I just discovered this hot new photo sharing service called Instagram, you should really check it out. I hear Mark Zuckerberg is a huge fan. In all seriousness I finally started using an account I setup a few years ago, so look me up under Colossal.
Photo by cynthiak
I’m thrilled to announce that Colossal has been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Art category. You can vote for Colossal on the people’s voice award site through April 28th. Voting requires registration but you can use your Twitter or Facebook account to login quickly.
Colossal is among fantastic company in the Art category and I’d like to congratulate fellow nominees Dean West Photography, PhotoSeed, Walker Art Center, and Google’s Art Project. The winners will be announced May 1st and honored at a ceremony in New York on May 21st. Thanks for your vote!
Update: Voting appears to be down right now, stay tuned.
Here’s something fun. I was just asked to be a guest curator over at Saatchi Online and we did a short interview covering things like how Colossal began and my lack of wall space at home. Head on over to see the collection I put together including some of the works included above. There’s so much great art on that site it’s easy to get lost.
I’m thrilled to share that for the month of April I’ve been asked to guest edit in the Fresh Signals feed (RSS) over at Coudal Partners. Expect a steady stream of incredible fine art, obscure South Korean stop motion music videos, and surprising uses for twine.
If you’re unfamiliar with Coudal Partners, you should really make an effort. They’re a creative studio here in Chicago responsible for Field Notes notebooks, inspiring presentations, conservators of the Museum of Online Museums (the MOoM), patently absurd risk taking, and creators of the live graphic design battle Layer Tennis.
Look for my posts under the initials “cj”.
Colossal has popped up in the news here and there lately so I thought I’d share some of it here right quick. Most recently Jacquelyn Gleisner from Art21/PBS wrote a really nice piece about how Colossal began and what’s happened over the past year, head over to Art21 blog to read Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson.
A tweet I made comparing incoming traffic from Pinterest versus Tumblr sparked a few healthy conversations via email and Twitter, and lead Philip Bump to write an article for the Atlantic. Check out The ‘Cliffs Notes Web’ Has Won. To be clear, I love both services dearly for different reasons, but users of Pinterest appear to be much more likely to leave that ecosystem to explore elsewhere, versus Tumblr which appears to be more closed.
I’m thrilled to announce that I am now curating a weekly roundup of art over on designboom. The “Week in Art with Colossal” will be published each Saturday and contain the 10 most interesting things I’ve seen on Colossal, designboom, and elsewhere on the web over the past week. From high-speed photos of shattering porcelain figures to a double-dose of mirrored art installations, head on over to designboom to see what happened this week.
Wow. In August of last year I started this blog on a whim, wanting to catalog the neat design-related things I was finding online. I had no goals, direction, or expectations and by the end of the year I was getting a couple dozen visits each day, enough interest to keep me going, but not enough to convince me that my mom wasn’t sitting at home hitting refresh. Then 2011 happened. Based on some success with a few posts involving art, I decided to shift the blog strongly in that direction, focusing the daily stream of posts on sculpture, street art, photography and other unexpected creative projects. The internet responded quickly and Colossal reached over 7 million people this year, including a number of surprise visitors. Ahem.
Without further ado, here’s the top 10 things you found interesting on Colossal this year.
10. Glass Beach. A California beach polluted beyond recognition is gradually returned to normal with the help of the unrelenting surf, leaving behind millions of polished glass shards.
9. Customized Book Side Tables. Furniture maker Jane Dandy’s side tables designed to perfectly encapsulated your favorite books took the design blogs by storm.
8. One Day on Earth. A film shot in every country in the world in a single day.
7. Skull Nickels. A macabre sub-genre of numismatic treasures known as Hobo Nickels.
6. A Solar-Powered 3D Printer that Prints Glass from Sand. Harnessing the power of the sun has never been so incredible.
5. Sagaki Keita. The illustrations of Tokyo-based artist Sagaki Keita contain thousands of whimsical characters that are drawn almost completely improvised to form representations of classical artwork.
4. Money Trees. In several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees.
3. A Portrait of Tobias Wong Using 13,138 Dice. Canadian artist and designer Tobias Wong died last year at the young age of 35, or more specifically, 13,138 days. In tribute, his friend Frederick McSwain created this immense portrait of Wong entitled Die using 13,138 dice.
2. High Speed Liquid and Bubble Photographs by Heinz Maier. Incredible photographs that appear more like sculpture than liquid.
1. One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco. You saw it here first.
Last Friday Google launched a new application for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices called Google Currents that allows you to subscribe to your favorite websites and view the content in a lovely magazine-like format. I was fortunate to be asked to kick the tires of their content publisher tools, but due to time constraints was unable to provide any valuable feedback prior to launch (so if anything is even slightly imperfect it’s entirely my fault). As a welcome surprise Google featured Colossal in their launch video, showing explicitly how to add this humble art and design site to your Currents app. How cool is that? You can download it for free right here.