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this week's edition of Creative Tidbits:
* Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing
* School of Illustration Student Creates Hand Drawn Video Game
* Warsaw International Poster Biennial awards Iran's Mahdian
* Graphic Designers Need to Learn Craftier Environmental PR
* Six Essential Artists and A Lot of Tequila
* Will Design for Change
... and more !
Warsaw International Poster Biennial awards Iran's Mahdian
The Iranian artist, Mehdi Mahdian has been awarded at the 23rd edition of Warsaw International Poster Biennial held in the Polish capital.
Mahdian received the ICOGRADA Excellence Award which is granted by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations to honor a specific piece or a body of work, and to support the promotion of graphic design and professional graphic designers.
Full story : www.presstv.ir
Will Design for Change
To say that designers and artists of all kinds play a crucial and highly complicitous role in the great circus of consumer capitalism is, if by now a somewhat obvious observation, an insight that sill evades your average art school student.
They are the aesthetic force at work in the mass delirium that is the American marketplace. Without designers the vast kaleidoscope of distraction would be shapeless and colorless, and without the beautiful patterns, a kaleidoscope loses its hypnotic potential. So designers, whether they realize it or not, are in a position to subvert the spectacle, to move design itself in a radically different direction.
Full story : dissidentvoice.org
Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing
Last week Book Expo America 2012 took place at Javits Center in New York City. According to a press release, this year the show boasted over 1,300 exhibitors, including 200 new companies, an 18% growth in new exhibitors from 2011.
It may surprise some to learn that despite advertising's higher profile, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2011 show publishing ahead as an industry employer of graphic design, employing designers for content such as books, magazines and newspapers as well as related collateral.
Full story : www.graphicdesign.com
Graphic Designers Need to Learn Craftier Environmental PR
How are those who deny the existence of climate change winning the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans?
Creating effective environmental PR is about more than hiring someone with a graphic design degree, although a little rigorous study does help. It isn't just like you can grab a graduate, adding a copywriter and saying, "Good luck!" Climate change opponents are winning the war of words because they are using talking points and advertisements more effectively.
Full story : Business 2 Community
Six Essential Artists and A Lot of Tequila
It's the unveiling of 1800 Tequila's Essential Artists Series for 2012-- which in previous years has featured artists such as Gary Baseman and Yuko Shimizu-- and the designs are dark.
Comic-book, tattoo, and graffiti-inspired graphics play off of black backgrounds in smokey shades of blue, gold, and crimson through a glass bottle of 80-proof tequila. It's hard to pick just one to look at, each one is fighting for your attention.
Full story : graphicdesign.com
School of Illustration Student Creates Hand Drawn Video Game
School of Illustration student Leo Dasso is creating his own video game titled College Ruled Universe funded by Kickstarter while attending Academy of Art University. The game is on schedule to release an alpha build by July and a beta by September of this year.
College Ruled Universe is a completely hand drawn video game involving a war between the logical, classically drawn ideas and the whimsical or creative ones. 'The whimsys are losing big-time. It's sort of a play on what's going on in every art student's mind as they get training, and the battle between what they want to do and what's correct and marketable,' Leo explains.
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