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[ 0 ] November 12, 2008

Highlights from Management Strategies for In-House Creative Managers

More than 70 creative professionals came together on November 12, 2008, to focus on some of the challenges and opportunities that in-house creative teams face these days. This InSource event was held at The Mansion on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. With featured speakers Emily Cohen (a consultant to creative professionals who provides guidance on effective staff, client and process management strategies, work segmentation improvements, metrics development and customized teamwork training) and Moira Cullen (a design strategist, writer and educator with extensive experience in the corporate world who is now working with The Hershey Company), this full-day event provided practical insights on effective management strategies.

Thanks to Xerox, The Boss Group, ColorEdge, Mohawk Paper and the Rothman Institute of Entrepeneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University for their support of this relevant and successful event!

[ 0 ] November 2, 2008

Profile of the New Creative Leader – Must-Have Skills for Motivating and Developing Creative Teams

“Leading a creative team has always meant wearing many hats: coach, advocate and communicator – to name just a few. But today’s creative leaders also must keep pace with constantly evolving digital platforms and tools, monitoring new trends and adapting swiftly.” Check out this informative guide from The Creative Group based on a survey of 180 […]

[ 0 ] November 1, 2008

Introduction to Innovation By Design

“Irish companies that use design are more successful than those that do not. This fact was borne out of research published by the Centre for Design Innovation in the beginning of 2007. The challenge was to create a practical approach and tools that organisations could use to innovate and grow. The result was Innovation by Design, an 18-month programme of workshops, research and mentoring for six Northwest organisations that began in June 2007.”
Read more from this booklet published in September 2008 by the Centre for Design Innovation in Sligo, Ireland, thanks to Justin Knecht, Programme Manager working with the Centre who serves on the InSource Advisory Board.

[ 0 ] November 1, 2008

Member Profile: Emily Cohen

Emily has been a consultant to creative professionals for over 20 years, providing experienced, objective advise on implementing effective staff, client and process management strategies. She currently serves on the board of advisors of InSource, served as Secretary for the AIGA/NY Board of Directors and has taught classes and conducted seminars for many leading design schools and organizations.

[ 0 ] October 2, 2008

80 for 50: Motivating Your Internal Team

All right, you want your money’s worth? Motivating your internal team doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 80 ideas you can do with your team for around or less than $50. Click below to download. InSource top download: “80 for 50″…

[ 0 ] October 1, 2008

Member Profile: Mary Birman

Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Communications from Allegheny College. Partner and Consultant for Berkeley Corporation, clients included McAdams, Richman and Ong, Campbell’s, Tyco and Weightman Advertising. Joined Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and established an in-house creative team of fifteen staff supporting marketing, R&D, and corporate initiatives. Joined AstraMerck in 1998 and established it’s first in-house team. Now AstraZeneca, we provide creative design to all brand teams and corporate customers. We also create and support interactive content for the tablet PC environment used by our sales force.

[ 0 ] September 3, 2008

A New Dimension to Performance Management – Part 2

Read Part 2 of this article by Steve Benfield, Senior Director, Corporate Communications and Creative Director, SAS Institute Inc. and Insource Board Member, and learn Steve’s unique approach to measuring performance.

[ 0 ] September 2, 2008

You Want What???

What’s the most unusual request you’ve received from your in-house client? InSource co-founder, Glenn Arnowitz is gathering material for an article he’s writing for Dynamic Graphics that will be published sometime next year, revealing some of the strangest requests in-house designers have gotten…

[ 0 ] September 1, 2008

Member Profile: Richard Kushnier

Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, Rutgers University 4-year mentorship with designer-illustrator E. Stephen Perry Principal, a la carte graphics, supporting AT&T, Bell Laboratories, Cambrex Corporation, Chubb LifeAmerica, Hayden Publishing, Hoffmann La Roche, Jersey Central Power & Light, Perma of Paris, the Prudential Insurance Company, RediForm Office Products, Suburban Propane, others, for 20+ years. After seven years of vendor support, recruited by Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) to build an in-house creative service to address commercial and corporate assignments; after ten years, the BD Graphics Lab has grown from a staff of three to 20 associates and contractors, supporting 35 business units, product platforms, and corporate initiatives, with an annual volume of 1,600 projects engaged Married to Yvonne for 32 years; their son, Alex, in his third year of Medical School

[ 0 ] August 1, 2008

Member Profile: Steve Benfield

I joined SAS in Aug. 2001 as a design manager. Within a year, I was promoted to Creative Services Director, which included print, Web, and video graphic design. A year later, I was asked to take on writing services for print and Web deliverables. Prior to SAS, I worked in the telecommunications industry for 22 years where I held various electrical engineering positions which supported my passion–freelance graphic design. In 1989, my two careers came together when I was asked to manage a customer briefing center that brought new multimedia technology and environmental design together to create, at that time, a unique customer presentation experience.

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