Philly Photo Day – Oct 28

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) is designating October 28, 2010 as Philly Photo Day. They are asking anyone and everyone to take a picture in Philadelphia on this day and submit it electronically to PPAC.

Photographs can be taken with any device from a camera phone or a computer to a digital SLR or 8” x 10”. It can be the first photograph someone has ever taken or it can be taken by a seasoned photographer. Everyone is welcome to participate. PPAC hopes to receive hundreds if not thousands of images that will constitute a broad portrait of Philadelphia on that day.

On November 11, 2010, PPAC will open an exhibition of the submitted images in the Gray Area at the Crane Arts Building, where copies of all submitted images will be for sale at $10 and $20.

Guidelines for participating in Philly Photo Day:

1. Photographs must be made on October 28, 2010, between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm.
2. Each participant may only submit one image.
3. Photographs must be taken within Philadelphia city limits.
4. Any camera can be used but the image file must be digitally submitted.
5. Images must be submitted digitally at 3200 pixels x 2400 pixels (10.5” x 8” at 300 ppi).
Dimensions may vary due to camera format. Files must be submitted as a JPEG or TIFF, no other file format will be accepted. Files that are smaller will be re-sized to the above dimensions.
6. All images must be submitted by 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 31, 2010.
7. Digital files can be uploaded at Participants must accept agreement terms as detailed.

Philly Photo Day celebrates PPAC’s early success in strengthening the connection between Philadelphians and photography. Philly Photo Day is designed to give the largest number of people the opportunity to consider how they want to represent themselves and their city, and how they can do that through a single photograph.

Why Design Now @ Cooper-Hewitt

National Design Triennial Exhibition
@ Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

The Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. In this fourth exhibition in the series, the National Design Triennial explores the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of the design practice, from architecture and products to fashion, graphics, new media, and landscapes. Cooper-Hewitt curators Ellen Lupton, Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid, and Cynthia Smith present the experimental projects and emerging ideas for the period between 2006 and 2009.

On view now through Jan 9, 2011
New York City

AIGA Design Competition – Deadline Dec 10

AIGA BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Competition
Students are asked to create a design for a reusable canvas bag that speaks out about an important cause related to the theme of nutrition.

Proper nourishment is a basic human need. This need, so intrinsic to the health and happiness of every person, is central to many social issues. Hunger, obesity, eating disorders, organic food, and local farming are just a few related topics.

In the process of providing oneself with nutrition, a consumer makes many decisions not only about what to purchase, but also how to carry it home. Paper, plastic or reusable? Like a T-shirt or poster, a canvas bag can be a means of self-expression. This competition seeks to give students the opportunity to craft a message that brings attention to the general theme of nutrition using reusable canvas grocery bags as the vehicle.

Bag Dimensions: 14″ x 11″ x 5″
The REQUIRED bag to use as the base for your design is here. The bag can be manipulated in any way you wish. The design can be silk screened, iron-on, painted, or cut.

For more details and entry form: AIGA Philly Events
EXHIBITION: March 17 – March 31, 2011
CLOSING RECEPTION: Thursday March 31, 2011
WHERE: The Icebox Gallery at the Crane Arts Building

Instructor Andrea Levy Studies Design in Basel, Switzerland

I was awarded a Continuing Studies Enrichment Grant recently which allowed me to take a design class at the Basel School of Design in Basel, Switzerland this summer. The class I took was entitled Inquiry By Design and it was taught by Michael Renner, the head of the graphic design department.

The title of the course is what intrigued me the most. As it turned out, Michael meant the title to be mysterious and vague, asking us the first day what we thought the class was about. Everyone had a different idea. This is the description Michael had given us: “Most academic centers focus on research questions with a theoretical meth­odology. In contrast, the workshop, Inquiry by Design, introduces participants to the relevant issues of iconic research and design research in the areas of Visual Communication and Media Design.” The students were tasked with the assignment to come up with a design question about a specific theme: the theme being Time. We were then asked to research our theme by coming up with a series of images which we worked on throughout the week. Does this sound complicated? It was…but somehow, by the end of the class, it all made sense.

Here is how I approached the assignment. The question I posed within the theme of time was about my Grandfather, who is almost 90. I immediately thought of the loss of time, the idea of running out of time. I also began thinking about the changes that take place as we lose time. Michael allowed us free time to go and seek the images as to how we would represent this visually. At first, it felt forced, but after gathering some leaves around the school I realized how I could make it happen. I had a soft green leaf that was alive and a yellow leaf that was crisp and dead. They were from the same tree, just in different stages of their cycle in this world. I thought about the fact that there was always a color change when something aged. I went to the computer, scanned the leaves, and used Illustrator to translate the color change that happens during the process of aging, or the loss of time.

By the end of the class, I had something that was beautiful, meaningful, conceptual, and real. What was impor­tant was the thought process, not stressing how the image looked. The importance was what it meant. After that question was answered, we could then go about determining how well the idea was communicated. That lesson that I learned in the class definitely changed the way I approach a design, and how I will teach.

Micro Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti creates sharp work on a tiny scale. This artist designs impossibly detailed miniature sculptures on the tip of a pencil.

He uses simple tools like razor blades and needles to create delicate figures – from a tiny, jagged handsaw to a minibust of Elvis in shades. Several years ago, he decided to carve the entire alphabet, and created one letter a month until he was done. The entire work was on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art as part of its “Meticulous Masterpieces” show.

See more examples of his work here.

Dan Witz

Check out these hauntingly photorealistic paintings by Dan Witz. At a first glance these appear to be photographs, but close scrutiny reveals the idiosyncratic nature of the paintbrush in his work. The choice of a mosh pit as subject matter is an interesting one – something that we never get to see frozen in time. Next to his other work, mostly revolving around night scenes, portraits, and still lifes, these mosh pit paintings are totally unique and, let’s be honest, kick serious ass. Beautiful light is the through-thread in all of his work.

[via OK Great]

Links of Interest for Web Design Students

by: Christine Seabo

Students always appreciate a resource for general design inspiration, art resources and samples of work from classes they are considering. For my Adobe Photoshop for Web Design class next week, I have been researching samples of web button ads and leaderboards to share with the class to emphasize strong design principles in a small space. I created a small button ad to illustrate my point.

Designing for small spaces is a challenge in web ad design. Competition for attention and minimal space in a 125px button ad requires designers to keep it simple. Students in Photoshop for Web Design are learning how to create effective banner and button ads. Below is a leaderboard design for Rescue.

Some students need to learn about copyright laws and metadata in regards to stock images and whether they own designs they create. I discussed how to record metadata in Photoshop and several students were surprised to learn that they could be sued for swiping images off Google and using them on their own websites. I shared a link to which allows you to download images for free without copyright restrictions as long as you don’t resell the image. In speaking with another CE faculty member, he commented that he had taken a copyright law class and had encouraged his students to copyright their websites. I couldn’t agree more and include the following links to assist students in their web education.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) provides standard units of measure for web ads.The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.

Test your site in many browsers and platforms at
SitePoint features a range of resources designed to help you “Become a Better Web Designer.”Additionally, here are a few design resources students should be aware of:

PingMag: Japanese Packaging Design

PingMag sadly stopped running in late 2008, but fortunately, readers can still access their site for articles on design written by people living abroad in Japan. A seven part series on Japanese packaging design by Bianca Beuttel reveals to readers how designers in the East are not only making innovative designs, but also deeply considering cultural, environmental and practical concepts. As Japan has become one of the leaders in eco-friendly design, Beuttel focused a good portion of her series to how Japan is translating these ideas into their own packaging. Be sure to read #4: Go Eco! and #7: A How-to-reduce-packaging journal

Design Is History: Inspiration for Print Design Students

Design Is History began as a graduate project created to be a learning tool for young designers by designer, Dominic Flash. The project begins with an overview on the beginnings of communication between humans using symbols, and continues to highlight important designers and events in the history of graphic design. Not only does the site evolve with more topics on design, but each article leads its readers to other noteworthy sites and interesting recommended readings. Be sure to check out the design section of the site for quick inspiration on a variety of essential elements in design.

Exhibition and Reception, No Name Art Group @ B Square Gallery

Wine Label Design by Christina Hess

The Art of Giving Reception
(no name) Art Group Artists & Local Wineries

This year artists in the (no name) Art Group are creating artwork for wine labels, featuring UArts Continuing Education Instructor Christina Hess. They are offering the wine bottles (donated by local wineries) with the reproduced printed labels for a $25 donation to the non-profit charity Philabundance, a local charity serving low income residents at risk of hunger and malnutrition. Each $25 donation to the charity received is enough to provide over 75 meals for those in need.

Exhibition & Artist Reception
Saturday, November 6, 2010

B Square Gallery
614 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2028

Exhibition will be on display Nov 4 – 13