source Do you like the arts? (Spoiler alert: if you are browsing this website, you probably do). Do you believe that more people should have access to art and have the chance appreciate original artwork from their local community? Good. Now, do you like bingo?
If you are wondering what one has to do with the other, then you must have missed last week’s Art Bingo event with the Art Connection – a nonprofit program established in 1995 that connects artists and donors to community service organizations through the placement of original artwork. The charity finds homes for art pieces (donated by local artists and collectors) in healing environments, where the artworks serve to enliven the spaces and become points of inspiration that allow their recipients opportunity for reflection, comfort, and hope.
As an arts blogger I spend most of my day looking at amazing things created by artists, performers and creatives. If you’re reading Beautiful/Decay, a good portion of your time is likely also spent in awe of the creative output of others. I decided to make a move to the other side of the screen, rolled up my sleeves and learned to create something awesome. I joined forces with Skillshare, an online learning community that provides access to over 15,000 creative classes, to help accelerate my creative inspiration. Whether you’re looking to learn graphic design, illustration, photography or practically anything else, Skillshare can teach you what you need to know to execute your vision. Even better, they’re offering Beautiful/Decay readers two free months of Skillshare Premium (usually it’s $10 per month). Visit this link to redeem the promo or use the promo code BEAUTIFULDECAY..
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.
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 (email@example.com); 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.
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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 Award, Good 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.
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.
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 ofAndy 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 bingobut 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.Credit: 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.
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!
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.