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January 2020 Newsletter
The only constant is change or so they say. The New Year certainly brings changes at several venerable design shops including Thirst, Hornall Anderson, and Carbone Smolan, as well as the continued passing of a generation of design pioneers (see below). By the grace of whomever, we remain a constant: for GDUSA this is year 57 we are growing in print as well as online. Please check out the print and digital editions of the magazine; our daily news and ideas website; and our current competition which celebrates package design (see below). Also in the works: the annual Designers To Watch and Students To Watch selections later this month. Here is hoping that any changes 2020 brings you are for the better. And, most of all, thank you. — Gordon Kaye, Editor
Thirst Closes Shop
Rick Valicenti’s Thirst Closes Shop
Chicago-based design firm Thirst has closed as of December 31. Founder Rick Valicenti, founder and recipient of the 2011 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design, will evolve his practice as a new consultancy…
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Erickson Stock
Classic Blue Is 2020 Pantone Color of Year
Classic Blue Is 2020 Pantone Color of Year
The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation…
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HOW Design Live
5 New Year Goals for the Job Seeker

Take FiveAs you make resolutions for 2020, you might also find yourself setting some goals around your career and finding a new opportunity. The market for creative talent may be hot, but that doesn’t mean you can jump in cold. To help you find a position that matches your skills, experiences and interests in 2020, start working toward these job search goals now:

  1. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Don’t wait to revise these materials until you find a job that interests you. Make sure you have an up-to-date resume ready, as well as a polished LinkedIn profile and portfolio, so you can apply to job openings right away.
  2. Strengthen your skill set. Even in a candidate-driven job market, you need to do whatever you can to gain an advantage over your fellow job seekers. Establish a goal this year to learn a new skill that will advance your job prospects.
  3. Look for a job that makes you happy. Now is a good time to assess your professional and personal goals and determine exactly what you are looking for in a new job. What would make you happy? What does your ideal job look like?
  4. Expand your professional network. Events held by professional organizations, conferences and trade shows are a few places you can start building strong relationships with other professionals who may be able to assist in your search.
  5. Be persistent. Employers may take several weeks before making a final decision on the best candidate for their open position. But don’t just wait around. Stay in contact with the hiring manager and continue to network and apply for other jobs.

Learn more about successful job search strategies by visiting The Creative Group blog.

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Jack Summerford
In Memorium: Graphics Innovator Jack Summerford
Jack H. Summerford passed away December 5, 2019 in Fort Worth TX at the age of 76. He was respected as a graphic design innovator. After graduating from Washington University in Saint Louis, he spent 13 years honing his design skills at various agencies before founding Summerford Design in 1978. His unassuming yet articulate style of interacting inspired confidence and respect from clients and peers alike…
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Enter The GDUSA Package Design Awards
Enter The GDUSA Package Design Awards
57th Anniversary GDUSA Package Design Competition
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Our 57th anniversary GDUSA American Package Design Awards™ is the fastest growing of our five national competitions and the reason is simple but profound: Marketers and retailers are challenged as never before to convey their message and promote their brand. Package design — along with point-of-purchase and retail graphics — is increasingly the difference maker. This annual program celebrates attractive graphics, of course, but more importantly the power of effective design to advance the brand promise and to forge an emotional link with the buyer at the moment of truth.…
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There is a ZOO near you
The Atlantic
FunctionFox 20th Anniversary: Free Demo and 20% Subscription Discount
For 20 years, FunctionFox has been the leading time tracking and project management choice for creative professionals. In 2020 we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary by releasing FunctionFox Gantt charts – an important new development that will give users crystal clear 20/20 insight into their business, in a simple, easy-to-use format.
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End Of A Chapter For Hornall Anderson
End Of A Chapter For Hornall Anderson
Hornall Anderson’s Chairman Jack Anderson and Managing Director Jeff Alpen announced that the firm is now now Sid Lee, which is part of kyu, a collective of companies including IDEO, SYPartners, Sid Lee, and Digital Kitchen…
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99th Annual ADC Awards
Better with Less Design Challenge
Carbone Smolan
‘Next Evolution’ of Carbone Smolan
The Carbone Smolan Agency have entered into a strategic alliance with the Chicago-based firm 50,000feet (“50k”), joinging forces in New York to offer the best in brand experience by delivering insightful strategy, content development, design, and digital activation…
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2019 American Graphic Design Awards
2019 American Graphic Design Awards
Sponsored by Verso Corporation
This year’s showcase of 600 pieces (winnowed from more than 12,000 entries) reflects the many ways that graphic design shapes business and society, products and services, commerce and culture and causes. Winners run the gamut from print and packaging to internet and interactive, from dream assignments to bread and butter endeavors, from established stars to rising newcomers, from red states to blue.…
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Gordon Kaye, Publisher
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