-depth study by the federal government of the impact of the arts and cultural sector to the GDP. The results indicate that the arts are a bigger driver of the US economy than previously assumed. For example, results showed that in 2012, the arts contributed more to the US economy than construction or transportation and warehousing, and that for every 100 new jobs created by the demand for the arts, an additional 62 jobs were created.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 11, 2016
Artist Richard Prince has made a career out of rephotographing others’ images, earning the ire of photographers and artists. This practice led to an ultimately unsuccessful copyright infringement lawsuit by photographer Patrick Cariou. In that case, the court weighed in favor of Prince, agreeing that for the most part, his appropriation of Cariou’s photos was “transformative” and falls under fair use. This year, Prince is being sued once again for infringement, by photographer Donald Graham. And this time, experts agree that a fair use defense by Prince will have a much dimmer chance of succeeding. The outcome of this case could clarify further the limits of fair use protection in the cases of art appropriation.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 29, 2015