A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call for Entries

The Broccoli Chair by Jie Luo

The Broccoli Chair by Jie Luo

ResoNet Pavilion - Sinan Mansions Pavilion by William Chen - Creative Prototyping Unit

ResoNet Pavilion – Sinan Mansions Pavilion by William Chen – Creative Prototyping Unit

flAVATAR Glowing flowers by Richard Kun

flAVATAR Glowing flowers by Richard Kun

Nominate your designs for award consideration here.

Simply put, the A’ Design Award and Competition is the world’s largest design competition and a highly sought-after award. It aims to highlight the best designs, concepts and design-oriented products around the globe each year.

In addition to the extensive prize package, the A’ Design Award and Competition also serves as an independent and expert appraisal for design by providing valuable feedback and experience from a panel of from industry leaders, academics and prestigious journalists.

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A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

Lingering Fonts Font design by Zhang WeiMin

Lingering Fonts Font design by Zhang WeiMin

Lingering Fonts Font design by Zhang WeiMin

Lingering Fonts Font design by Zhang WeiMin

Enter Your Design Here

The A’ Design Awards & Competition is the world’s largest design competition. Juried by experts in the field, the competition recognizes the best and most exciting work in design from around the world.In addition to the award itself, participating and winning the A’ Design Award means recognition, publicity and as well as a long list of other benefits.

In addition to the sheer size of the competition and it’s extensive winner’s kit, one thing that particularly sets the A’ Design Awards & Competition apart are the categories. Submissions are accepted in dozens of categories ensuring that your work finds its best fit. This includes categories such as Good Industrial Design, Good Architecture Design, Good Product Design, Good Communication Design , Good Service Design, and Good Fashion Design. You can find further design categories here.

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World Design Rankings

Point and Line, Seating and Waste Receptacle, USA

Point and Line, Seating and Waste Receptacle, USA

Point and Line, Seating and Waste Receptacle (detail), USA

Point and Line, Seating and Waste Receptacle (detail), USA

MU'trans Home Accessories, MU'factory Cetti Davi and Dario Feo, Italy

MU’trans Home Accessories, MU’factory Cetti Davi and Dario Feo, Italy

How does your country stack up? The World Design Ranking (WDR) ranks nations  around the world based on the number of creative designers that have received an A’ Design Award over the course of the past seven years. Envisioned to be to design what the Olympics are to sports, the A’ Design Award & Competition aims stoke innovation and the flexing of minds through international competition through the WDR. (You can find the full world ranking and each nation’s awardees at http://www.worlddesignrankings.com.)

Amazing and forward-thinking designs are submitted globally to the A’ Design Award & Competition each year keeping the rankings close and the list of represented nations long. There’s still time to represent your home and add to your country’s award total. The A’ Design Award & Competition registration period is now open and accepting submissions for numerous categories including packaging design; architecture, building and structure design; arts, crafts and ready-made design among many more. You can register and find out more here. In the meantime, check out selection of awarded submissions by designers from the top 10 nations on the WDR.

A’ Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winners

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong 1

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

Eyelash Stand by Naai-Jung Shih

Eyelash Stand by Naai-Jung Shih

Eyelash Stand (detail) by Naai-Jung Shih

Eyelash Stand (detail) by Naai-Jung Shih

As you may already know, the A’ Design Award & Competition is a very large and one of the world’s leading design competitions. Judged by academics, prominent members of the press and successful professionals around the world, awarded designers are the minds behind frequently very compelling projects. Further, there are many categories (100 of them, in fact) covering just about every facet of modern design. Registration for the award is now open. You can find out more and register here.

In the meantime, however, we take a look at past winners of one category: Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made design. This category encompasses works of art, crafted designs and ready-made objects as well as installations and functional sculptures. The Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design category would be of particular interest to professional and young artists, designers, design galleries, design and arts departments, and other art, craft and design oriented institutions in the creative industry around the world and all are encouraged to submit.

In addition to a trophy, invitation to a gala celebration in Italy and numerous other perks of a lengthy prize package list, award winners are also offered the opportunity to exhibit their work, a free service, and make their work available for purchase free of any commission. You can find the full award package and more information on the A’ Design Award & Competition at http://www.designaward.com.

Can your art, craft or ready-made design hold its own against these past winners? If so consider registering now here.

A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Submissions

Folded Tones Rug by Enoch Liew

Folded Tones Rug by Enoch Liew

Triangle Notebook by Tan Mavitan

Triangle Notebook by Tan Mavitan

Open Triangle Notebook by Tan Mavitan

Open Triangle Notebook by Tan Mavitan

Or2 Photochromatic Canopy Structure by Orproject

Or2 Photochromatic Canopy Structure by Orproject

The A’ Design Award & Competition is one of the largest and leading truly global design competitions. The competition seeks to recognize and award the best designs and well-designed products from around the world. The registration period is now open and you can nominate your design here.

Are you an artist or designer? If so, there is a category for your work. In fact, there are 100 main categories including Unexpected Design; Interior Space and Exhibition Design; Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design; Website and Web Design; Photography and Photo Manipulation Design; Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design; and Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design. You can browse all of the competition’s categories here.

For competition winners, the A’ Design Award is actually part of an extensive winners’ kit. This winners’ kit includes a certificate and trophy, inclusion in a hard-cover yearbook publication and physical exhibition, invitations to a gala celebration in Italy and much more. Further, winners enjoy benefits such as marketing, consulting, inclusion in World Design Ranking, press release and press kit preparation and distribution and translation of a summary of your project into more than 20 languages. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of academics, design professionals and press members following a strict and thorough methodology.

As mentioned earlier, the registration period is now open and the deadline for regular submissions is September 30. Learn more about the A’ Design Awards & Competition and register your project here. In the meantime check out some of the past awarded projects and designs.

Top 20 A’ Design Award Winners

Artificial Topography by Ryumei Fujiki and Yukiko Sato

Artificial Topography by Ryumei Fujiki and Yukiko Sato

Double Cross Game Packaging by Mr. Pip

Double Cross Game Packaging by Mr. Pip

The Hex Kite by Wind Architecture Studio

The Hex Kite by Wind Architecture Studio

Heaven is a Place on Earth Swarovski Veil by reginadahmeningenhoven

Heaven is a Place on Earth Swarovski Veil by reginadahmeningenhoven

With a highly respected and influential panel of judges and an award that offers international audiences and recognition, the A’ Design Award & Competition is one of the world’s leading annual juried competitions for design. While design-lovers would be interested in perusing past years’ winners, artists and designers should know: the application period is now open.

The sought after “A’ Design Prize” entails an extensive winners kit including a certificate, a trophy, inclusion in a hardcover yearbook publication and much more, culminating in invitations to an exclusive gala-night in Italy. Winners also receive vital tools for international promotion and marketing such as project translation into more than 20 languages, media appearances through the press partners of A’ Design Award & Competition as well as press release preparation and distribution.

Each year, submissions are judged and winners are ultimately selected by a panel of leading designers, academics, entrepreneurs and prominent members of the press. This diverse group of panelists are selected from a variety of fields for their recognition and, more importantly, their experience and technical knowledge. To ensure fair evaluation, the basis for any proper design competition, the panelists abide by a conflict of interest policy and a jury agreement and judge the submissions anonymously using a rigorous methodology.

Does your work fit in with past winners and panelists’ favorite projects? I may not be a panelist (or even describe myself as “esteemed”), but enjoyed picking 20 winners from past years that especially caught my eye. When the results from this year’s competition are made public, we’ll feature a selection of our favorites once again. Enjoy the collection and best wishes!

The call to entries is now open. Find out more information and register here.

Life-Size Animal Gallery Goers Made Out Of Cut Paper

Max Gartner Animal Gallery

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Max Gartner sculpture6

Animal Watching Teaser from Max Gärtner on Vimeo.

Artist Max Gärtner‘s solo exhibit Animal Watching is a bit of a play on words.  Much of the exhibits is filled with intricate animal portraits.  The portraits of these animal gallery goers are created using carefully cut paper in impressive detail, that are then mounted and framed.  It offers gallery visitors a different sort of Animal Watching.  Accompanying the wall mounted artwork, are what appear to three figures, each with a different animal head, carefully inspecting pieces.  The sculptures are each an animal watching the gallery events.  Check out the video to see the way the piece interact within the gallery and some of the art work being created.

Creepy Four Eyed Cat Paintings

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Seattle based artist Casey Weldon’s newest series of work is a bit unsettling.  He’s painted a series of cats, each with four eyes.  While the premise sounds simple enough, the product is more jarring than one might expect.  Upon first viewing the paintings the animals don’t appear as mutated creatures or monstrous as you might expect.  Rather, the paintings seem to be making it difficult to focus.  As humans we have a sensitive awareness of faces, eyes being a primary reference point.  Perhaps because of this the two sets of eyes don’t seem as much like a defect in the cat as a defect in our ability to focus on the painting.  Also, Weldon’s choice of exclusively depicting cats clearly references the internet.  The animal’s unexpected rise to the top of internet meme-dom, nearly makes cat’s a symbol of internet culture itself.  The gallery statement for his current exhibit at Spoke Art further expounds on this by saying:

“Ranging from internal commentary on the state of contemporary culture to a satirical analysis of the internet in general, Weldon has deftly created a body of new acrylic paintings that humor and appall.  Through his thematic commonality of quadruple eyed animals, Weldon intentionally disorients the viewing experience by juxtaposing a subject that is impulsively attractive yet eerily disturbing. With this subtle manipulation the viewer finds themselves drawn towards these subjects, yet can’t quite focus on them, akin in many ways to the eye fatigue experienced by countless hours on the internet, often fueled by the mindless addictive nature of social media. The choice of cats specifically as his subject matter continue on Weldon’s commentary of the internet/social media. The immense popularity of cat culture and viral cat memes is unavoidable in this day and age, a point made all too apparent by the pairing of Weldon’s exhibition with a Lil Bub art show just two doors down this month at Spoke Art.”  (via supersonic electronic)