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A’ Design Awards 2017: International Call for Entries, Deadline Feb 28 (Sponsor)

February 13, 2017

Colossal

Honeycomb Bookshelf by Seyed Mohammad Mortazavi

The A’ Design Award & Competition seeks to showcase the talents and success of innovators from all design fields. Competition categories include graphic design, fashion and apparel, photography, toys and games, furniture, architecture, and visual communication.

The A’ Design Prize includes PR and marketing services such as press release preparation and distribution, lifetime license to use “award winner” logo, a public relations campaign for winners, an award trophy, an exhibition of selected projects, and a gala night invitation.

Entries are carefully evaluated by a jury panel comprised of established academics, prominent press members, creative design professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Interested designers, artists, architects, and companies can register and submit their realized designs and concepts at competition.adesignaward.com/registration. The deadline for submissions is February 28. To learn more, visit whatisadesignaward.com.

A selection of winning designs will be featured on Colossal shortly after results have been announced to the public on April 15. Previous award-winning designs can be found at awardeddesigns.com, and you can apply now at competition.adesignaward.com/registration.

Treeplets by Impromptu Projects

JinGoo by Daqi Concept

Shadowbrook by DXV by American Standard

The Birth Lighting by Satoshi Itasaka

 

 



Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress (Sponsor)

September 9, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Starting this month Verizon FiOS customers can get upload speeds every bit as fast as their download speeds. Since that means faster, easier sharing of high-res illustrations, designs, and photos, FiOS is sponsoring a series of posts on Colossal to help us commission and share these super hi-res animated GIFs from some of the most amazing artists we could find.

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Art director and designer Kevin Weir uses historical black and white photographs forgotten to time as the basis for his quirky—and slightly disturbing—animated GIFs. His path to online GIF superstardom began when he was in high school. He tells us that “my parents’ boss bought me a copy of Photoshop and I decided I wanted to be some kind of designer.” Having mastered the software, he found himself five years later “making black and white GIFs as a way to occupy myself during the downtime of an internship I had during grad school.” He shared the images on his Tumblr, Flux Machine where they quickly went viral.

Weir makes use of photographs he finds in the Library of Congress online archive, and is deeply drawn to what he calls “unknowable places and persons,” images with little connection to present day that he can use as blank canvas for his weird ideas. Perhaps it’s the nature of his imagination, or maybe a result of the medium’s limited frames of animation to communicate anything too serious, but despite the creepiness factor, it’s hard to not to smile at the absurdity of his ideas.

Weir is now an art director at Droga5 in NYC, he also also animates music videos and sassy birds.

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Dizzying New GIFs at the Intersection of Art and Math by Dave Whyte (Sponsor)

August 26, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Starting this month Verizon FiOS customers can get upload speeds every bit as fast as their download speeds. Since that means faster, easier sharing of high-res illustrations, designs, and photos, FiOS is sponsoring a series of posts on Colossal to help us commission and share these super hi-res animated GIFs from some of the most amazing artists we could find.

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circles

cubes

duals

hexwave

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Digital artist Dave Whyte (previously) continues to amaze us with his impressive mathematical gifs that bounce, swirl, and twist around the web as quickly as he posts them online. The Dublin-based PhD student is currently studying the physics of foam and tells us his first geometric gifs riffed on computational modules he was exploring while in undergrad. As interest in the work grows Whyte is focusing more on his artistic side, pushing the boundaries of these small animations created with the Processing programming language. He’s now able to fully envision each animation before coding it, making tweaks to color, timing, and measurements along the way. The artist publishes new images almost daily on his Tumblr, Bees & Bombs.

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