GRAPHIC DESIGN ENEWSLETTER / MAY 19, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE:
Publishers Notes: Color Forecast Preview
The May 2009 edition of Graphic Design USA magazine features our annual color forecast. It will be arriving in your mailboxes later this week. As a perfect match, Pantone, the global authority on color, is sponsoring the forecast so that we may bring it to the creative community. In all honesty, I used to be cynical about color forecasts; they seemed vague and new age-y, a blank canvas upon which sophists project their theories and fantasies. However, having studied and written about these forecasts for nearly two decades, I have become a believer. Not about predicting specific colors, which no legitimate color professional would claim to do, but about the ability of these authorities to sniff out evolving directions shaped by broad social, economic and technological factors. I was especially struck, this time around, by the subtle weaving of large themes: fear, minimalism and optimism stoked by the Great Recession; the expanding influence of foreign cultures as a result of Globalism; the ever-growing penetration of the Environment into our collective psyche and the complex natural palette that is emerging as a result; and the power of the Internet to accelerate all trends and break down the boundaries of time and space. Look for the magazine; the content is interesting and there is lots to think about. If all else fails, a fashion-forward section, also courtesy of Pantone, has lots of pretty dresses, if you are into that. (Shown here: the designer is Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel Scott and color is an eco-influenced warm olive.)
— Gordon Kaye
The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, has made public the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines. First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the awards were established to promote excellence and innovation in design. Of particular interest to graphic designers, The New York Times Graphics Department took top honors in the Communications Design category, with Hoefler & Frere-Jones and Project Projects as the finalists. The Times is honored for its long history of groundbreaking information graphics. Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones have created unique, world-class typefaces for private, public and nonprofit clients, and Project Projects was co-founded in 2004 by established designers Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels. The 2009 National Design Awards recipients, who will receive their awards at a gala in New York City this fall, include:
The jury? Several previous winners: John
Maeda, RISD; Stephen Frykholm, Herman Miller; Michael Maharam,
Maharam; Marissa Mayer, Google; Sigi Moeslinger, Antenna Design;
Monica Ponce de Leon, University of Michigan (TCAUP) and Office
dA; Ralph Rucci, Chado Ralph Rucci; Margaret Stewart, YouTube; Marc
Tsurumaki, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis; Michael Van Valkenburgh, Michael
Van Valkenburgh Associates.
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With Mother's Day just past, you may want to thank mom for passing along nuggets of wisdom that help on the job hunt. Following are five ideas you may have heard from her that can help you land a new role in a challenging economy:
1. “Mind Your Manners.” This is especially important when checking in with a company's receptionist prior to an interview: Six out of 10 hiring managers surveyed by our firm said they value their assistant's opinion when making hiring decisions. So, go out of your way to be nice to everyone, from the executive assistant to the parking attendant, when you're meeting with a potential employer.
2. “If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say... ” There are few bigger turn-offs for hiring managers than listening to a potential employee vent about his or her former company, coworkers or boss. While you want to give authentic responses to interview questions, focus on what you bring to the table, not slights from your past.
3. “Do Your Homework.” Researching the prospective employer is the most important step prior to applying for any job. Tailor your resume, cover letter and portfolio to the opportunity, making note of how your skills can contribute to the company's immediate needs. In the interview, use what you learn about a firm to ask intelligent questions that demonstrate your understanding of the business.
4. “Don't Sell Yourself Short.” Your resume shouldn't be a laundry list of former job duties. Instead, highlight your achievements, quantifying your contributions wherever possible. But be selective in the successes you highlight. Ultimately you want to emphasize those that are most relevant. Winning a student design competition, if you graduated a decade ago, isn't the crowning achievement it once was.
5. “Always Send A Thank You Note.” Yes, mom was right. Employers do pay attention. In fact, nearly nine out of 10 executives polled said sending a thank-you note can boost a person's chances of landing a job.
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May 17-20. New York NY. Javits Center. The Supply Side event brings together manufacturers, suppliers and decisionmakers from the social stationery, giftware and graphic arts industries. Presented in conjunction with the National Stationery Show (NSS), The Supply Side provides a forum for the more than 1,100 National Stationery Show exhibitors to source key vendors at a time and place that's both practical and convenient.
FunctionFox Webinar: Grill the Expert About Your Business Challenges!
May 21. Victoria, British Columbia. Free Webinar courtesy of FunctionFox.. A panel of creative industry business experts answer the most challenging questions about what it takes to run a successful operation today. Creative Consultant, Emily Ruth Cohen, Mary-Lynn Bellamy-Willms, and Deborah Dawton field live questions during this free 45 minute event. To register...
May 21. Philadelphia PA. Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram's New York office, will round out AIGA Philadelphia's Community Choice Lecture series at Moore College of Art & Design. Presenting on the topic of design business, Mr. Bierut will discuss Five Design Secrets That Will Work in Any Economy.
Through May 22. New York NY. AIGA National Headquarters. “Everybody Dance Now: 20 Years of Dancing in Print” is a survey of the visual and performing arts magazines Dance Ink and 2wice, designed by Abbott Miller. The exhibition features the magazines' historic collaborations with dancers, choreographers, and photographers.
May 26. New York NY. This AIGA/NY-sponsored speaking engagement features controversial graphic designer James Victore F.I.T.'s Katie Murphy Auditorium. Called “How To Stay Hard,” Victore will discuss client work, personal work, new work, what he does to maintain love and balance in his job, life, and family.
May 27. Seattle WA. Pyramid Alehouse. Graphic Artists Guild May Workshop Social Media Marketing Panel - What Actually Works? In this second part of the Guild's two-part series on the online social media phenomenon, a panel of experts share their experiences on what's working for real people in real life.
May 27-30. San Diego CA. Society for Environmental Graphic Design announced the 2009 SEGD Conference + Expo. “Blurring Lines, Crossing Borders, Ignoring Boundaries,” is the theme. Says Amy Owen, 2009 conference chair, “Design is increasingly global, pan-disciplinary, multimedia, and amorphous, defying all traditional boundaries.”
May 27-June 27. New York NY. The Center For Book Arts.v Text and image have enormous potential to combine, intermingle, blend, and flow, thus creating new modes of expression. This is the underlying theme of \'flo\: art, text, new media, a group exhibition at The Center for Book Arts. The exhibition features over thirty artists.
June 1. Winterhouse Writing Awards Submission Deadline. The program seeks to increase the understanding and appreciation of design both within the profession and throughout American life. The annual awards were founded by Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel of the Winterhouse Institute.
June 4. New York NY. The ADC Gallery. The 88th Annual Awards Exhibition will feature Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in five categories: Design, Advertising, Interactive, ADC Hybrid and ADC Design Sphere. After June 26, it will embark on a global tour. Sponsored by the Art Directors Club.
June 6. Troy MI. Interfaces 2009, hosted by the International Academy of Design and Technology. An annual conference for the graphic design, digital media and game design industries. Attendees included professionals in all three industries, faculty from local and national colleges, as well as students.
June 9. Washington DC. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The Green Media June Conferences from SustainCommWorld will deliver experts in sustainable media, networking with sustainability leaders and advice on the best green practices. There will be a seminar on reinventing print and digital media.
June 11. Boston MA. The BoNE Show is a unique competition and fundraiser held in New England once every 2 years. This event benefits AIGA Boston. An exhibition of winning entries will be hung at massART. Tickets are now on sale and admission includes a published catalog of winning entries.
June 12. Baltimore MD. Towson University. University & College Designers Association Workshops provide a focused, themed program relating directly to designers and visual communicators. Workshop faculty will share their thoughts on design, creativity, pitfalls and success; each presentation will finish with ample time for an indepth Q & A session.
June 16-18. Los Angeles CA/New York NY. Promax|BDA, a leading global association for design, marketing and promotion professionals n the entertainment industry hosts a powerful slate of speakers. Presenters includes Rhode Island School of Design head, John Maeda; Justin Cone, Editor of Motionographer and celebrated artist Ralph Steadman. It takes place at the Hilton New York.
June 17-June 18. San Francisco CA. The Stanford Court. “Re-Thinking... Design” is an opportunity for designers to collaborate on the leadership role that design should take on facing the relevant challenges of today's design business, becoming a change agent, and creating emerging opportunities to make an impact. This event will be hosted by the Design Management Institute.
June 18: Mystic CT. Connecticut Art Directors Club 34th Annual Awards Show at the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. A portion of the entry fees will be donated to the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.
June 24-June 27. Austin TX. Austin Convention Center. The HOW Design Conference offers a substantive view of real-world and current design projects and, as always, centers around career tips, creativity boosters, and software instruction in a tough economy.
June 30. Washington DC. The Museum for Women In The Arts. Leading women involved in sustainability in Corporate America; what they think, their evaluation of the progress, and what they want from their vendors. Industry expert Derek Smith is the organizer.
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