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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Call For Entries: Earthquake Emergency Shelters

In light of the earthquake in Haiti and the emergent need for short-term emergency shelters, Core77 is inviting designers to create innovative pop-up shelter solutions in their latest 1 Hour Design Challenge. Core77 will donate $500 to Architecture For Humanity’s Haiti Earthquake Support Program in the name of the winner. For more details go here.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Have You Been Bitch Slapped??

Project Never is a design competition for designers, by designers. For those of you who believe your rejected concepts still kicks ass and deserves proper recognition, this is the venue for you.
Click here for more details.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:59 pm  

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Call For Entries: Culture Counts

From Press Release:
The best hope for peace in the world – yet one of the biggest challenges – is the pursuit of better communication and understanding between different civilizations, cultures and peoples. To help UNESCO achieve this objective, DESIGN 21: Social Design Network – an online platform founded by Felissimo and UNESCO to promote design for the greater good – launched the Culture Counts competition. Designers across the globe are asked to submit poster designs that celebrate 2010 as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. (more…)

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Call for Entries: 22nd Annual Warsaw Poster Biennale

Deadline for this international competition is January 15th. For more info on what the submission regulations are click here. To see selected winners of past competitions dating back to 1966 see this.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

2009 Taiwan International Poster and CI Design Awards Announced

More than 1,750 design works were submitted from 41 different countries in this years competition. A total of 232 works were selected (27 award winners and 205 specially selected entries). Stefan Sagmeister’s piece shown above called Levi’s ButtonFly was chosen as the grand prize winner. To view the entire list of selections go here.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Good 50X70: Design for Good

Good 50X70 is an international initiative that we at Visual Culture have been both participants and huge supporters of over the last three years. Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of dialoguing with Good 50X70 co-founders Tommaso Minnetti and Pasquale Volpe on how it all began, the evolution, and the knowledge gained within the journey.

VC: Congrats on your third year of Good 50X70. Could you share a few highlights with us?

TM: I’d say that one of the most interesting things we did this year was to organize 3 workshops with 3 of our jury members here in Milan. It has been truly great to see how much people we gathered for the event and I’m really proud we managed to do something that might be an important and meaningful experience in the future career of the students who participated.

From Woody Pirtle Workshop in Milan

VC: What began as an idea has evolved into a growing initiative to raise awareness on pressing issues our world faces. What sparked this concept and how did you make it happen?

TM: We just wanted to do something that gave us a good feeling while being effective for the client. We don’t despise professional work for commercial clients, it’s something you can’t avoid doing. A smart client who gives you some trust can bring a lot of satisfactions too, but there’s nothing like doing the job you like for causes that you can really believe in. (more…)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

‘Be a Part of the Action’

“Historically posters have been inextricably linked with cause-related campaigns. Visually striking, often iconic and frequently iconoclastic, posters grab the attention like no other medium. They effectively help spread a succinct message and in doing so shift attitudes and contribute to significant changes within society.” That’s the view of Greenpeace Australia Pacific who recently awarded a winner in the Greenpeace Design Awards.”

Sam Dickson’s winning poster “We can’t always rely on someone else to save the world.” was selected out of 1,500 creative entries from 77 countries. To see other finalists posters from the competition go here.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

GreenPeace Design Awards Announced

The short-list of the GreenPeace Design Awards has been released. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on July 31st, 2009. The above poster by Spencer Harrison was one of the pieces to make the short-list. View the full gallery here.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Redesigning the Gay Flag

We seriously have some doubts about this one. The 6-color rainbow flag that was conceived in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker has evolved into an iconic symbol for gay pride. Studio360 with Kurt Anderson has asked Worldstudio (as well as listeners) to redesign the gay flag to “bring it into the 21st century?” Are they serious? While their intentions may be good, this design exercise is a bit misguided and feels a bit self serving and presumptuous. Thoughts?

One example of a proposed redesign:

VC poses the following question: Why redesign a symbol that resonates so well with its community? Peek here to see a few of the design concepts proposed. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:43 am  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Celebrating Diversity

The results of Design 21′s logo competition are in with Yael Alkalay’s concept taking first prize. His logo will be acknowledged as the official logo for UNESCO’s International Festival of Cultural Diversity.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:55 am  
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