The Art Directors Club is once again on the hunt for the creative stars of tomorrow with Young Guns. Now in its twelfth year, the international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition seeks to identify the young creative vanguard. By "young," they mean 30 or under, and by "creatives," they mean those doing great things in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design, and/or typography. The deadline for entries is April 7, and a jury of past Young Guns will select the winners.
There's nothing like frigid weather, treacherous road conditions, and a full-time job to put the kibosh on that plan to take a cross-country road trip. Until you can drive the scenic route, get a bird's-eye view on Aerial America, an original series on the Smithsonian Channel. The new season, which takes flight on February 23, soars across Texas, Idaho, Utah, Kentucky, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming, revealing the resources of each states from the viewfinder of a helicopter-mounted Cineflex V-14 HD camera system.
You're starting at square one — with nothing but a signed lease and the smell of paint to call home. What do you design first? That's the question posed by Fab's "First Things First" challenge. The shape-shifting e-commerce company's design competition is open to all creatives in all disciplines. Selected items will be shown in Fab's fresh start-inspired design exhibition during NYCxDesign in May, and could eventually be put into production by Fab. Entries must be received by March 21.
Launched with a list of "tastemakers" who hawked their favorite products, social shopping site OpenSky recently broadened its horizons to include hundreds of small businesses and emerging brands from around the world. The retooled platform takes it cues from Facebook, complete with a feed of news from product categories, stores, and fellow shoppers that you "follow." The vast selection of products on offer range from custom calligraphy and the latest gadgets to nifty homegoods and even tasty treats. In want of a sculptural stool made from broken skateboards (from deckstool) and a slab of sea salt chocolate butter toffee (from The Secret Chocolatier)? It's all under the same (Open)Sky.
From print to web to...retail. That's the bold path taken by Dwell Media, which has parlayed its modern design expertise into e-commerce. The recently launched Dwell Store is stocked with products from the likes of Kartell, Flos, the Bouroullec Brothers, and Grain Design. The site will also showcase designs developed exclusively for Dwell. “Our audience constantly asks us, ‘Where can I buy that?’" says Dwell president Michela O’Connor Abrams. "I am so pleased to now say ‘at dwell.com!’" Start the new year off with a few Delfonics wooden pens from Japan ($10 each) and an Eames notebook ($20).
If the term "vintage" makes you slightly nervous when it comes to furniture, check out Viyet, "the new way to buy nearly new furniture." The site's selection of items combines finds from New York City homes and interior designers. Among the items that are sure to be hit under any tree this month: chic and cheery Jonathan Adler pillows, a Wendell Castle table, and any of the striking organic forms by Designlush.
Load up on creative holiday gifts without leaving your actual home by shopping MyHabit, Amazon's take on the flash-sale craze. You know the drill: hefty discounts on brand-name merch for a limited time. The Amazon innovations include a fuss-free interface, integration with your existing Amazon account and free shipping, at lightning speed. Launched with an impressive assortment of fashion brands, the site continues to build up its home and design section. Recent sales have ranged from cult brands (Lexon, MIU France) to oddball treasures (a robot lamp made from industrial pipes, an iPhone cover printed with axes).
What do you get when you cross a haiku with a manifesto and multiply it by the power of the web? Multifesto, a communal design manifesto created by New York-based design consultancy 2x4. Have your say by adding a three-word call to arms in the form of a verb, preposition and noun. Then tell your creative friends to do the same. "Multifesto is born of the idea that design is a verb, not a product, and a collaborative endeavor, not the mark of an individual," says the team at 2x4. "We welcome contributions by designers everywhere and from every discipline."
"Posters are dissent made visible," says Elizabeth Resnick, a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. "They communicate, advocate, instruct, celebrate, and warn, while jarring us to action with their bold messages and striking iconography." Some 122 examples are on view in "Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001–2012," an exhibition organized by Resnick that is on view through August 28 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery before traveling to venues throughout the United States. The show's website includes a virtual poster gallery as well as Kenneth Fitzgerald's thoughts on the medium ("a paper cut like a knife," he concludes) and Steven Heller's illuminating interview with Resnick.
Jean Pigozzi is an eccentric millionaire with a sharp eye for contemporary art and a weakness for loudly patterned shirts. He needs your help. Pigozzi is expanding his wild and crazy menswear line, LimoLand, with a Zodiac-themed collection, and is looking for a few (OK, a dozen) out-of-this-world astrological designs. Submit your most "original, quirky, and colorful" concepts by the end of the month, and esteemed judges including Pigozzi and Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman will pick their favorites.