GRAPHIC DESIGN ENEWSLETTER / MARCH 17, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE:
Publishers Note: Sign of Recovery
Mode Project, which collaborated on candidate Barack Obama’s exuberant “O”-shaped campaign symbol, is now responsible for the official symbol of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The logo will be displayed on signs for projects funded by the stimulus package. There are at least two positive aspects to this bit of news. First, use of the mark reaffirms the simple but profound role that graphic design can play in service to broader societal goals, and reflects a cool new president’s understanding of the power of design. Second, this particular symbol is so generic in form and substance that it invites parody from the Photoshop-erati and, my goodness, do we all need a laugh! (Here’s one of hundreds of spoofs, this by Tobias Becker on the Michelle Malkin blog.)
— Gordon Kaye
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Design Ignites Change
New Leader At LPK
OneWord One World
Modern Postcard is the designer’s ally in today’s
economy, offering GDUSA readers 30 percent off printing on any
product, any size or any quantity. This dramatic offer was
originally scheduled to end in February, but grew enormously
in popularity and has been extended until the end of March. In
addition to the big savings, GDUSA readers who place orders
by March 31 will receive a one-of-a-kind t-shirt created
specifically for this event by the Modern Postcard design team.
Move To Softer
Coupons Are Cool, Again
Circle of Life
Hall of Famer
Not Too Serious
Ready for a Reference Check? Finding a job in the current economy is no easy feat, especially if your references are less than glowing. Here are five tips for creating a solid reference list:
1. Identify your biggest fans. Always ask permission before using someone as a reference. Pay attention to how quickly and enthusiastically people respond to your request; this “self-reference check” can help you pick the best options.
2. Offer a few extras. When short-staffed, many hiring managers are pressured to move quickly, and if your contacts are unavailable, you may miss out on the job offer. Consider providing more references than are requested.
3. Make it easy on the employer. Provide clear contact information, including names, titles, daytime phone numbers and email addresses, for your references along with a brief explanation of the nature of your relationship with each person.
4. Give references a heads up. Each time you submit a reference list to a prospective employer, let your contacts know so they are well-prepared. Provide them with an updated copy of your resume, and describe the company and position you have applied for, as well as the name of the person who might be calling them.
5. Express appreciation. Always thank those who agree to speak on your behalf, even if they aren’t contacted by hiring managers.
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Now Through April 26. San Francisco CA. Museum of
Craft+Design. San Francisco Graphic Design 2009, an exhibition
presenting leading edge work from the likes of Philippe Becker, Josh
Chen, Barbara Vick, Christopher Simmons, Cinthia Wen, and many
more. Michael Osborne is the curator and exhibition designer.
March 12. Ann Arbor MI: Renowned designer
and architect Richard Saul Wurman is the speaker at this Penny
Stamps Lecture Series, co-sponsored by AIGA Detroit, University
of Michigan School of Art and Design and the Penny Stamps series.
March 12-13. Boston MA. Managing any
employee presents challenges, and special challenges are
encountered when managing creative staff. This seminar
sponsored by Design Management Institute and presented by
Dr. Leonard Glick of Northeastern University deals with
the common and classic issues.
March 18. Designer, filmmaker and author
Hillman Curtis speaks to the AIGA NY chapter as part of the
Design Remixed series. He was GDUSA’s Readers Choice
selection as 2009 Person To Watch.
March 22-24. New York NY. American Forest &
Paper Association’s 132nd Annual Paper Week takes place
at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. It’s the premier
pulp and paper industry event, with most top papermakers and
many distributors in attendance, to discuss trends and issues
that ultimately effect paper buyers and specifiers.
March 24. Palo Alto CA, Come connect with
other local creative professionals for a casual evening of
stimulating and in depth conversation at Klvb WADC. Want to
talk shop? Here’s your chance. Get feedback on a logo or
show us a video you cut together. Discuss trends in the
creative industry, get some tips on interviewing or even a
March 26. New York NY. New Frontiers of
Graphic Design, a panel including Heidi Dangelmaier, Doug Jaeger,
Chris Rubino and Felix Sockwell. Tribeca Cinemas on Varick
Street is the place. Stephanie Murg, editor of the design
blog unBeige is the moderator.
March 26-28. Milwaukee WI. University &
College Designers Association (UCDA) presents “The Big
Brand Wolf.” At this ‘must attend’ UCDA Summit,
the focus will be on how to stay fresh and current in these
changing times, to see the forest for the trees, and how to
battle the wolf.
March 28. Boston MA. AIGA Boston celebrates
25 years as a chapter with an all-day, two-pronged event: workshops
during the day and a party at night at the Vlora Restaurant. Heather
Shaw is the contact person.
April 3-4. Union NJ. “Thinking Creatively,”
a two-day, world-class conference for creative professionals and
students, takes place at Kean University. Organized by the Art Directors
Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ) and The Design Center at Kean University,
the conference features 23 sessions and 24 speakers.
April 4. The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts a
one day conference, Design As Social Agent, exploring the intersection
of visual culture and social transformation. Presentations, interviews,
gallery tours, author talks, and more, are planned. IGA Boston is a
co-sponsor with the ICA.
April 15. New York NY. Connect with the community,
replenish paper samples and update your printing knowledge at the Art
Directors Club Paper Expo an evening that includes food, drinks and
friends. It takes place at the ADC Gallery in Manhattan.
April 16. Chicago IL. Picturehouse holds its
fourth annual Chicago event, this year at the River East Art
Center. Graphic designers and stock agencies meet in a friendly
and intimate setting. New this year! A free lecture on
Copyright/Copywrong in Image Licensing by attorney and author
Nancy Wolff. Picturehouse Chicago is free, but you must
May 1. Warren NJ. Hundreds of creative
professionals are expected for the Art Directors Club of New
Jersey, 46th Annual Exhibition. Location: The Stone House at
Stirling Ridge. Theme: In Search of Shining Stars.
May 4-5. Seattle WA. An Event Apart is a web
design conference focusing on creating content, designing effective
pages, and dealing with browsers and web gadgets. The events are
lead by Jeffrey Zeldman and partner Eric Meyer. After Seattle, they
go on the road to Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.
May 17-19: New York NY: SURTEX 2009 is set for
the Javits Center in Manhattan. It is the only show dedicated to
the sale and licensing of original art and design in industries
such as home and apparel textiles, gifts, stationery, housewares
and consumer products. Penny Sikalis is VP and Show
Manager. Registration online is now open.
May 15. Madison NJ. The next In-Source event
— Practice Makes Perfect — is scheduled for
Friday, May 15 at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Speakers
will include Shel Perkins and Steve Benfield, both on the topic
of effectively managing creative services in today’s
The deadline for the 2009 American Inhouse Design Awards is
fast approaching. This is the original and largest showcase for
outstanding work by inhouse designers. To download an entry form,