A’ Design Award & Competition Winners Announced!

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Polypictures Illustration by Anton Mikhalenkov

Polypictures Illustration by Anton Mikhalenkov

Che Palle Armchair by Anacleto Spazzapan

Che Palle Armchair by Anacleto Spazzapan

Oriental Garden Couture Dresses Collection by Kelly Ng

Oriental Garden Couture Dresses Collection by Kelly Ng

The winners to A’ Design Awards was recently announced and we couldn’t be more excited! The global design award was established to create awareness for groundbreaking design in a wide array of genres. The ultimate aim of the A’ Design Award & Competition is to build strong incentives for designers, companies and brands from all countries to come up with better products, services and systems that benefit mankind.

This years winners included some of the most talented creatives from around the planet. With over 1958 Winners from 98 countries in 97 different design disciplines, there is truly something new to discover for everyone.

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.design, The Ultimate Domain Extension For Creatives

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The new .design domain is popping up everywhere, in just under 2 years it has been registered by more than 60k individuals worldwide with major brands on board as well, just see facebook.design, airbnb.design, npr.design, kohler.design, telekom.design, booking.design.

The .design extension functions in the same way a .com or .net does. However, anyone that has ever registered a domain knows that the short and good .com domains were snatched up decades ago. So, instead of settling for a clunky name, you can now stick out with something both elegant and innovative. You can often shorten or improve your existing branding by switching to .design; you can set up a fun coordinating email address (holler@yourname.design); or you can even use it as a clever redirect to another site, like a behance profile.

.design is being used across the varied design disciplines and so it is creating a growing and diffuse online community of creatives. UX and web designers are the fastest adopters but there is really strong representation of more niche fields like lighting design as well.

We.design is now offering $5 .design names to Beautiful/Decay readers, and every domain comes with free WHOIS privacy as well as SSL certificates. While .design can cost up to $70 at some registrars, next year’s renewal will only cost $35. Use code BEAUTIFUL to take advantage now.

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A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call For Entries

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Fashion: Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection

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Fashion: Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection

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Architecture: Green Hills Kindergarten

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Interior Design: Le Campus

International design competition A’ Design Awards provides creatives a unique opportunity to their artwork on a global stage. Not only do designers get recognition by their peers but  it also works as a powerful marketing campaign for the winners brand. Some categories that creatives can apply to compete in include  Good Industrial Design AwardGood Architecture Design Award,  Good Product Design Award, Good Communication Design Award, Good Service Design Award,  and Good Fashion Design Award. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of academics, design professionals and press members who will look for groundbreaking design, innovation and out of the box thinking.  The deadline to register and submit your work is February 28th so make sure to apply today. You can do so here. Winning designs will be announced on the A’ Design Awards website and on Beautiful/Decay on April 15th. More winning designs after the jump.

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A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call For Entries

Geometric Landmark Illustrations by Ben Grib

Geometric Landmark Illustrations by Ben Grib

Honeycomb bookshelf by Seyed Mohammad Mortazavi

Honeycomb bookshelf by Seyed Mohammad Mortazavi

The Fruits Toilet Paper by Kazuaki Kawahara

The Fruits Toilet Paper by Kazuaki Kawahara

The Fruits Toilet Paper by Kazuaki Kawahara

The Fruits Toilet Paper by Kazuaki Kawahara

With the motto “Ars Futura Cultura” i.e. Arts Cultivate the Future, Arts for the Culture of Future, A’ Design Award was created as a platform to highlight, advertise and advocate groundbreaking design and designers A’ Design Award. Their yearly award attracts aglobal audience of creatives from all design related fields who compete for the top slot. More than just an award A’ Design Award is recognized worldwide as a certificate of Excellence and proof of quality, invention, and out of the box thinking. Nominate your design Here.

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Bingomation: Transforming Bingo Through Modern Art For The Tech Generation

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You may never have given it much thought, but art has the potential to drag traditional, quaint activities or items into the modern world, applying an artistic touch to bring them back into public awareness in a fresh style.

Warhol, Hockney, and Bingomation

Just take the example of Andy Warhol and his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans. Amongst other perceptions, this revolutionary 1962 work of pop art dramatically changed the perception of the Campbell’s brand at that time, as well as transforming the face of modern art.

Nowadays, the use of technology in artwork has emerged in the creation of GIFs, as well as innovative ideas like David Hockney creating an entire collection using an iPad. Hockney had previously created works of art using just his iPhone, and his iPad collection was a clear progression from this experimental approach.

It’s clear that technology can be used in transformative ways when it comes to looking at something old and cherished and bringing it into the modern age and a new project has aimed to apply this practice to one of the UK’s most cherished activities: bingo. Bingo has obviously been made relevant to the digital age thanks to the multitude of operators where you can play online bingo but now a project called Bingomation is using interesting graphics, displays, and tables to create a buzz amongst youger players keen on innovation.

Bringing bingo calls to life

When you think about bingo, you think about bingo calls, with the likes of “Staying Alive” for number 85, but collaborative project Bingomation has attempted to turn the audible into the visual through the use of GIFs to convey the actual meaning behind these calls.

In our example of the number 85, for example, the creator of the GIF, Will Adams, has used the dual themes of the Bee Gees song and the literal notion of “staying alive” to create an artistic twist on the bingo call. Adams has created the GIF of a man dancing to a disco tune whilst transforming into a skeleton.tumblr_nak7w2VKP61tdoejlo2_r1_500Credit: Will Adams: Bingomation

This dark humour is also present when it comes to numbers like 22, with the two little ducks swimming happily along until they are eaten by a shark!

A new view on society through art

Some of the GIFs provide a fascinating look at how we view society and the way in which lives have changed. Take the number 21 for instance. This traditional coming of age number features a young man drinking heavily from a bottle and then passing out drunk on the floor.

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These GIFs really do manage to put a different interpretation on the game of bingo, making it about more than just lines and full houses, in the process helping to engage a younger audience who enjoy being exposed to creativity through the medium of technology.

If these GIFs have caught your eye and you pride yourself on your artistic streak, there are still a few numbers left to claim!

 

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World Design Rankings

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Scottie Heated chair by Fabrique Publique

Scottie Heated chair by Fabrique Publique

Beer'd Up Beer packaging by Springetts Brand Design Consultants

Beer’d Up Beer packaging by Springetts Brand Design Consultants

Welcome to World Design Rankings, a website that provides valuable insight into the entire design industry.  Each year WDR advocates and promotes groundbreaking design through it’s ranking. This international ranking system gives you a snapshot of the state-of-art and design, highlighting the creative strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. One of our favorite sections on the site is the “Design Business Insights” which gives readers an important ranking of countries based on their success in various design categories. This allows you to discover with country is the leader in fashion, product or industrial design with the click of your mouse!

One of our favorite categories that World Design Rankings covers is furniture design. We found multiple examples of furniture design that was groundbreaking and experimental. We’ve shared some of those designs along with a selection of other past winners from various categories below.

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How To Get Yourself Off The Canvas And Earn Some Money

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“Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake. Gimme the readys. Gimme the cash”, the band 10cc sang in the ‘70s. Kevin Godley, the band’s drummer, and Lol Creme, both former arts school students, were the creative force behind the Stockport-based art rock quartet.

Essentially, the message behind the line ‘Art’s for art’s sake’ is that producing a work of art should not need any justification – monetary or otherwise. But with Arts degrees costing three times as much as science-based subjects like Biology, according to research by Voucherbox, and student debt higher than it has ever been – the highest in the English-speaking world, claims an online BBC report – sometimes it can be hard to stick to those principles. Godley spent eight years, not the usual three, studying to be a graphic designer. Just imagine the debt he would have been in had he graduated in 2016.

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Is Social Media a Useful Marketing Tool for Artists?

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“instagram logo copyright free Virginia S” (CC BY 2.0) by vastateparksstaff

What is art? Well, if Edgar Degas was right and art “is not what you see” but “what you make others see”, then art can be anything. However, what if the vision someone else has isn’t quite what you expected? And what if this vision is bound by a ton of T&Cs? This kind of issue has become prominent since visual material has taken over social media.

When Instagram first launched in 2010 it was a social network where users could share their personal pictures. Since then, it has grown and evolved into a platform where businesses, social influencers and even artists can showcase their work.

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