Launched in 2010, Colossal is a Webby-nominated blog that explores art and other aspects of visual culture. Colossal won the Utne Media Award for Arts Coverage in 2013. Each week you’ll find 15-25 posts on photography, design, animation, painting, installation art, architecture, drawing, and street art. Colossal is also a great place to learn about the intersection of art and science as well as the beauty of the natural world. There are frequently posts about things far out in left field, but generally Colossal is a reminder that in the digital age there are still countless people making incredible work with their bare hands.
Colossal began as the personal art and design blog of Christopher Jobson (Instagram) before growing somewhat unexpectedly into what you see today. He lives in Chicago with his wife Megan and son Caleb. In addition to what you see here, he has also written about art and design for Wired Magazine, Mental_Floss, Slate, and Quartz. You can learn more about him in FastCo and Demo Magazine. Christopher currently serves as editor-in-chief, and head contributor to Colossal. For submissions, inquiries, and advertising please go to the contact page.
Staff & Credits
Kate Sierzputowski (contributing writer) is a freelance writer and arts journalist based in Chicago. Fascinated by artists’ studio processes, she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to physically explore the creative spaces of emerging and established artists. In addition to writing for Colossal, Kate also regularly contributes art-centered writing and exhibition reviews to Hyperallergic, Newcity, and the Chicago Reader. You can follow her studio explorations, gallery visits, and urban detritus discoveries on her Twitter and Instagram.
Johnny Strategy (contributing writer) was born in Brooklyn but moved to Japan a year later. He spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in Tokyo. He returned to the U.S. for college where he studied art and art history. He writes about Japanese art and design at Spoon & Tamago and is also an art consultant specializing in Asian art. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.
Press, Interviews, Kind Words
Banksy’s New Apocalyptic Theme Park Is Designed to Disappoint —Hyperallergic, August 20, 2015
Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2015 —New City, March 19, 2015
“Colossal is nothing short of a must-visit…” —Christie’s, January 13, 2015
Colossal: Made on Media Temple —Media Temple, May 29, 2014
Artist Spotlight: Colossal’s Christopher Jobson —ARTifacts, The Art Institute of Chicago, May 15, 2014
A Colossal Success —Demo Magazine, Columbia College, May, 2014
The Top 100 Websites of 2013 —PC Magazine, January 2, 2014
The Eye-Popping Images on Colossal Will Make Art Lovers of Us All —Fast Company, November 18, 2013
8 Questions with Christopher Jobson, Creator of Colossal —Bucketfeet, November 4, 2013
Site of the Week —BBC Radio 6 Music (1:18:45), October 22, 2013
Art Talk with Christopher Jobson of Colossal —National Endowment for the Arts, September 18, 2013
Art and Science: Three Blogs You Should Follow —Science in Society, Northwestern University, August 20th, 2013
Friday Five with Christopher Jobson —Design Milk, May 10, 2013
Colossal Joins Quarterly —Faesthetic, May 9, 2013
Q&A With Four Mighty Art Blogs —Scene 360, April 26, 2013
100 Websites You Should Know and Use —TED, April 2, 2013
Colossal Nominated for the 2013 Utne Media Awards —Utne Reader, March 22, 2013
Interview with Christopher Jobson —From the Desk Of…, March 15, 2013
Art Blogger Behind ‘Colossal’ Branches Out —Michigan Avenue Magazine, October, 2012
I’m Christopher Jobson, and This Is How I Work —Lifehacker, September 19, 2012
On the Red Couch with Colossal’s Christopher Jobson —Inside Flipboard, August 28, 2012
Interview: Christopher Jobson of Colossal —Live Fast Magazine, August 23, 2012
“One of our favorite art blogs.” —The Hairpin, August 8, 2012
Apple iPad Ad (0:03) —Apple, August 7, 2012
Guest Curator at Artist a Day —June 2012
Virtual Curators: Maria Popova and Christopher Jobson use their voracious appetites for social media to educate the masses on art, design, and culture. —Dwell Magazine, May 2012
One of the ‘Top 100 Blogs on the Internet’ —Technorati
“Loving the blog Colossal. Artistic, smart, and inspiring.” —Neil Patrick Harris, April 24, 2012
Guest Curator: Christopher Jobson, Creator Of Colossal, Selects His Favorites —Saatchi Online, April 9, 2012
Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson —Art21/PBS, March 8, 2012
The ‘Cliffs Notes Web’ Has Won —The Atlantic, February 22, 2012
Magical Long-Exposure Firefly Photos Go Viral —Raw File, Wired.com, February 21, 2012
Dots Obliterate the Internet —Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, February 10, 2012
Google Currents Ad (0:57) —Google, December 8, 2011
An Interview with the Creator of Colossal —Hyperallergic, November 25, 2011
Site of the Day —Nylon Magazine, August 29, 2011
Content Curator: Christopher Jobson at Colossal —My Modern Met, July 11, 2011
“Colossal is a top-notch visual art/design blog.” —Jason Kottke, June 29, 2011
Is it “Colossal” or “This is Colossal”?
The name of the blog is Colossal, the domain we could afford was www.thisiscolossal.com.