For the last six months an international group of writers, designers, and travel experts has written a guide to Japan that avoids typical tourist spots and focuses instead on exciting design-centric travel to places visitors rarely explore.
The free downloadable book, JAPAN 99+1: Traveling Through Art, Design, and Architecture, and its companion website, has been published by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) as a way to help travel agencies and planners discover entirely new ways of experiencing a country famous for temples, cherry trees, and ancient traditions of design and craft.
Many of the locales mentioned, whether inside the Tokyo metropolis or remote countryside areas and islands, have been designed by Japan’s best architects, so there’s a strong emphasis on this part of the experience. To put it all into context, Editor-in-chief Roland Hagenberg has interviewed these architects about their work, but within the frame of actual locations you can experience in person during your travels in Japan.
Although the print edition of JAPAN 99+1 is free, its global distribution is limited primarily to the travel industry. However, the same content and more can be found on the project’s website, art.japan.travel, for you to discover right now. Download your free digital copy of JAPAN 99+1, no registration required.
This post was sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
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Over the last 30 years Adobe has become synonymous with industry-leading software for creative professionals who utilize Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere as indispensable tools in their daily workflow. Despite this success, Adobe hasn’t stopped innovating in its relentless passion to support designers, photographers, and filmmakers in achieving their visions. Case in point: catering to the explosive demand for fresh video and imagery with Adobe Stock, a resource of over 60 million visual assets that is fully integrated into Adobe’s applications.
For the month of March, in conjunction with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Adobe is celebrating its own female creators. This week we take a look at videographer and Adobe Stock video contributor Helen Fields who has contributed a broad portfolio of visual assets that seek to break down stereotypes and bring about social change by exploring a much fuller representation of the human experience. Fields is a former criminal lawyer based in the UK whose dramatic career shift has proven wildly successful. As the need for video has surged across the web and social media, her work has become a subtly important backdrop for a wide range of creative endeavors.
“People are keen to bridge the gender gap,” shares Fields about her work. “They want women in unconventional roles. If you don’t include women in your content, you’re restricting your own portfolio.”
To meet the demands of apps and platforms that are increasingly video-centric, Adobe Stock offers both HD and 4K videos available instantly to all Creative Cloud users, not to mention millions of high-quality photos, illustrations, vector graphics, 3D assets, and templates for a variety of projects. Monthly subscription plans are available for individuals, small teams, and enterprise solutions. Learn more about plans and pricing on Adobe Stock. If you’re interested in selling your own stock photos and videos, visit the Adobe Contributor Portal.
This post was sponsored by Adobe Stock.
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Innovative artists can create remarkable objects from simple materials, such as paper, construction supplies, and light. These elements combine in experimental fashion in two new contemporary exhibitions at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H.
Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting examines a re-energized art form dating back to ancient China. The exhibition showcases inventive objects made from cut and manipulated paper, ranging from large-scale installations to detailed diminutive works. The objects explore a wide range of thought-provoking subjects.
Soo Sunny Park, a New Hampshire-based artist, has created a new work of art, BioLath, which immerses visitors in a dynamic, light-filled space. Occupying an entire gallery of the Currier Museum, the artist works with construction materials to filter and refract natural and artificial light.
Deep Cuts is on view until May 21. BioLath is on view until August 6.
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“My time at Sotheby’s Institute has been the foundation for all the relationships that I’ve had later on. When people check your CV and see that such an institution is behind you, somehow backing up what you’re doing and what you say and know and how you work, it helps to build trust. When you’re in the art business, trust is everything.”
– Gregorio Cámara Castellanos
MA in Contemporary Art alumnus & founder of JustMAD art fair
Receive more information about Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s MA programs in Art Business, Contemporary Art, and other disciplines at our campuses in New York, London, and Los Angeles. You might also be interested in 2- and 4-week summer courses, or a range of online courses year-round, including Introduction to Contemporary Art starting on March 6.
JustMAD opens February 21 in Madrid, Spain. Tim Goosens, Contemporary Art faculty at Sotheby’s Institute in New York, is curating the fair’s solo-project section: Curated Venture.
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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.
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Editor's Picks: Craft
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