I’m trying to do something small
I’m trying to do something small
Asif Khan’s Harvest is a project that focuses on the use of London’s plant life as a raw material for everyday products and it’s part of a show called “Designers in Residence” at the Design Museum London. It reminds me a lot of a furniture version of the Chia Pet!
Photography by James Moriarty.
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After you sign up to participate in the project, we’ll send you a package containing a custom-designed Sketchbook Project sketchbook with a barcode on it, your chosen theme, and detailed instructions about the project.
When you sign up for the project you will be able to choose from a list of 40 themes. You can select one for your book, or choose to have a theme randomly assigned to you. However, once you choose your theme you’re stuck with it – so please choose carefully. If you select the “random theme” button, the theme will be indicated on the sketchbook when you receive it (so please don’t email us about it prior to receiving your sketchbook in the mail). The themes are supposed to be a starting point, not a restriction, so remember to keep an open mind and consider the theme to be a guide.
After receiving the completed sketchbooks, the entire 2012 collection is exhibited on an international tour. Every completed sketchbook that we receive back in time will be included on the 2012 tour and cataloged and displayed in our permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library.
All dates and cities for the tour are subject to change.
For a $20 fee, we will digitize your sketchbook and upload it to our online Library website. This means that people will be able to view your entire book online, leave comments, and tag it with subjects, media and other attributes. Sorry, but we cannot accept your own scanned images for upload to the website. This is a long process and the $20.00 goes toward the costs of manually scanning each page, building and maintaining the online database, and hosting the website.
Don’t forget that your sketchbook is touring the country with us – we don’t want to be stuck in a car with your book if it’s covered in foul-smelling chemicals or constantly dispersing glitter! Please try to avoid the use of ties, sharp metal objects, random plastic things, art materials that could smudge, glitter, or any hazardous materials. Please note that although participants are welcome to rebind the books, the overall dimensions should not change and the width of the book should be not more than one inch across.
Follow your book as it journeys across the continent! As a participating artist, you’ll be able to receive e-mail or text message notifications each and every time your book is checked out and read! Follow your sketchbook from city to city and connect with other artists and visitors as they experience your work. We’re not responsible for dropped texts, e-mail notifications that get sorted to the junk folder, or the costs associated with receiving text messages. Please note that notification settings can be changed at any time by logging in to your account.
This is a massive, international project and there are many costs associated with its operation. Your entry fee isn’t paying for a sketchbook – you’re helping to offset material and shipping costs while supporting the Brooklyn Art Library. Your entry fee also helps cover expenses related to the maintenance of the website and digital library, supports our dedicated team of librarians, and allows thousands of sketchbooks to travel more than 20,000 miles. Phew! Unlike many galleries, we do not jury work. Everyone who sends us their completed sketchbooks postmarked by February 1st, 2012, will be included in the tour and our permanent collection.
We do not offer refunds for artists who do not finish a sketchbook, regardless of the reason for incompletion.
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Everybody likes to skip this part, but we recommend you don’t! We’ve kept it short and sweet:
“Design the Polish edition of your favorite book”
—Submission deadline: Friday May 20th
—Artwork: jpgs, about 600 px wide, sent to 50wattsContest[at]gmail[dot]com
—The submission fee is zero dollars, made payable to the Ghost of Jan Lenica
—Does the title need to be in Polish? That would be really fun, wouldn’t it? (But if you can’t quite master Google Translate or the accents, don’t worry about it!)
—Who is eligible?: Anyone in the entire universe, not just Poland.
—What do you mean by the “Polish edition”? I’m asking you to create a fake cover in the style of the Polish book designers featured in this post and elsewhere on 50 Watts. Do I have a preference for styles from 1920 to 1985? I do, but don’t let that “cramp your style.”
—What is your ulterior motive? Pierogi endorsement.
—How to describe the contest to your friends to get them to submit: 50 Watts is a website giving $400 for a book cover design.
For an extremely literal example of what I’m talking about (and this is also where I got the idea for the contest), the Spanish illustrator Javier Olivares created a fake Polish book cover for one of his whimsical side-projects. The cover on the left is a real Polish book cover (I featured it in this post) and the cover on the right is Javier’s fake cover. Javier kept the title/author of the Polish book, something I DON’T want you to do. For this contest, I hope contestants will look at all the many styles of Polish book design featured on 50 Watts, and design a cover for their favorite book (if I was participating, I would design a cover for my favorite book Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser) in one of those styles.
This post is also the last of a series on the incredible, I-can’t-believe-it-exists book 1000 Polish Book Covers. (The first post focused on the covers of Daniel Mroz, the second on 1970s-80s covers). Edited by husband-and-wife illustration/design team Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński of Hippopotam Studio, the book is a fat brick of inspiration (dimensions: 4-5/16″ x 6.5″ x 3″): 310 designers and illustrators, 1040 pages, 2.4 ounces, covering 100 years of Polish book cover illustration.
Here are some of my favorites.
(I actually featured this book before)
C A L L – F O R – E N T R I E S
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01 – the subject of the international competition contest is
hands on door handles
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the basics of door lever handle hardware
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last but not least, the handle set itself (as a door has two sides, a door requires two handles
– a left and a right version).
experimental projects are very welcome and considered appropriate if they match the few technical
requirements cited. in this case, a pragmatic design approach of ‘making do’ to verify the quality
of your door handle design through mock-ups or prototypes is very appreciated.
02 – awards
the designers of 3 winning entries will be granted with cash prize awards
of € 3000 euro each.
the jury will also award the best free-style entry with a minor award of € 1000 euro.
there is the opportunity for finalist / winning designs to be developed into real products
for the COLOMBO DESIGN design catalogue. in the event that COLOMBO DESIGN exercises the option
to use the rights for production on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations),
COLOMBO DESIGN undertakes to pay a royalty of annual sales to the designer.
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03 – jury
jury is in process of being selected
04 – design criteria
projects should not be currently in production,
previously published or exhibited projects are not accepted!
it is important that you keep your design(s) confidential until the results of
the competition are published.
the jury will award designs and concepts which are innovative in terms of their formal aspects.
please don’t send in vague concepts, but go a step further. it’s not the idea which is the art,
it’s more the way somebody handles the idea that makes art.
05 – registration deadline
application registration will be accepted through april 20th, 2011.
06 – registration
registrations are open now, please fill in the form.
teams register with one name only.
– when submitting works you should add all team member’s names.
07 – submit your entry / entries
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1. up to 3 files for uploading to designboom
images or a composition of more images) of your project.
please note: use only .gif, .jpeg, (72 dpi) max 100 kb each file, RGB color mode.
image size: 650 pixels width X max 800 pixels height.
to upload your images please note:
use only .gif, .jpeg, (72 dpi) max 150 kb each file, RGB color mode.
the entry submitted is a low-res version of your original work.
these original high-resolution image(s)
will be requested only if your work is shortlisted.
2. explanation of ideas
a brief description of your design.
(english text only, explanation is expected to be very concise)
3. you will be requested to accept the competition guidelines
competition guidelines: projects participating to the competition,
must be original works. projects must be free from copyrights
and any kind of obligation. the design shall not in any way infringe
any third party’s right, including but not limited to copyright, logos,
trademark, trade names, or other proprietary rights of publicity or
privacy. only entries with a declaration of authorship are accepted !
(when submitting your design you will be asked to tick a box of declaration)
08 – deadline for submission of entries
works can be submitted through april 26, 2011.
09 – announcement of the results
results will be announced on june 2011
the jury’s selection is final and is not debatable.
10 – intellectual property rights
any moral and paternity right regarding the project sent in for submission is the designer’s property.
by submitting a design in the competition, the participant agrees to provide
COLOMBO DESIGN with the right of first refusal to the exclusive use of
the design. this option is valid for 6 months after the competition will end.
in the event that COLOMBO DESIGN exercises the option to use the rights for production
on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations),
COLOMBO DESIGN undertakes to pay a royalty of annual sales to the designer.
by participating in the competition, all participants authorise DESIGNBOOM
and COLOMBO DESIGN to publish and exhibit all the designs (including project data submitted)
– waiving compensation – at exhibitions and events and/or to use them in any
publications or communications that the organisers may deem suitable and/or necessary.
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inquiries to email@example.com
make sure to write
hands on door handles in the subject line.
11 – info on COLOMBO DESIGN