excelsiorama typeface designed by UNY DesignersYou know how they say “it takes a village”? Well this village (AIGA UNY) got together and made something pretty fantastic. Over 30 designers contributed to “excelsiorama” a typeface by graphic designers living and working in “Upstate” (not NYC) New York. We each got to pick a letter (or number) and take our own spin on it, making the typeface fitting for every wacky situation. Check out this awesome feature on How Design. This project shows the power of having fun, and collaboration. Thank you so much to Tyler Fink for organizing this circus show (also fan girl time – how cool that I get to meet people like Tyler and all the collaborators through AIGA and design?) You can too – just join AIGA! (shameless plug).



Influence over Fame

I recently had brunch with two really lovely ladies, and quickly realized it should be more of a regular occurrence. First off, brunch is delicious (DUH) and second, getting out of the office and talking with like minded individuals brings me so much fuel!Gain Influence Not Fame

Natalie’s a wedding photographer in Rochester, NY, and her work is magical. Her  work is primarily locally based, and she truly values the experience her customers get when they work with her. I’m not going to spoil all the juicy details of her brand experience, but working with her is so much more than hiring a photographer. She creates memories, she makes you feel wonderful beautiful things, and she has consistent beautiful messaging throughout. Her goal is to have an impact on those clients who choose to work with her, not to make some sort of global photography empire. Her success is not measured by her instagram likes, or how many clients she books, but by the influence she has on them. And let me tell you, she books a lot of clients. Thanks Natalie for reminding me how lovely brunch is, and for keeping me inspired!

Copycats suck

If you’re active on social media, I sure hope you’ve seen this already. Tuesday Bassen, an incredible illustrator, posted about her experience with fashion company, Zara. Zara copied her designs, and when her lawyer approached them, they basically said “you’re small, we’re big” and completely dismissed her concerns. Fortunately, the virtual world has her back, and we’re all pushing to help her out. What surfaced after her announcement was tons of other talented artists also showing the same thing happening to them. Take a look at the image below to see how blatantly Zara has ripped off these talented designers. Zara Art Theft

Imagine how differently this would have worked out if Zara had contacted these designers and asked to license their work, or collaborate on a pin collection. Everyone would love Zara for supporting them, and the artists would be making a commission (let’s say 4%) of sales to pay for their artwork. Wouldn’t that be nice? Win/Win.

As a designer, it’s discouraging that this is what we have to watch for. We want to grow, and share our work, but the more we share, the larger we get, the more likely this is to happen. It happens everyday, and often times goes without being talked about. I’m so glad this group of artists is talking about it, and that the media is noticing.

Thank you to Adam J Kurtz for compiling this list, and be sure to support the artists by shopping the link, and buying the originals.

Basically, SCREW YOU ZARA!