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24 Ways to Impress Your (Web Geek) Friends

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 18, 2014

24 Ways category iconsCelebrating it’s 10th anniversary, 24 ways, the advent calendar for web geeks, is back in fine form. 24 ways was started in December of 2005 by web developer Drew McLellan. McLellan published the blog throughout the month with daily articles on web code, productivity, client management, business – anything and everything a web developer might need. As McLellan writes, “There’s a lot of fun to be had in learning something that will impress those you work with – especially if then you can share what you know to everyone’s benefit.”

This year’s offering continues to delight, with articles from a wide range of experts weighing in on everything from SEO to graphics creation to carpal tunnel syndrome. Articles can be searched and sorted by major topics: business, code, content, design, process, and UX. Articles going back to the very first edition of 24 ways continue to be published, providing a rich resource for developers.

The clean, pared-down website was designed by Paul Robert Lloyd and built on the Perch Runway platform. (24 ways has included a complete colophon which credits everyone involved in the creation of the website.) For updates on each publication, readers can subscribe to 24 ways’ newsletter or RSS feed, or follow them on Twitter.

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ico-D: Icograda Name Change Reflects Diversity

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 16, 2014

ico-D logoIcograda, the International Council of Communication Design, announced December 15 that the organization changed its name to ico-D, the International Council of Design. The change was the result of extensive discussion and debate between Icograda members and board, and was overwhelmingly approved at the 2014 General Assembly. The change was precipitated by concern that the previous name did not reflect the diversity of disciplines represented by the organization’s members. The organization timed the announcement to coincide with the publication of their new website, a well-organized and responsive retooling, and edited their Twitter handle to @theicod.

Ico-D’s mission remains unchanged. The organization continues to represent the interests of professional designers and promote a greater understanding and appreciation of design: “ico-D promotes design excellence, and upholds the importance of design as a key medium for progressive social change.”

Below: the 2014 General Assembly. Photo @ ico-D

ico-D General Assembly

Hold That Card: Holiday Waste

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 11, 2014

Spot illustration © Jason PowersFour million tons of wrapping paper and bags, 2.65 billion holiday cards, enough ribbon to wrap around the earth several times: when it comes to holidays, Americans go big. As Jason Powers illustrated in this infographic, in the United States over a million tons of landfill waste is created per week in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years. The waste goes beyond just paper goods: we also throw away about 25% of purchased foods, and 60% of us receive gifts we really don't want.

The news isn't all bad though; we're far less materialistic than the statistics on waste might indicate. About 70% of us welcome less emphasis on gifts and spending, and 52% of us pass on those unwanted gifts (hopefully to recipients who truly enjoy them). Powers pulled together the infographic from data acquired from RecycleWorks, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Gallup. The data is three years old; Powers created the graphic in 2011. We'd be intrigued to see where the numbers stand now that the economy has been in a slow recovery.

Infographic © Jason Powers. Used with permission.

Holiday Waste infographic © Jason Powers

Illustration/Animation Project Yule Log 2014 Donates Licensing Fee to C/I

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 08, 2014

Dan Savage © Yule Log 2.014The second season of Yule Log (Yule Log 2.014) has been published, featuring the illustration and animation efforts of over 80 artists. The website features 70 short animations of yule logs curated by the animation studio Oddfellows. This year’s selection features the imaginative creations we’ve come to expect, such as the espionage-inspired Silent Knights by Joe Russ, Ben Tillett, and Syd Weiler; Chris Lohouse and Salih Abdul-Karim’s homage to 1920s cartooning, Stay Tooned; and Erin Kilkenny’s lovely retro, Smoke on the Water.

Yule Log creator Dan Savage designed the project to reimagine WPIX-11 (NY) TV’s Yule Log broadcast loop. Last year’s publication was a huge success, with over 1 million viewings and extensive coverage in industry blogs. This year, Viacom/MTV licensed Yule Log 2.014 to play in their lobby. Their licensing fee – all $2,000 – was donated to C/I, an organization which teaches computing, leadership, and professionalism skills to underserved high school students in after-school programs, camps, and paid summer internships.

Top right: Dan Savage's contribution to Yule Log.

Below: (clockwise) Silent Knights by Joe Russ, Ben Tillett, and Syd Weiler; Stay Tooned by Chris Lohouse and Salih Abdul-Karim; So You Say There's a Chance by Ege Soyeur and Nick Petley; Log Ride by Impactist; Smoke on the Water by Erin Kilkenny; and Hello Old Friend by James Wignall.

© Yule Log 2.014

Graphic Artists Guild Advocacy 2014

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 25, 2014

2014 has seen a lot of discussion on copyright and intellectual property, with roundtables scheduled by the US Copyright Office, and House Judiciary Committee hearings. The Guild has been an active participant, representing the interests creators, and providing the perspective or working artists. Guild Executive Director Patricia McKiernan, Advocacy Liaison Lisa Shaftel, and Guild member Ed Shems spoke at a number of hearings and panel discussions. So far this year, we've presented seven times (in hearings, roundtables, and panel discussions), submitted two comment letters to the Copyright Office in response to their notices of inquiry, joined an amicus brief on behalf of the creators of Superman and artists Jack Kirby, and contributed to articles. A full listing of our advocacy efforts is below.


US Copyright Office Roundtable discussion, “Orphan Works and Mass Digitization”
March 10 & 11, 2014, US Copyright Office, Washington DC
Advocacy Liaison Lisa Shaftel on the panel, and Executive Directory Patricia McKiernan in attendance

Comment Letter to the US Copyright Office notice of Inquiry about “Strategic Plan for Recordation of Documents” 
March 2014
Composed by Lisa Shaftel

US Copyright Office Roundtables on Reengineering of Recordation of Documents
March 28, 2014, Columbia School of Law, New York City
Transcript available here
Patricia McKiernan on the panel

Comment Letter to the US Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry about “Technological Upgrades to Registration and Recordation Functions” 
May 2014
Composed by Lisa Shaftel

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on First Sale Doctrine 
June 2, 2014
Guild Member Ed Shems on the panel, Lisa Shaftel and Patricia McKiernan in attendance

US Patent & Trademark Office, Office of Policy and International Affairs- Copyrights, Roundtable Discussions on “Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages”
June 25, 2014, Harvard University School of Law, Cambridge MA.
Transcript available here
Webcast viewable online
Ed Shems on the panel, speaking on “the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment”

Guild joined amicus brief in support of “Superman” creators, Siegel and Schuster, and artist Jack Kirby
June 2014
The Graphic Artists Guild joined the National Writers Union (NWU), the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in signing on to an amicus brief on behalf of Laura Siegel, daughter of the co-creator of “Superman,” Jerry Siegel, along with Shuster, and Jack Kirby, an early Marvel Comics artist. The families of Siegel and Shuster, and of Kirby, petitioned the US Supreme Court hear their appeals of two Circuit Court decisions which rejected their attempts to regain the copyrights. The US Supreme Court refused to review the Appellate Court decision. Warner Brothers, present owner of Marvel Comics and the rights, won.

Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts Symposium “Creation is Not Its Own Reward: Making Copyright Work for Authors and Performers”
October 10, 2014, Columbia School of Law, New York City
Webcast available
Lisa Shaftel on the panel, and Patricia McKiernan in attendance

Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts Symposium Issue Submission for Fall 2014
Composed by Lisa Shaftel

ICOGRADA 2014 General Assembly Meeting, and Professional Platform Meeting,
October 25 & 26, 2014, New York City
Patricia McKeirnan spoke on speculative practices.
Rebecca Blake, Graphic Artists Guild Representative to ICOGRADA and Patricia McKiernan in attendance

Roundtable discussion on United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur Farida Shaheed’s report, “Copyright Policy And The Right To Science And Culture”
October 28, 2014, NYU School of Law, New York City 
Lisa Shaftel on the panel

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