sexta-feira, 30 de maio de 2008

European Design Awards 2008/ Winners

It was a great night at the Awards. The elite of European designers showed up for 5 days in Stockholm, to celebrate and award excellence in communication design. The European Design Awards is the premium venue that honors the best in European design. This year, it was hosted in Stockholm, Sweden May 15-19 as part of the European Design Week which included several exhibitions, a 3-day conference, an award ceremony, a formal reception, two design walks to 7 agencies and open houses.
The ED Awards Ceremony honors the winners in 27 categories. This year, the award for Original Typeface went to Parachute® for the Centro Pro typeface superfamilies. In his acceptance speech, Panos Vassiliou the designer of Centro Pro, was quoted saying " is awards like these that make you feel that your work is appreciated, it is awards like these that make you feel responsible for your work, it is awards like these that raise your standards, but most of all these awards make you believe in yourself and your work. So I can say this: now more than ever I BELIEVE!"
The night of May 18 started with an invitation by the mayor of the City of Stockholm to a formal reception in Stadshuset (the City Hall), the very same hall used for the Nobel Prize dinners.

sexta-feira, 16 de maio de 2008


And the winner is.....

Graphic Design Festival Breda

Graphic Design Festival Breda (GDFB) is a brand new festival on graphic design.For five weeks Breda (NL) will be the centre of attention for those who are interested in graphic design.GDFB presents various forms of graphic design in the public space, but the festival also includes exhibitions, workshops and lectures.Over 100 international designers particiapte in these projects.


“Cuba Grafica”, one of the three signature exhibitions presented in La Habana during Design/Culture: Icograda World Design Congress 2007, has received the 2008 National Prize for Curatorship. The award is the highest granted in Cuba to art and design exhibitions. A jury of experts selected “Cuba Gráfica”, organised by Pepe Menendez, Pedro Contreras and Hector Villaverde, as the best group exhibition from twenty presented during the last year.
“Cuba Gráfica” takes an inclusive approach to the breadth of design acitivity in Cuba. Spanning from 1959 to 2007, it presents a comprehensive retrospective of Cuban graphic and visual communication design, including editorial and identity design, posters, billboards, websites, promotional spots, packaging and stamps. The pieces were selected based on their importance and not by their authors, although many of the Cuban best designers are represented in the exhibition. “Cuba Gráfica” is a project by Prográfica, with sponsorhsip from Casa de las Américas and the National Council of Fine Arts (CNAP). The exhibition website includes commentary from Reynaldo González and Pepe Menéndez.
For more information: exhibition website.

quinta-feira, 15 de maio de 2008

A Bumper Crop of D&AD Winners

The U.K.'s most prestigious awards show, D&AD, handed out a record number of top prizes and recognized mobile marketing for the first time at the awards ceremony held today in London. In another first, the jury president, Simon Waterfall, was chosen from the digital marketing world rather than a traditional agency. Mr. Waterfall is the founder of U.K. digital agency Poke.

D&AD is regarded as a good indicator of what might do well at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival next month. It could be a bountiful year--the Design & Art Direction jury awarded six Black Pencils, the top award, for the first time in its 45-year history. Some years, no Black Pencils are handed out; often, there are two or three. The criteria is "A piece of work or campaign that is truly groundbreaking; the kind of work that redefines a medium."

Black Pencils went to "Get the Glass" for California Milk Processors by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; Cadbury's "Gorilla" spot by Fallon London and the "Uniqlock" online campaign for Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo by Projector Inc, which uses a fusion of dance and sound to create an everlasting, ever-changing online clock.

Apple's iMac and iPhone also took home Black Pencils, confirming them as hot contenders to win the new Design Lions, which will be presented for the first time at Cannes this year.

A sixth Black Pencil went to "The National Gallery Grand Tour," a series of posters of paintings in London's National Gallery that were placed around the city and developed into an interactive experience mirroring the extended "Grand Tours" which culture-hungry nineteenth-century Brits used to take around Europe. The agency was The Partners, and there were two clients--The National Gallery and Hewlett Packard.

View a full list of D&AD Pencil winners

D&AD also gave out the first awards for mobile marketing. Yellow Pencils went to Unilever's Lynx/Axe and Japanese snack food company Tohato.
"It's an industry that's still coming of age," Mr. Waterfall said, "and these campaigns are a good sign that it's finally arriving."

For Unilever's Lynx male body spray (known as Axe in the rest of the world), Bartle Bogle Hegarty tried to figure out how to apply the Lynx effect for seducing women to the digital world. The solution, according to BBH, was to "turn mobile phones into pulling machines." Sound effects were added to the mobile phone to make it an ice breaker for geeky guys. As part of the "Get In There" campaign, cell phones provided serenades, a door-unlocking noise so it sounds like that nearby Porsche is yours, romantic music to propose by, and much more.

The other mobile winner, "World's Worst War," was an online war game between Tohato's two new spicy snack products, created by Japanese agency Hakuhodo. Recruits joined either the Habanero or the Satan Jorquia evil armies (named after the snacks) and fought daily battles. Players used their phones to win higher rank by recruiting friends, text message war reports, and strategize.

Mr. Waterfall said, "Making me [jury] president says so much about where our industry is going, but we have had some brilliant work in all media this year. 'Gorilla' is a perfect guilty pleasure; it says everything there is to say about eating chocolate, and 'Get the Glass' is charming, fun and beautifully crafted.

"U.S. wins included Yellow Pencils for Mars' Skittles "Touch" spot by TBWA Chiat Day, New York and two integrated campaigns – Coke Zero's "Coke vs Coke Zero" by Crispin Porter and Microsoft's X-Box "Believe" by T.A.G., S.F./McCann Worldgroup, S.F. The HBO "Voyeur" work by BBDO, New York won in the broadcast innovation and integrated categories.

segunda-feira, 12 de maio de 2008


Glide 08: Global Interaction in Design EducationRensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) present The 1st Biennial Design Web Conference, a pioneering conference with presentations streamed live 22 October 2008.The theme for 2008 is Global Interaction in Design Education (GLIDE).
On the day of streaming, registrants will have access to content in the following types of innovative formats: live and/or recorded podcasts and webcasts, downloadable pdf files and Powerpoint presentations with voiceovers, telephone conferences, blogs and wikis.Key presentations streamed live will include synchronous Q&A sessions.GLIDE '08 aims to disseminate cutting-edge research that bridges cultural and geographic divides.
The conference seeks to provide a venue for design scholars around the world to share pedagogical and technical strategies for global interaction and collaboration.Educators, existing design blog managers and graduate students within the global design community are invited to submit proposals on topics related to the advancement of global interaction in design education.
New Abstract deadline is 15 May 2008.

Solidarity Design

Index Book is preparing a new book called For a good cause: Solidarity design, by Cactus Disseny.For a good cause features the best "solidarity designs" carried out for any kind of non-profit-making organizations.
Index Book invites you to participate and demonstrate that creatives work "for good causes" too.The deadline is September 15, 2008.

domingo, 11 de maio de 2008

Picasso`s Guernica

Todo mundo conhece a Guernica, um painel pintado a óleo com 782 x 351 cm, que Pablo Picasso apresentou em 1937 na Exposição Internacional de Paris.

A tela, a preto e branco, representa o bombardeamento sofrido pela cidade espanhola de Guernica em 26 de abril de 1937 por aviões alemães e actualmente está exposta no Centro Nacional de Arte Rainha Sofia, em Madrid.

O pintor, que morava em Paris na altura, soube do massacre pelos jornais e pintou as pessoas, animais e edifícios destruídos pela força aérea nazi tal como os viu na sua imaginação.

Agora uma artista nova-iorquina, Lena Gieseke, que domina as mais modernas técnicas de infografia digital, decidiu propor uma versão 3D da célebre obra e colocá-la na net soba forma de um vídeo.
O resultado é fascinante e permite-nos visualizar detalhes que de outro modo nos passariam despercebidos.

Esta técnica inovadora revela-se um instrumento poderoso para compreender melhor a forma de trabalhar do pintor e até o modo como funcionava a sua imaginação.


sexta-feira, 2 de maio de 2008

COLLABOR8: Sustainable Graphic Design Across Cultural Boundaries

Sydney (Australia) - On 28 April, the latest edition of Creative Waves went live. COLLABOR8 is an eight-week long fully online education non-profit initiative that aims to establish a basis for collaborative online art and design projects between universities in Australia and China.

Design students from Australia and China will join forces for eight weeks, with project convenors, teachers and special guests worldwide, to work collaboratively within a fully online learning environment. Participants will form valuable connections with colleagues in Australia and China, receiving regular feedback and support from peers, teachers and established professionals, using the internet as their sole communication tool.
COLLABOR8 is about creating awareness about the importance of cross cultural design practice and sustainability in design. It will do this by challenging students to work together to design graphics for contemporary, environmentally friendly and sustainable ceramics, textiles, products and environments.