Are You an Art Lover or an Art Collector?

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“Most expensive paintings of all time” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by markldiaz


For art traders, buying and selling art has been a more lucrative way of making money than other investments. In fact, many have built a growing and rewarding business.

The first thing that anyone who is interested in buying art needs to decide is which role they want to play; dealer, investor, or collector. Each has its own motivation, trading strategy, and overall objective. The dealer buys what he believes will fetch the highest price in the short-term, the investor what he feels is the right painting at the right time, and the collector, simply what he likes. When it comes to buying, each of these roles comes with its own strict criteria.

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Street Artists That Make Our World a More Exciting Place

10-graffiti-artists-that-make-our-world-a-better-place-title-7It’s safe to say that the art of graffiti, the once loathed medium that was reserved uniquely to the outlaws and high-art mavericks (see: Basquiat), has changed pretty much entirely. With no need to sneak around trash cans and lurk in fog-filled passageways (well – mostly), most graffeteros these days are highly regarded contemporary artists, while the occasional fling with the other side of the law has turned into a charming postmodern adrenaline hunt.

CanvasDiscount.com invites you to a street art gallery where paintings can emerge on a gritty channel side, and every street corner can be instantly changed into a genuine exhibit space!

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6th Annual Art Bingo: Playing Bingo For Fun, For Art, And For the Community With Local Boston Art Charity

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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.

Learn to Customize Type With Aaron Draplin

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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..

A’ Design Award & Competition Winners Announced!

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.

.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 ([email protected]); 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.

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.

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.