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Introducing Manipulator Alex Lataille

Alex Lataille is a freelance photography manipulator, who resides in Connecticut, United States. He has been working on manipulations for over two and a half years, and at the age of 20, he is proving to be quite an impressive artist. Alex is part of various art collectives including slashTHREE and Intrinsic Nature. He attends Bryant University, a business school in Rhode Island; art is his passionate hobby. Alex strives to consistently improve with every new piece, as well as helping to improve others with his “endless” critique. Be on the lookout for a feature and interview with Alex in the coming weeks!

Introducing Artist Jurryt Visser

Jurryt Visser, born January 1989 in the Netherlands, began drawing at a very young age. People said he had an “eye” for the arts. In years to come, he would take a course in an effort to learn the finer points of graphic design. It fit him perfectly. He began to create digital art, improving with each piece. Always wanting to be unique, he found his own vector style, like many of our readers find their own individuality. Fast forward a few years, his passion for the arts continued, but his interests gravitated steadily toward graphic design. Why? He values uniqueness and a sense of individuality. He considers himself to be a "koppige" designer, meaning he is very original. Following three Iears working with different design agencies, originally as a designer and finally as an art director, he started his own business: free to do as he pleased and portray the world in his own manner. His goal is to reach out to clients and satisfy them with unique artwork. Someday, he hopes, his hard work as an artist will take him to the top. Keep an eye out for his featured artwork and interview, exclusively here on Abduzeedo.

Annual Global Freelancer Survey

The site "Freelance Switch" is conducting the "First Annual Global Freelancer Survey for 2007". It's very important that everybody who works as a freelancer take the survey, you can even be rewarded with a Nintendo Wii. By taking part in the Global Freelancer Survey you will be rewarded in three ways: Detailed Statistics After the survey is complete we will be posting an abridged version of some results on, however respondents who complete the survey will be emailed a COMPLETE set of information and data from the survey. I.e. you'll get exclusive data that non-respondents don't get! Random Prize Draw … and we have prizes. That’s right, fabulous prizes! We’ve put together the ultimate freelancer kit from Amazon for one lucky winner who will be drawn at random from the pool of respondents. The prize pack includes: A Balance Ball Chair from Gaiam. Balance ball chairs give you stability while encouraging proper posture. Plus they’re bouncy so you can burn calories while you work! A Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000. This keyboard will help you fend off the evil RSI. Studio Monitor/dj Headphone. This headphone is a gem for anyone who needs to block out distractions, as it delivers superior sound while blocking outside noise. If you have kids, noisy neighbors, or an overexcited schnauzer in the house, you will love it. Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain. We all need a little creative wake up call once in a while, and this book is just the ticket. Western Digital 60 GB USB External Hard Drive. It’s sleek, black and sexy, and it also holds all your bits and pieces. Every freelancer needs some heavy duty back-up, and this baby will do the business. And finally, what I want for my birthday, a Nintendo Wii!!! These will provide not only a great break after a hard day’s freelancing, but will also get you off your butt after sitting on your balance ball chair all day long. The random prizedraw will be drawn at the sole discretion of and be awarded in the form of an voucher delivered by email. The prize will be drawn on the same day the survey results are announced, which is a date yet to be determined. You must provide a valid email address when completing the survey to be eligible, and you must be contactable on that email address within 96 hours of the prize draw or the prize will be drawn again. Satisfaction By completing the survey, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're helping compile information to help freelancers everywhere, it only takes 10 minutes of your time and the sum of our collective knowledge will be huge!