Archive: Business

Shepard Fairey with his HOPE poster

Copyright Basics

18 minutes on copyright law from a Harvard professor.

Professional Ethics in Graphic Design

Professional Ethics in Graphic Design

Today in class we discussed professional ethics. These we divided into five broad categories, more or less following those outlined in AIGA’s Design Business…

Slow Company

On Bill Clinton and Cleaning Ladies…

Dead Man Earning

The first of many tangents: In class today we talked briefly about what constitutes identity. From names and logos to trade dress, architecture, language…

Post Modern Dogs

Yet another case of a designer’s work being ripped off…

The Design Fund

Investing in new ideas from designer-founders…

Resources

Today in professional practice we walked through the process of writing a design proposal. We’ll follow up with some more discussion on this on…

networking

Ask and You Shall Receive

Give and you shall receive more. Yesterday in our Professional Practice class we talked a bit about the importance of networking. We talked about…

The Means of Distribution

There is an interesting and somewhat frightening article in today’s New York Times about a deal between Twitpic and World Entertainment News Network. The…

Tik Tok

The final installment of this Kickstarter-themed week features the mother of all Kickstarter projects—the Tik Tok watch, by lunatik. This ingenious timepiece (I want…

Couchsurfing: The Movie

For day four of Kickstarter week I thought I’d share a project that still needs a kickstart. Couchsurfing (in case you haven’t heard) is…

The Noun Project

Just for fun, every post this week is going to feature a project funded by Kickstarter. Kickstarter (if you haven’t already heard) is a…

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air, has a new book titled, “Where Good Ideas Come From.” If this interview with Salon.com is…

Please Stand By

First of all, sorry for the silence these past two weeks. I had a little surgery and I’ve been focused on finishing my book….

On Target

The Bay Citizen reports that San Francisco artist Steve MacDonald is outraged that Target “ripped off” his design for the Bicycle Film Festival, and…

One Love

About a year ago, driving to school, I heard on NPR that a Canadian investment firm had secured the rights to the Bob Marley…

What You Want

[via AIGA] I’m pretty much just reposting this from AIGA’s website. Spec work is a touchstone topic and one that gets people pretty riled…

Two Words (Part 2 of 2)

Thanks to all those who commented on the previous post. And now for the dramatic conclusion: Appreciate first that I wanted this job in…

Two Words (part 1 of 2)

When you cheat you only cheat yourself. That’s how the expression goes. It turns out, though, that’s just not true. I had an experience last week that drew this into sharp focus for me. I’m still a little raw from it, so I apologize in advance for any aspect of this post that seems cathartic. My hope however is that my experience may benefit you.

What Makes A Great Intern?

Quite randomly I stumbled upon this article today about what makes a great intern, written by an acquaintance of mine from Black Book —…

Get A Job

MINE™ is seeking rockstar talent (without the rockstar attitude) for a full time design position. Strong conceptual, critical, verbal, visual and print production skills…

On Internships

Typically we get about one or two inquiries per day from students or young designers hoping to intern with us. I assume most other…

Spoons Are Not Emotional

For the past few years, “neuromarketing” researchers for Campbell’s have been studying human behavior — specifically, the way humans behave when they buy soup….

Should I Work For Free?

The inimitable Jessica Hische created this handy chart to help you answer the sometimes tempting question, “Should I work for free?” Click on the…

Architecture: 5¢

From the New York Times: John Morefield is one of thousands of unemployed designers who are reinventing themselves. Last year, he put up a…

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