VMA's Cross-Media Chronicles | Issue 11
"Simplicity, wit and good typography."
- Michael Bierut
At Visual Media Alliance (VMA), we know just how important it is to view creativity as a renewable resource. We're a nonprofit trade association that provides a variety of benefits and money-saving programs to creative, web, marketing and print businesses. Please enjoy our new monthly Cross-Media Chronicles newsletter, featuring the latest industry news, content and free digital downloads.
Can Programs do the Work of Your Graphic Designer?
Programs such as The Grid and Firedrop are systems that are set up to create a website “in five minutes,” saving you time and money hiring a graphic designer. But are the results the same? Experts say the future of graphic designers may look more like editing and management – but it’s worth exploring.
What Happened when an Employee on FMLA Attended a Beyonce Concert.
When an employee has a medical, family or other issue where they need to take leave (FMLA), the lines can get blurry of what an employer can do while they are away. Take this story as proof that sometimes you need outside help. ThinkHR is free for VMA members and is the best resource that provides expert, practical HR guidance to businesses of all sizes.
Attention: Twitter Has Expanded its Character Count!
Are you frustrated with the small limits of how much you can tweet? Now, the company has expanded its character count to 280 characters in select languages, including English, in order to let people finish their thoughts.
October's Featured Member
"I have been a longtime member of Visual Media Alliance because I enjoy the social and educational opportunities. These opportunities also allow me to establish new business connections, keep in touch with people within my network and stay up to date with new business services and offerings. I am proud to be a member of this tight knit community!"

Lauren Elliot
Partner, Wicked Good Print Production
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