GDUSA February 2018 Newsletter
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February 2018 Newsletter
We are using our 55th anniversary of publishing as an excuse for a quick and fun survey. We understand the limits of trying to quantify the unquantifiable – talent and taste and influence and greatness. Still, hope the results will be interesting, even thought-provoking. We’ll report the findings next month in GDUSA magazine, website and enewsletter. Take the survey here. — Gordon Kaye
Playful Illustrations Help Pizzeria Escape Stereotypes
The Door has completed the branding of a new pizzeria developed by Award-Winning Chef Vivian Howard and husband/business partner Benjamin Knight…
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W+K Studio
Morioka & Jacek Head W+K Studio
Noreen Morioka and Nicole Jacek are the new co-heads of Wieden + Kennedy design, located in Portland OR…
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Amazon Opens The Spheres In Seattle
Amazon opened The Spheres in Seattle WA which are home to more than 40,000 plants from around the world…
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Pentagram Invokes Venn Diagram for Skincare
Pentagram is branding VENN, a science-based skincare line of anti-aging products made of nontoxic ingredients…
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The Creative Group
How to Make the Most of Career Development Programs
Take Five

Are you taking full advantage of your company’s training options? You should be. Today, career development programs go beyond classroom instruction to include a wide range of activities, including individual coaching, mentoring, job shadowing and more. Here’s some helpful information on ways you can use a company’s career development program to your advantage:

  1. Look for companies that value career development. While salary and benefits are key concerns, be sure the company you are considering as a new employer is committed to investing in its employees’ career growth, too.
  2. Focus on your individual development plan. Discuss your long-term career goals at least once a year with your manager. Set meaningful objectives that will boost your performance and help you grow toward a future position.
  3. Use career development programs to find a mentor. Take advantage of any mentorship programs your company offers. If your company doesn’t offer one, you can create informal mentoring relationships with your colleagues.
  4. Ask to job-shadow a colleague. If you’re considering different career paths in your company, request to spend time with senior employees in those positions. Job shadowing allows you to see first-hand what a role is like and what skills are needed.
  5. Seek volunteer opportunities. Keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities at work that allow you to hone new skills. For instance, if you want to work on your organizational skills, consider stepping up for an event-planning group.

Read more tips on conducting interviews and find additional hiring advice on The Creative Group blog.

The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in connecting interactive, design, advertising, marketing and public relations talent with the best companies. More information can be found at

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GDUSA People to Watch 2018
GDUSA People to Watch 2018
GDUSA starts each year by choosing a group of People To Watch who embody the spirit of the creative community. Individuals we have come to know and respect for a combination of talent, leadership, success, newsworthiness and community service…
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Corporate Image
GDUSA Students to Watch in 2018
GDUSA Students to Watch in 2018
With the help of several of America’s leading art and design schools, we once again identify top students ready to burst onto the design scene…
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Jam Paper
Communicating Beauty to the Sophisticated
This new website for the HanStone Quartz line of premium Chinese quartz surfaces is intended to build awareness…
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Dartmouth College
New Dartmouth College Insignia Has Roots
Dartmouth College introduced a new identity designed by OCD, their first unified identity program…
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