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One of the critical roles that AIGA plays is to express the
collective interests of the profession through its advocacy efforts or to lead
the profession in demonstrating the impact of designers’ many voices on a
Our efforts can take on many forms. In the past two weeks
alone, AIGA has played an active role in:
While the ultimate outcome of the Huffington Post
competition has not been announced, and Architecture for Humanity was more than
willing to make things right, the Logo Garden affair—the most egregious of them
all—continues. AIGA alerted
members last week, and members are still discovering their own work on the
site, illegally obtained—based on what we have heard from members, there may be more than 300 of their
logos on the site.
We are in contact with John Williams, Logo Garden’s founder, and have made clear that his efforts to date are inadequate and that we will continue to bring attention to the company’s reprehensible business practices. He has said that he will remove logos that have been identified by their creators as unauthorized, but he is placing the burden—inappropriately—on the designer. Meanwhile, legal actions are being contemplated by several designers.
In response to this violation of designers’ work, attorney
Linda Joy Kattwinkel has
written an article with further advice on how designers can deal with copyright
and trademark infringement, including how to submit a take-down notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). As a legal expert specializing in the rights of
artist and designers, she frequently contributes a column to the website of
AIGA San Francisco, her local chapter. We’re grateful for her insights as a
member, lawyer, artist and longtime AIGA resource on professional practices.
Her contribution is an example of the professional resources available through
AIGA and the breadth of resources accessible from AIGA, its 66 chapters and
In order to represent and benefit the interests of all
members, AIGA regularly and consistently advocates the
value of design, seeks new audiences within leadership in the business and
public sectors for the story about design’s value, and
garners legislative, legal and regulatory support for designer’s principles and interests.
The performance measures for these activities can be elusive, since they often depend
upon building relationships long before those relationships are called upon for
concrete actions; however, they become clearer when the need to argue designers’
interests becomes urgent.
Richard Grefé is the executive director of AIGA, the professional association for design. While guiding all of AIGA’s activities, his most significant contributions are in strategy, formulating new initiatives to enhance the competitive success of designers
and advocating the value of design to business, government and the public.
If you discover that your work has been copied or reappropriated online without your consent, there are some actions you can take. Legal expert Linda Joy Kattwinkel walks you through it.
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freelancing, copyright, legal issues, design educators, students
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s use of crowdsourcing is simply the most recent highly visible example of an increasingly common practice. AIGA executive director Richard Grefé responds and advises next steps.
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AIGA Insight, design educators, students
The logo design process should provide value far beyond the delivery of a
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design educators, students
AIGA’s chapters allow our members to form powerful social and
professional bonds through conferences, competitions, lectures and
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AIGA’s 15-member board is elected by the entire professional membership
and plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA.
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