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Program Manager: Barbara Silverman + Editor: Noel Jeffrey   January 15, 2019
Post OSHA Form 300A »
OSHA requires that employers post from February 1 to April 30, 2019 a summary of the job- related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A), not the OSHA 300 Log. Those employers with 10 or fewer employees are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2018 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2018 must post the form with zeros on the total line. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive. You can download the forms 300, 300A, 301, with instructions. MORE
 
The Secret to Creativity – According to Science »
Whether you get mesmerized by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that both pieces of work are products of mindblowing creativity. Imagination is what propels us forward as a species – it expands our worlds and brings us new ideas, inventions and discoveries. But why do we seem to differ so dramatically in our ability to imagine? And can you train yourself to become more imaginative? Science has come up with some answers, based on three different but interlinked types of imagination. MORE

The 8 Types of Graphic Design »
Graphic design uses visual compositions to solve problems and communicate ideas through typography, imagery, color and form. There’s no one way to do that, and that’s why there are several types of graphic design, each with their own area of specialization. Though they often overlap, each type of graphic design requires specific set of skills and design techniques. Many designers specialize in a single type; others focus on a set of related, similar types. But because the industry is constantly changing, designers must be adaptable and lifelong learners so they can change or add specializations throughout their careers. MORE

Origami Wrap Printed with Folding Instructions »
Portland-based design studio Ilovehandles has created wrapping paper that can have an afterlife as origami figures, to avoid the mess and waste associated with ripping the paper off presents. Each Origami Wrap paper is printed with diagrams that instruct the receiver on how to make their choice of one of six designs: crane, dog, iris, frog, balloon and fish. By Katie de Klee. MORE

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Designers in 2019 »
Did you know that people have been making resolutions to improve themselves and their lives since the time of ancient Babylonians? I’ll admit to making a few of these myself… now if I could only manage to keep them all year! Good luck with your resolutions and have a wonderful New Year. MORE

How to Effectively Break Out of the Grid »
If you’re like most designers, you’ll agree that having a solid grid system is foundational to good UI design. It lets you establish order and hierarchy and gives you a structured foundation from which to build. Not to mention, UI designs based on grid systems accommodate all screen sizes and make the design process smooth for the entire team. Of course, that’s not to say that it doesn’t have clear disadvantages. Grid systems (quite literally) impose rigid guidelines that hinder creativity and design thinking. As a result, it’s common to end up with designs that feel like copy-paste jobs. By Rich Staats. MORE

47 ‘non-design’ Qualities Every Designer Should Have »
Inspired by master of marketing, Seth Godin, and adapted to the design universe. By Fabricio Teixeira; Photo by Joanna Kosinska. MORE

2019 Employment Poster Sets »
Federal, state and countries poster sets are part of doing business. The 2019 set includes two 27 x 39 laminated posters, one for state and one for federal. Include postage and tax, other vendors sell all three for $60 to $70. Our member rate is $35. For VMA members on the health or commercial insurance programs, with at least 4 or more employees, the 2-piece poster set is complimentary. To order, please email jessica@vma.bz or call 415.489.7612.


EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

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Upcoming VMA Education & Training »
Get the latest offerings from VMA Education by clicking here. Classes are offered in graphic design, programming, web design and office productivity. Members get the discounted rate on all classes.


   
UPCOMING EVENTS

For info, contact Laura Vargas at (415) 489-7625.
 
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ABOUT VMA
Visual Media Alliance (VMA) and VMA Education are nonprofit trade associations dedicated to providing a variety of benefits, money-saving programs and support for creative, web, marketing, and print businesses in Northern California and Northern Nevada. See some of the benefits you can reap as a member below.


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Snoopy Comes to VMA



VMA has partnered with MetLife to offer an exclusive benefits program to members of VMA. Effective December 1st VMA rolled out its ancillary program consisting of dental, vision, life, and an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP). By using the purchasing power of our combined membership to aggregate premium, VMA negotiated below market rates on behalf of VMA members. Four dental plans are offered including two PPO plans and two DHMO plans. Vision plans include a wide selection of providers to choose from. Please contact VMA for additional information or quotes.

Apple Discounted



Apple and VMA have teamed up to offer you Apple products at preferred pricing. Shop the Apple Online Store and take advantage of exclusive features including iPods, Mac computers, iPads, and many other products. (but not iPhones).Save from 4-17%. Added Benefits include complimentary shipping on all orders over $50; quick and easy ordering; and payment can be made with any combination of credit card, Apple Gift Card, and Business Financing. You and your employees can log-on to the special online Apple store and receive these discounts. Contact Sue Benavente, sue@vma.bz, 415.489.7622.

 
NEED HELP FINDING A RESOURCE FOR YOUR BIG PROJECT?
VMguide.org is the most comprehensive listing of creative, print, web and media resources available on the web. Companion edition to Visual Media Guide In Print, both showcase the business capabilities of VMA members.
 
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VISUAL MEDIA ALLIANCE (VMA) MEMBERSHIP
Take a look at what we have to offer in VMA Member Benefits and see if there is anything we can help you with.

Need more info? Please call us at (415) 489-7601.
 
CHECK OUT YOUR PIA BENEFITS TOO



Members of Printing Industries of America, have access to all the members' only content on www.printing.org.
 
 
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