"'open :output' is an online community which allows students of design and architecture to create their own personal portfolio websites free of charge. The platform makes the work of young talent from all over the world visible to wider public. The works on 'open :output' would otherwise probably never have been published. 'open :output' offers students the opportunity to present themselves as designers and architects in a strong network. The power of students as well as educational institutions of design and architecture throughout the world are promoted to the general public by 'open :output'."
"The CSD library pages contain reports, links and resources that can be accessed to provide those practicing, using and studying design with insights and knowledge of the design sector and its inter-relationship with commerce and society."
(Chartered Society of Designers, UK)
"Icograda is the world body for professional communication design. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network of independent organisations and stakeholders working within the multidisciplinary scope of communication design and expanded media. Founded in 1963, Icograda actively promotes the value of design practice, thinking, education, research and policy, representing more than 200 organisations in 67 countries and regions globally.
As a partner of the International Design Alliance (IDA), Icograda's members believe in interdisciplinary collaboration and the effectiveness of a collective voice to represent the design industry."
"The country's reputation as the go-to Hollywood alternative was underlined at this year's Academy Awards when London-based Double Negative picked up the visual effects Oscar for its work on Inception.
The company, which has also been involved in the Harry Potter and Batman series, employs around 950 people at its headquarters in Soho.
Across the UK, approximately 5,000 people work in SFX post-production, according to the UK Screen Association.
But while business is currently booming, there are dark, computer-generated, clouds on the horizon.
A report, commissioned by the government and published earlier this year, delivered a worrying prognosis.
It warned that, while special effects was enjoying a rapid growth, the sector was also 'having to source talent from overseas because of skills shortages at home'.
The study, entitled Next Gen, concluded: 'That is mainly a failing of our education system - from schools to universities and it needs to be tackled urgently if we are to remain globally competitive.'
Part of the problem is the lack of awareness of the profession among young people, according to Paul Franklin, a visual effects supervisor and part of Double Negative's Oscar-winning team.
'There is not a huge amount of information available to them,' he told BBC News.
'Typically you tend to find that students who are seeking out courses in visual effects and film-making are the self motivated types who have gone out and found the information themselves.'
'It is something we work very hard at, but schools and colleges could be more aware about how a creative art education can be applied in the world of high-end modern digital media,' he said."
(BBC News, 14 May 2011)
"This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in 2009, it is modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.
It does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it. When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.
In addition to being more customizable, the modularity also helps to keep individual agreements down to a more manageable size. The first two modules, Basic Terms & Conditions and Intellectual Property Provisions, should be used for all design assignments. An additional three modules are provided as supplements that can be added to the agreement as needed: Print-specific Terms & Conditions, Interactive-specific Terms & Conditions and Environmental-specific Terms & Conditions."
(American Institute of Graphic Arts)
2). AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services