GRAPHIC DESIGN ENEWSLETTER / AUGUST 11, 2009
In the June GDUSA Enewsletter, I labeled Twitter a fad, noting that 60 percent of users in a given month do not return to the site the following month, blamed the poor retention rate on lack of meaningful content, and nailed my point by repeating a truly idiotic tweet from Ashton Kutsher, the celebrity face of the Twitter movement. It felt good to rant. Then I heard from many of you who see Twitter in a more positive light; this exchange with designer Shelly Noble was illuminating.
— Gordon Kaye
PS. Soon afterwards, I heard from Eric Karjaluoto of smashLAB who directed my less-than-agile mind to his blog post, “More Mess, Less BS: Nine Simple Suggestions For Using Social Media.” The provocative piece, at ideasonideas.com, suggests a middle ground. Eric writes: “I often lament the hubbub around social media. It's not that I question its necessity or importance; rather, I dislike how it's upheld as the answer to all our problems.” Thus, Twitter may be simultaneously valuable and overhyped. More next month. GK
Graham, Sr. Dies at 69: Leading Atlanta Design Voice
Critt Graham, founder of one of Atlanta's longest running, most successful and respected design firms, passed away on August 1, 2009 from heart failure. Family, friends and colleagues across the nation are staggered by the loss.
Critt Graham was one of Atlanta design's most beloved figures, celebrated for his talent as a designer, photographer and painter. He was a founding board member of AIGA-Atlanta and one of the most prolific designers of American annual reports. He was frank, but kind; he could be tough but fair and gentle in all dealings with friends and colleagues.
Mr. Graham never considered design to be a hobby or an extension of fine art. It was a medium that when used effectively delivered a message in a creative way. He knew to be effective you had to pay attention to your client at all costs, deliver the goods every time and never, ever take either clients or talent for granted.
But Mr. Graham treated photography and painting differently - the black-clad businessman with silver hair and a voice that often growled, “Damn right,” was a lighthearted kid when holding a camera or a brush. Every year the annual company Christmas card was an original Graham painting, often surprising those who knew him with its sensitivity, tenderness, and, sometimes, even gosh darn-it sentimentality. For the past few years of his life, Mr. Graham had stepped away from the direction at Critt Graham and Associates, devoting himself to painting and exercise. He was determined to enjoy his retirement in Atlanta near his family and at his beloved retreat in Montana.
Bob Wages had lunch with Critt every two weeks or so for the past few years. Their last luncheon was just 16 days ago. “Critt looked great,” recalls Wages. “He told me he was exercising every day, painting more and more and loving life. He was completely recovered from his last bad bout with illness some years back. He asked me about my family and we both moaned about the lousy state of the economy. It was just good old Critt and I having a nice time. After we finished our meal, he excused himself a bit early because he had an errand to run: he was shipping his latest painting to his brother in California. It was a painting of his brother. Critt was a wonderful friend. A wonderful creative spirit and a heck of a lot of fun. I am going to miss him.”
Donations may be made to the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, Attn: Annual Fund, in memory of Mr. Critt G. Graham.
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In keeping with its “myPRINT” theme that promises attendees a fully customized trade show experience, PRINT 09 has announced two mini-conferences tailored for print buyers. The Print Buyers' Boot Camp and Print Buyers' Forum are among the educational programming available to graphic designers and print buyers during PRINT 09, to be held September 11-16, 2009, in Chicago's McCormick Place. Explains Ralph Nappi, president of the Graphic Arts Show Company, which produces the event: “Print buying is not only a crucial part of the graphic communications production process, but as new technologies have entered the industry it has evolved into a much more complex and multifaceted role... The fact that the Print Buyers' Boot Camp and Print Buyers' Forum, plus our many other educational seminars for print buyers, take place at the year's largest global graphic communications exhibition means that attendees have the opportunity to combine content with practical application. They will see firsthand, the equipment, applications and services that can help them create the products important to them.”
Those who lose their jobs aren't the only ones who suffer when layoffs occur. Remaining design staff members often feel “survivor's guilt” or worry that their jobs could be eliminated next. Following are five tips to help you rebound after your firm has had layoffs:
1. Get into the limelight. In uncertain times, it's important to be noticed for the right reasons. Volunteer for projects that no one wants to tackle or that fall outside your job description. For example, you might offer to redesign a PowerPoint presentation for the sales team.
2. Go with the flow. Managers appreciate designers who can roll with the punches and maintain productivity when faced with adversity. Demonstrate your ability to stay positive, motivated and focused on producing innovative work.
3. Pinch those pennies. Evaluate current production or design processes and offer suggestions for cutting costs or saving your company resources. Becoming known as the person who can find cost-effective solutions to design challenges can increase your job security.
4. Give them a reason to smile. After downsizing, employees may begin to doubt their abilities and question their own future with the company. If you are a manager, you may not be in a position to make promises of job security, but you can give direct reports positive feedback on their performance in challenging times.
5. Reach out. Offer assistance to those who have experienced a job loss by introducing them to your professional network and helping them with their job search.
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