Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! (Part 2)

By: Neil Tortorella on Oct 29th 2012
Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! (Part 2)

The Internet is a wonderful thing. I pretty much live on it. It puts the collective knowledge of mankind at your fingertips. It also makes it very tempting and easy to lift a logo, art, image or some prose. It happens all the time. There’s a myth floating around that if something is on the Net, it’s in the public domain. Not so. Even if it doesn’t carry a ©, it’s probably still protected by copyright. But, stuff still... CONTINUE READING

Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! Part 1 (Poll Article)

By: Neil Tortorella on Oct 23rd 2012
Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! Part 1 (Poll Article)

As graphic designers, we deal in concepts and ideas. But, we also deal in intellectual property. Intellectual property (IP) is the area of law that addresses intangibles such as copyrights, trademarks and patents. For designers and other visual artists it concerns protecting the work we do, for both ourselves and, often, our clients. And herein lies the problem. Most designers don’t think about rights, unless they’re a Landor or some other huge design firm. That is to say, they... CONTINUE READING

Copyrights and Usage Rights: The Fundamentals

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 5th 2012
Copyrights and Usage Rights: The Fundamentals

Since graphic design and media production is dependent on the reproduction of photographs, designs and other imagery, graphic designers and photographers need to understand the issues related to copyrights and usage rights. They are not the same thing. (Note: although copyright and usage is an international issue, the topics discussed in this article pertain specifically to the U.S. and Canada, and for the most part, Europe. Other countries have varying laws and protection related to copyright. If you live... CONTINUE READING

Creating the Perfect Logo with LogoMotives’ Jeff Fisher

By: Julia Wild on May 21st 2014
Creating the Perfect Logo with LogoMotives' Jeff Fisher

GraphicDesign: Thanks for joining us. Talk about the process of developing a logo. Where do you start and what goes into it? Jeff Fisher: It’s about distilling the essence of any organization or event down to the simplest graphic symbol you can create. You need to display as much information as you can in a simple design that’s very recognizable and memorable. The most important information I get from a client always seems to be what they don’t like... CONTINUE READING

How to “Make Your Own Luck” with Kate Moross

By: Julia Wild on May 12th 2014
How to "Make Your Own Luck" with Kate Moross

GraphicDesign caught up with Moross to talk about her book, her background, her showcase, and her work with Fortune 500 companies. GraphicDesign: Why did you decide to write “Make Your Own Luck”? Kate Moross: I’ve been working on the actual copy for about six years, so some of the text in the book I wrote years ago and some is more recent. When I was talking to the publisher when I started writing, we discussed turning it into more... CONTINUE READING

Why Designers Should Learn Photography

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Apr 29th 2013
Why Designers Should Learn Photography

Somehow the two fields are connected to each other. This makes many art schools add photography courses to their design degree requirements or vice versa. In this article, I will try to explore with you if graphic designers really need to learn about photography, and I would like to hear your personal opinion and experience about graphic design and photography as linked talents. Photography In Your Design If you are a graphic designer who works in any of the... CONTINUE READING

99designs Aims for Agencies with Pro Tools

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 22nd 2013
99designs Aims for Agencies with Pro Tools

“Our development of Pro Tools was driven primarily by user feedback,” explained chief marketing officer, Jeff Titterton when asked what role user feedback played in developing Pro Tools. Titterton elaborated, “We interviewed hundreds of our advanced users and these features were consistently requested.” Notably among Pro Tools’ services are enhanced privacy features such as private contests, that are hidden from search engines and the general public—though still viewable by the 99designs community under a non disclosure agreement (NDA), and... CONTINUE READING

Folio – A Designer’s Toolkit Launches

By: Jo Gifford on Aug 7th 2012
Folio - A Designer’s Toolkit Launches

Folio, a new app and website launches this year which “exists to make finding quality digital assets easier” for designers. Many designers often have a need for an easy way to find editable, quality graphics that can be used in their work. Folio is a cloud based marketplace set up to allow content creators in the creative industries (such as graphic designers, coders, audio engineers and business professionals) a platform to quickly sell the digital content they create and... CONTINUE READING

Model and Property Releases: An Introduction for Photographers and Designers

By: Nat Coalson on Jun 6th 2012
Model and Property Releases: An Introduction for Photographers and Designers

Model releases and property releases are simple legal agreements between a photographer and another person. The general purpose of a model or property release is to document the consent of the person to use their likeness, or the representation of a property, in a photograph. Ideally, releases should be signed before the photography takes place. A release allows the photographer to make and use the photographs for purpose(s) described in the release and can also contain other terms specific... CONTINUE READING

Pinterest Fear

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 20th 2012
Pinterest Fear

Social media platform Pinterest is having a troublesome time in the wake of a blog post that went viral. Kirsten Kowalski both a photographer and a lawyer. She who deleted all her pinboards after reading up a little more closely on Pinterest’s terms and conditions, from a professional interest on both sides of the fence, both as a creative making money from imagery and a legal professional. She decided to look into the minutiae of the Pinterest terms, since... CONTINUE READING

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