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2006 National Design Awards
New York NY: Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, recently announced the winners of the 2006 National Design Awards, a museum-run program. The urban planner Paolo Soleri earned this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, while Paola Antonelli, the architecture and design curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, took home the Design Mind Award, which honors visionary scholarship on design. The top honors for communication design goes this year to 2x4, a Manhattan-based graphics firm headed by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers and Georgianna Stout. Their clients include Vitra, Knoll Textiles, Prada, Target and the Guggenheim Las Vegas. Interactive designer Jake Barton and book designer Chip Kidd were finalists in the same category. All finalists and winners will be honored at a gala dinner on October 18.
Stardust Gets Game
Hollywood CA: "What's Your Game About," a web-only video on Nike's website, nikebasketball.com, stars a roster of NBA All Stars like Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd. But starring credits should also go to Stardust Studios, the creative production company that contributed original design elements and motion graphics to the piece — including, says Executive Creative Director Jake Banks, "some really elegant animation to visually take the project to another level." Banks collaborated with art directors Felipe Posada and Doug Purver, Animator Daniel Garcia and 3D Artist Cary Janks.
Developer Asks Hanson To Think Smart
New York NY: "Think Modern. Think Classic. New Design Paradigms." is a celebration of outside-the-box design thinking. Created by Graham Hanson Design and executed for real estate developer Macklowe Properties (MP) the exhibit showcases the Smart Car from Mercedes-Benz and Swatch. Harry Macklowe became fascinated by Smart Cars during a trip to Italy, and the exhibit, which is housed in MP's newly redesigned building at 340 Madison Avenue, has five of the vehicles displayed on floor-standing or ceiling-suspended platforms. Creative credits go to Graham Hanson, who curated the show along with Macklowe, as well as to the design firm's Pilar Freire, Dorothy Lin, Eileen Moore, Jonathan Posnett and Yuji Yamazaki. The exhibit was recently honored by the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.
Shocking Theme For Buena Vista Games
Newport Beach CA: Buena Vista Games (BVG), the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company, tapped Joven Orozco Design (JOD) to produce BVG's official collateral for the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The designers sought to unify BVG's broad range of gaming products and augment the company's industry position by employing a shocking theme: electricity and water. The combination of fluid graphics and electric colors create a coherent sensation in viewers. JOD is based in Newport Beach CA.
BBDO West Vs. Graffiti
San Francisco CA: Responding to a dramatic increase in graffiti vandalism, San Francisco's mayor, Gavin Newsom, recently steered nearly half a million dollars toward graffiti eradication efforts. BBDO West is pitching in with a pro-bono ad campaign supporting Newsom's plan. Three out-of-home pieces raise awareness of the problems caused by graffiti by encouraging viewers to imagine what their own homes would look like if it they were as vandalized as a city street. They also encourage participation in Graffiti Watch, a volunteer anti-Graffiti program. Creative credits go to Executive Creative Director Jim Lesser, Art Director Sakol Mongkolkasetarin, Photographer Curtis Myers and Copywriter Neil Levy.
New York NY: Country Music Television, a longtime client of the production house EyeballNYC, tapped its partner to create the identity for the TV network's newest offering, CMT Pure Country. CMT Pure Country specializes in traditional, authentic country music. To make that clear, and to differentiate Pure Country from CMT's other outlets, EyeballNYC appealed to images of Americana with values similar to the channel's own. Creative Director Limore Shur, Associated Creative Director Julian Bevan, Lead Designer/ Animator Carlo Vega and designers Danny Kamhaji, Seth Ricart and Cassidy Gearheart contributed.
Chen Choreographs Cohesive Catalog
Stanford CA: The client: Stanford Lively Arts (SLA), a music and dance performance space at Stanford University. The project: SLA's 2006-07 season catalog. The challenge: to attract the public to a highly diverse roster of events by delivering a powerful, artful and cohesive message. The result: "Bellisimo," says Josh Chen, principal of Chen Design Associates, which executed the project. Chen and Senior Designer Max Specter received a rich trove of more than 200 images, which they layered with texture and color in order to achieve what Specter describes as "a sense of an abstract narrative while accentuating the artistry of dancers' forms." Equally pleasing to Chen is the fact that the entire catalog is printed on 100% post-consumer, FSC-certified paper.
Art Meets Design
Encinitas CA: Award-winning: that's the only word to describe the collaboration between the Lux Art Institute and the brand design firm, MiresBall. The two organizations have repeatedly garnered awards in the American Association of Museums' Publications Design Competition, and this year is no different. First prizes went to The Case for Art, a poster depicting portable artworks from The Valise Project, Lux's educational program, and Lux Luminaries: The Church of the Nativity, a fundraising event invitation. A brochure entitled The Valise Project: A Portable Museum took a second prize. Lux Art Institute is located in Encinitas CA and MiresBall in San Diego.