Not-So-Common-Sense 101: Copyright and Creative Commons

Gillian Chubb

Mind, prepare to be bombarded with new information that you should’ve learned years ago. Thanks to Gillian Chubb, the Coordinator of Sheridan’s Web Design program, I now know a thing or two about copyright and creative commons. I used to think that as a student in Canada I was free to use whatever was in the public domain for school design projects, but boy was I wrong! Only American students have that privilege, and even then there’s still a lot of red tape.

Let’s make one thing clear: Nothing on the web is legally free for you to use!

If you didn’t create it, purchase it or get permission to use it, chances are you shouldn’t use it. There are, however, a few exceptions such as research, private study, criticism, reporting, and blogging with proper credit–thank God–but anything outside of these exceptions is a huge no-no. Gillian gave us crucial information that I’ll carry with me throughout my web design career.

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The Destiny Philosophy and Nipping Fate in the Bud

Steve and Courtney

Steve Coomber and Courtney Verk came by to visit from Mosaic, an agency that specializes in helping brands connect with consumers. Mosaic is a leader in experiential marketing and retail services; in short, they help brands come to life. Steve and Courtney shared their experiences with different clients as well as practical tips and advice regarding how to handle tough situations in the workplace. They held an open Q&A that allowed us to probe into their professional life and ask the tough questions like “what is the creative process like at Mosaic?” and “what is Gillian Chubb‘s middle name?” (now I know that the answer is Sarah–just like my middle name). Most importantly, they shared the scoop on ~The Destiny Philosophy~, wolf moon pics and all.

…Yes, I said WOLF MOON pics. If that isn’t a strong enough hook, I don’t know what is.

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Reach Out and Take Risks

week2

This week, through the wonders of Skype video chat, we had a special guest speaker from sunny California. Shernaz Pavri is a former grad of the Sheridan web design program (woot, represent!). She is currently a User Experience Designer at LinkedIn, and previously worked for a variety of companies including the big boys like American Express and Apple. In her talk she covered a lot of ground. Everything from her typical work day, to the importance of networking was discussed. Above all, she definitely practiced what she preached and is a good role model for aspiring designers.

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