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What’s the point in all of this?

A question asked by many a creative professional, sometimes after frustrating client meetings, sometimes in front of a computer screen, sometimes after seeing a compromised final product.

Here’s Klaus Nomi, 1982, stricken with AIDS, barely understanding the disease he was dying from, offering what he could, creatively. He’s about dead, and it wan’t clear to his doctors just why: his friends had to visit him wearing protective plastic bags. He’ll be gone by 1983. And here he is, in artistic defiance, as all he could do.

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Are your mailings feeling a little sluggish lately?

All it takes to make your mailings healthy is this “excellent tonic for anemic budgets.” With these simple instructions your envelopes are sure to put the pep back in your step. In case this remedy doesn’t do the trick here are some award winning direct mail pieces that may inspire you too.

 

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“Companies who understand the creative mind have always been rare but, in our 50 years of publishing, it is hard to remember a time when they have been more scarce. Changing technologies and tightening economics are creating dislocations, established brands are disappearing faster than Twinkies, and many companies who once embraced our magnificent market have lost their focus.” – Gordon Kaye, GDUSA Publisher

Every year GDUSA compiles a list of Designer-Friendly Companies and it seems to me that each year the list gets a little shorter. I hail the companies that have continued their commitment to the design industry but as I pore over old issues of GDUSA what sticks with me the most is the number of industries within the design world that have simply disappeared. Photo retouching studios, annual report companies and pre-press production department have all fallen to the wayside.

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“I go to work every morning with the possibility that I might learn something I don’t already know . . . You should look at every problem and think, ‘what can I learn by doing this?’ And if you think you can learn nothing, forget about doing it.” -Milton Glaser, named Most Influential Graphic Designer of the Past 50 Years

2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of GDUSA Magazine and with it the opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the graphic design community. Accordingly in each print (subscribe here) and app edition of GDUSA this year, we will present selected results of a massive poll conducted this winter about who you respect and what you admire.

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