GDUSA December 2018 Newsletter
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December 2018 Newsletter
Our 55th Annual GDUSA Design Annual is now live online and the very ample 250-page print version is in the mail system, if can fairly be called a system. A special thanks to Verso for, once again, being the lead sponsor in this endeavor. And thanks to Adobe Stock for inspiring the popular ‘Creative Use of Stock Visuals’ category, for which there were nearly 250 entries. As I wrote in the welcome to the print edition, time flies when you are having fun. Which may explain why the 55th Annual snuck up on us so fast and, at the same time, why we are excited to tackle year 56 of GDUSA. — Gordon Kaye, Editor
Adobe Stock
Living Coral Is Pantone Color of Year
Living Coral Is Pantone Color of Year
The Pantone Color Institute has declared Living Coral 16-1546 — a coral hue with a golden undertone — as its Color of the Year for 2019…
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Pentagram Celebrates Scholastic Iconic Characters
Celebrating Scholastic’s Iconic Characters
Scholastic, home to Harry Potter and Clifford the Dog, tapped Pentagram for environmental graphics…
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Next-Generation Identity for Miami Marlins
Next-Generation Identity for Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins’ have a new logo and colors: Caliente Red, Miami Blue, Midnight Black, and Slate Grey…
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Bank of America Flies New Flagscape
Bank of America Flies New Flagscape
Bank of America tapped Lippincott to modernize its logo to reflect both its technology and solutions…
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5 Ways to Effectively Manage a Team of Telecommuters

Take FiveMany creative agencies and in-house departments are accommodating alternative work arrangements, like telecommuting, flextime and compressed workweeks, if they want to attract and retain top talent, as creative professionals are seeking more flexible and balanced work schedules. But leading a team that may include a mix of on-site employees, telecommuters, fully remote workers, freelancers and consultants isn’t easy. The following five strategies can help you manage a dispersed team.

  1. Make communication a top priority. If your team members have different work schedules and locations, make sure pertinent information is easily and frequently communicated and everyone is on the same page about how your communication tools work and why they’re being used.
  2. Keep in daily contact, but don’t micromanage. When creating a calendar for your team, set times for when everyone will meet as a group, individually with you and when they can reach you throughout the day. The bottom line: Never let a telecommuter feel like they’re on an island.
  3. Make time for face time. Bring your entire team together at least once a year, or more frequently if possible. For everyday face time with your team, consider videoconferencing. Seeing your workers – even if it’s virtually – helps you feel less disconnected.
  4. Build morale to strengthen the team. In-person events can build camaraderie and team spirit, but it’s also important to recognize your employees for their hard work. Sending small gestures or encouraging them to take a coffee break as a thank-you can make a difference in a telecommuter’s day.
  5. Emphasize work-life balance. It’s easy for dedicated creative professionals to become workaholics when embracing the telecommuter lifestyle. Encourage remote employees to practice good time management and respect their schedules to take advantage of this perk.

Read more about how to manage a remote team on The Creative Group blog.

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Erickson Stock
2018 American Graphic Design Award Winners
2018 American Graphic Design Award Winners
Sponsored by Verso Corporation and Adobe Stock
Showcasing once again the expansive ways in which graphic design shapes business and society, products and services, commerce and culture…
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Art Resource
Jam Paper
Character Creates Identity For Minimalist Palm Device
Palm Identity For Minimalist Device
Palm has launched a new minimalist phone that ditches the bells and whistles of current smartphones…
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Custom Typeface Drives Comedy Central Branding
Custom Type Drives Comedy Central Brand
Comedy Central is rolling out a new identity designed in collaboration with creative agency loyalkaspar…
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How To Wrap Up The Old Year and Start The New Year Right
How To Wrap Up The Old Year and Start The New Year Right
Guest Blogger Corina Ludwig of FunctionFox discusses how to wrap up the old year and start the new one right with a free demo and deep holiday discounts on North America’s number one ranked web-based timesheet and project management software…
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10 Thousand Design Rebrands Nonprofit Proof Alliance
Rebranding Nonprofit Proof Alliance
Minneapolis’ 10 Thousand Design helped rebrand the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome…
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Hitco Logo Promises Chart Topping Music
Hitco Logo Promises Chart Topping Music
Renowned record executive LA Reid and entrepreneur Charles Goldstuck have founded Hitco Entertainment…
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Academy of Art University
American Package Design Awards Now Open for Entries
American Package Design Awards Now Open for Entries
Package Design + Point-of-Sale + Retail Graphics
Deadline: January 18, 2019   Sponsored by Neenah Packaging
The editors of Graphic Design USA invite you to join the thousands of creative professionals who have been recognized by its national design competitions for five decades. The goal is to focus attention on areas of growth and opportunity for graphic design professionals, to recognize the best work being done in those arenas, and to emphasize the value that graphic design brings to business and society…
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Gordon Kaye, Publisher
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