Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 12th 2012
Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

A large majority of Graphic and Web Designers are Independent Contractors and most of us have experienced late invoices and many of us have had the unpleasant experience of an unpaid and completely neglected invoice. This is an epidemic affecting our industry and for years it seems like it has been falling through the cracks of the judicial system. According to the US Census, 10.3 Million Independent Contractors took up the work force in 2010. Last year, almost half... CONTINUE READING

PantoneLIVE Unveiled at Joint Event Between Advertising Production Club of New York and the Art Director’s Club

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 11th 2012
PantoneLIVE Unveiled at Joint Event Between Advertising Production Club of New York and the Art Director’s Club

Thursday night Pantone® unveiled the recent addition to their color management arsenal at the Art Director’s Club in New York, PantoneLIVE™, “a cloud-based color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards.” Held by the Advertising Production Club of New York in conjunction with the Art Director’s Club, the event marked a first time partnership for the two organizations. New APC President George Ashbrook said, “The APC are excited and privileged to collaborate with another of New... CONTINUE READING

Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2012
Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

Sure, there are perks to freelance life like flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but ask any honest independent creative professional and they’ll tell you there are downsides too. One of the biggest? Less daily opportunities for collaboration and interaction with like-minded peers, something The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman comically captures in “Why Working from Home is both Awesome and Horrible” Recognizing this, a growing number of co-working spaces have emerged worldwide with 537 in the... CONTINUE READING

The Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala is Urban Glamour

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 4th 2012
The Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala is Urban Glamour

The world famous Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala is today June 4th. Michael Bierut and Joe Marianek of Pentagram have been working with the Apollo on the brand identity for the campaign. Lionel Richie is the main inspiration for the Gala graphics, which weave lines from his signature hits “Say You, Say Me” and “All Night Long” into the language for the event: “Say You, Say Me, Say Apollo, Say Lionel, All Night Long.” It also includes lyrics from Etta... CONTINUE READING

Mission Accomplished: Behance Portfolio Review Building Creative Community Online and Offline

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 29th 2012
Mission Accomplished: Behance Portfolio Review Building Creative Community Online and Offline

What do a Graphic Designer in Karachi, Pakistan, a photographer in Treviso, Italy, an Illustrator in Bogota, Colombia and an Art Director in Montreal, Canada all have in common? They represent just a portion of the 4,000 creatives worldwide to participate in Behance Portfolio Review week kicked off at Grind NYC on Tuesday, May 15. The event turnout was just one remarkable aspect of the event series described by Sarah Rapp, Behance Community Manager as being “designed to help... CONTINUE READING

The Billion Dollar Ford Logo

By: David Langton on May 29th 2012
The Billion Dollar Ford Logo

I remember an old Mad Magazine spoof of the auto companies that included the line, “Build me a car that I can af-FORD.” Well as it turns out, Ford, the only one of the Big-Three American automakers to avoid the government bailout, put its trust in the company’s logo. According to the New York Times, “Ford put up its logo, headquarters, factories and other assets to qualify for $23.5 billion in loans that helped it survive the recession without... CONTINUE READING

Product Review: QuoteRoller Proposal Generator Software

By: Neil Tortorella on May 28th 2012
Product Review: QuoteRoller Proposal Generator Software

Over the past (Ahem) 35 years, I’ve written enough proposals to fill a tractor-trailer. In the beginning, I was pretty clueless and writing a proposal took a fair amount of time. Back then my close rate wasn’t too hot, either. But, with time and experience, they became easier to research and write. My close rate started to climb, as well. Proposals are one of those necessary business evils many designers wrestle with, newbies and vets, alike. What should be... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design—Now in Production Comes to Governors Island

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 25th 2012
Graphic Design—Now in Production Comes to Governors Island

From products and packaging to printed materials and digital interfaces, graphic design permeates every day life. Since the advent of desktop publishing not only have graphic designer’s roles expanded, but the types of work that fall under the umbrella of graphic design have as well. Current technologies continue to impact design in new and often unexpected ways, hence the organizing theme of “Graphic Design—Now in Production” focusing on “recent innovations in the ways designers work.” Arriving just in time... CONTINUE READING

How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 22nd 2012
How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

It has been years since I started my career as a graphic designer, and I can still remember the passion and enthusiasm to get my first design task. Many designers get the same feeling when they finish their studies or design school and start their career. As time passes, you experience the ups and downs of your career; you sometimes meet annoying clients, have to work under stress and might encounter problems that could even spoil your great ideas.... CONTINUE READING

The Remedy for the Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Results)

By: Neil Tortorella on May 22nd 2012
The Remedy for the Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Results)

My article, The Sad State of Design, 2012, garnered some excellent comments from readers and the poll showed an overwhelming number who agreed that the design industry is in something of a sad state (Results: 93%, yes 7%, no). So, does that mean that graphic design is going to the dogs and there’s no hope? Hardly. All it needs is a slight change in the way we approach things. Fellow Advisory Board member, Dave Bricker, summed it up pretty... CONTINUE READING

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