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Doing Good Work: A Professional Code of Conduct for Graphic Artists

Presented By:
David Grossman, ICoD Board Member, in Discussion with Designer Yanique DaCosta and Illustrator Ed Shems

This webinar originally aired on November 18, 2020

Approximately 1 hour long.

Doing Good Work: a Professional Code of Conduct for Graphic Artists

The Guild has historically advocated for bettering the economic conditions of working illustrators and designers. However, the past year’s events have led us to question the role graphic artists play in addressing larger societal issues. The International Council of Design has published a document that can provide guidance on addressing some of these questions: their updated Professional Code of Conduct for Designers. ICoD board member, David Grossman, will join designer Yanique DaCosta, Guild Representative to ICoD, and illustrator Ed Shems for a free-ranging discussion on professional standards and ethics for working graphic artists:

  • What does it mean to be a “good” practitioner as an illustrator or designer?
  • What are our responsibilities to our clients, our peers, our community, and society?
  • How can an aspirational, international code for designers inform a national code for working graphic artists?

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About Our Panel:

David Grossman
David Grossman is an environmental graphic designer focusing mainly on public and institutional projects. He has many years of experience in design education, serving as a lecturer, head of department, and head of school. He has long been active in the professional design community on the national and international levels. David served as treasurer and then President of Icograda between 1995–2003, and returned to the organization, renamed ico-D (now ICoD), as President-Elect in 2013.

Since 2017, David has represented ICoD on the Design Declaration Summit Steering Committee.

David has played key roles as event organizer, editor, curator, lecturer, and juror for international design festivals, catalogs, exhibitions, conferences, and awards. In recent years, David has been active in supporting the development of the Chinese design industry infrastructure.


Yanique DaCosta

Yanique DaCosta is familiar to Southern Region members, having served for the past two years as the Southern Region Representative. She has also served for the past year as the Guild’s representative to ICoD, the International Council of Design. DaCosta is a passionate painter, educator, and entrepreneur, leading brand development projects that result in print, web and online, and motion graphic deliverables. Her clientele include Norwegian Cruise Lines, HBO, Atlantic Records, and Clear Channel.

DaCosta was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and came to the United States to pursue her education. She received an Associate Degree in Graphic Design, a Bachelors Degree in Studio Arts, and a Masters Degree in Media Design.





Ed Shems

Ed has been illustrating and designing since 1991. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ed has illustrated more than 25 children’s books and is currently writing and illustrating his own stories. His whimsical style(s) is well-suited for kid’s books, magazines (for kids or adults), education, advertising, wearables, and packaging (among others) and he is able to adapt his style to suit the needs of his clients.

Ed is co-creator of Creative Relay- a resource for creative professionals.

Ed is creative, easy to work with, understands what a deadline entails, and, importantly, loves what he does.


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