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  1. Anything related to 'Canucks' this time? no... LOL That was a inside joke tween me and another board member.... I have a theory that people only start to respond to posts when we are talking about a redesign of the Canucks logo!
  2. not sure I even understand what that is supposed to mean? please ellaborate? 9pm EDT Thursdays this fall on NBC. thanks... that's kinda what I thought... but I know Joel is one of our resident wisea$$es (in a good way) so I wasnt sure if he was being sarcastic.
  3. not sure I even understand what that is supposed to mean? please ellaborate?
  4. oh yeah... and I heard the Canucks might be redoing their logo for the 4th time.
  5. Some of you that I chat with outside the walls of this forum already know what I am talking about, but I thought about it and decided I would post it here to offer some optimistic advice / shared story of my own for any designers who have ever done any kind of professional / semi-professional design work for a company or sports team. I had done some free design work 3 years ago for a professional sports organization, I had done this work for this team because I had personally known someone in the organization and wanted to offer something to them that they could use to give something back to their fans for free. I collected no compensation and since it was not work for hire, I retained all creative rights of the design outside the realm of what was owned by this team. Back in January, I noticed that this organization had allowed (without my permission) one of their corporate sponsors which they endorsed to use my designs to sell rather expensive goods and services. Needless to say I contacted the organization right away and within days we came to a simple resolution. In exchange for me not pursuing legal action for the offense, the organization offered me some team related items, valued at $600, however we agreed in writing that I still retained creative rights and all future usage must be requested to me in writing. Thought that would be the end of that.... Well in the middle of June, sure enough.... my designs appeared back on these partner websites of theirs to sell new expensive goods / services, which they endorsed from their homepage. What does a designer have to do to get some respect? I couldn't believe it... a slap in the face. So I immediately contacted this organization and let them know they had violated our agreement and I would be suing them unless we could come to a mutually agreeable financial resolution. Their initial reaction was to have their partners remove my designs from their websites immediately and then set up a telephone call with their attorney for me a week later. To make this short.... Their lawyer initially claimed the organization has no responsibility and that they would not be giving me a single dime. Which is pretty much what we all could expect to hear from a company initially. After an hour conversation and me strongly defending my position, I made some ground with their attorney to at least acknowledge there could have been some wrong doing and he would have to investigate it. A week later their attorney came with a settlement offer. I am a fair and reasonable person, and I wasnt looking to sue for the maximum to get rich quick, I only wanted what would be fair rate for the works based upon my experience level and position. I took his offer into consideration and after a few days I told him it was not what i was expecting, and we needed to come up with a resolution somewhere between what my expectations were and what his offer was. We were able to do that quickly..... and as a end result, we reached a 5 figure financial settlement plus some additional team related items. All in all a good resolution to a unfortunate situation. Why am I sharing this story with people here? Simple.... because as a pro designer of 14 years, I have learned alot of things and the lesson I learned this time is.. # 1. Don't ever do anything for free for someone. If you dont want to charge them fair rate, that is fine, but get compensated something for your work initially. # 2. ALWAYS get a written / signed contract. Even if you do work for your sister's boyfriend, of your neighbors' cousin, ALWAYS get the terms and conditions in writing ahead of time, so it is clear to all parties involved. # 3. If someone uses your work commercially or otherwise without your permission.... you DO have rights you can pursue. If the work is used on a website, immedately take PRINT SCREENS of all instances, as well as physically print out all instances on paper for documentation. # 4. Never sell yourself or your talents short just because you are honored or proud that a professional sports organization has used your design works. Professional sports organizations have enough money to pay a designer for works, and if they use those works to make $$$$$, than you should as well. And that's really about it..... I am very pleased with the outcome of this situation, especially since I handled it all on my own directly without getting lawyers involved.... Had I gotten lawyers involved, sure I could have probably gotten more $$$$, but for me it was more about making sure this organization acknowledged their mistake and compensated me fair rate for the usage.... and they did. I apologize if I am a little vague on the specifics... It is intentional. You may ask any questions you want, but I will not answer: "What pro sports team is this?" (one of the major 4 leagues) "What is the exact $$ amount that you received?" (5 figure settlement)
  6. I love the branding of the site... Only technical issue since you use alot of Flash.. It doesnt appear as though you address the Windows IE Update / Flash conflict issue. So for me visiting your site in IE, everytime there is a Flash Component I get the little tooltip that says "Click Here To Activate" Not your fault... its a legal thing with Microsoft, unfortunately... us users have to suffer. if you wanted to learn how to fix it... check out SWFObject http://blog.deconcept.com/swfobject/
  7. thanks so much for such a detailed response... I PMed you back!
  8. Hello, Me and my g/f will be going to D.C. and Philly for 4th of July weekend and ive locked up tickets to the Nationals and Phillies games (on different days) Was curious if anyone is from either of those areas? Has anyone been to those stadiums? How are they? Do you know if they have vehicle parking? Anyone know what their camera policies are? I am real excited to be in DC and Philly for 4th of July Weekend... first time going to D.C. to see the White House.... Thanks in advance! Oh Yeah... if anyone from those areas might know some other touristy places to check out... I am fully open for suggestions!
  9. Our state quarter should have the new Freedom Tower being shoved up Osama Bin Laden's ass!
  10. i reviewed and submitted some comments. good luck!
  11. Honestly, I didn't see anything about his post that should have warranted a sarcastic response such as this one. He was just giving you what you asked for. all due respect Chris... and I do mean that... # 1... I actually didnt ASK for C&C, I made a statement not a question. # 2... my answer was not sarcastic, you just interpretted it that way. He gave me his advice on english and grammar, which I knew and understood, but I wrote a page a certain way for a certain reason, so I was thanking him for pointing out the grammar lesson. Ya know... he made his initial comments which I was fine with... and then I explained a very specific reason why I have it written the way I do... that should have been the end of the story.... I am well versed in english and grammar and in fact have 4 copy writers who work for me at my full time job... I dont disagree with him that the way I wrote it was not proper grammar in a reading sense... but often at times, the way you right for the web with SEO in mind is conflicting with proper english grammar when writing for a book or magazine. I had no problems with his comment, it was just done for a very specific reason. this is why I dont post on here much anymore.... too many egos. kinda funny. writing about great grammar and using "right" instead of "write". Nice site. LOL... thanks.. yeah I noticed that right after i wrote it and was too lazy to edit it.
  12. thank you. I am not concerned with Safari... I formatted for IE, FireFox, Netscape & Opera... There are just too many browsers with too many propietary rules RE: code... I am sure my site wont show up properly for users of WebTV or even Palm or Pocket PC, but I am not concerned with that. At some point you have to stop compromising form for function with all the different browsers. There is a secondary text-based menu at the bottom that will allow all users who can't view the drop downs to access other sections of the site. Didn't think you would be lol. Safari doesn't have too many users. But usually if you code for Firefox, its good in Safari too. I'll check it out on Firefox for Mac later for you. LOL... to be honest with you, I had completely forgotten about Safari until you mentioned it... Yeah... I havent tested the site for Apple MACs, just because I don't use them, although with the exception of the drop down menu and the homepage main Flash... everything else is basic scripting that should work. The whole Microsoft IE / Flash problem actually helped me to learn abotu Flash Objects which allowed me to set up the same content that would be seen for a user without Flash... whereas before it just told them to install Flash.
  13. thank you. I am not concerned with Safari... I formatted for IE, FireFox, Netscape & Opera... There are just too many browsers with too many propietary rules RE: code... I am sure my site wont show up properly for users of WebTV or even Palm or Pocket PC, but I am not concerned with that. At some point you have to stop compromising form for function with all the different browsers. There is a secondary text-based menu at the bottom that will allow all users who can't view the drop downs to access other sections of the site.