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Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2017

Entries are now open for the 25th Red Dot Award: Communication Design. The competition offers agencies, designers and companies from all over the world a platform for evaluating their design and creative achievements.

From packaging and posters, corporate and brand design to advertising, online and spatial communication, the competition is divided 18 categories. Entries can be submitted as an original, a presentation chart, digitally or in cross-media form.

The dateline for registrations is May 14, with a late deadline of June 9, 2017.

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Paperboyo transforms famous landmarks using paper cutouts

As designers and artists working with digital technology, it’s easy to get caught into overusing technology and special effect. Actually, art and design is probably more about creative ideas, not about technique only. Obviously, good and creative ideas that are well executed are the best.

Rich McCor, a London-based paper cutting artist, had a simple yet brilliant idea: adding life to photos with paper cutouts that are just presented by hand, no Photoshop involved. The resuts: funny and expressive photos that you’ll love.

Paperboyo transforms famous landmarks using paper cutouts

Paperboyo transforms famous landmarks using paper cutouts

Paperboyo transforms famous landmarks using paper cutouts

Paperboyo transforms famous landmarks using paper cutouts

Paperboyo transforms famous landmarks using paper cutouts

Paperboyo transforms famous landmarks using paper cutouts

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Bluecadet Creates Interactive Exhibits for Royal Ontario Museum

Bluecadet created two interactive experiences for a recent exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum that highlight a world where the highly endangered species is no longer threatened by extinction.

The exhibit, Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, opened March 11 and documents the lives of nine blue whales who were trapped in ice off the coast of Newfoundland in 2014 whose unfortunate deaths provided researchers with a groundbreaking opportunity to study the mammals further. Bluecadet created interactive work for the exhibit which includes a video game, License to Krill, where visitors can dive and explore as a whale.

These nine whales represented small percentage of the overall remaining population of the endangered species and Bluecadet wanted the game to have a simple, fun, old school feel that would show users what it would feel like to strengthen the blue whales' chances of one day making it off of the endangered species list, while also making a memorable educational connection with museum visitors.

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Supafrank and Reed Words Create Striking Identity for London Flower School

Supafrank has created a striking identity for the London Flower School, with the help of Reed Words.

The school, now open in King's Cross, was founded by Helen Dyson, a teacher, and Wagner Kreusch - artist and former Head Tutor at the McQueens flower school. This combination of skills was the starting point for Supafrank's design. "We wanted it to be about creativity and education in equal measure," explained Katie Steel, Creative Director of Supafrank. "Our exploration led us to an aesthetic that we hope has the feeling of a strong educational institution with the rub of unrestrained creativity."

On the website, clean, geometrical backgrounds give delicate floral arrangements room to breathe. The personality all comes from the flowers. "We did a fantastic photoshoot at the National Theatre, with flowers set against the brutalist buildings," commented Helen Dyson, founder of the school. "The result is incredibly striking: you really feel the organic beauty of the plants."

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IIDA NY Lecture Series to Explore Virtual and Augmented Realities

On Monday, April 3rd, attendees at the New York Chapter of the International Interior Design Association's (IIDA NY) 19th annual "Pioneering Design" lecture series will get to engage in one of today's hot topics: virtual reality.

How does one have meaningful engagement with people through both virtual reality and augmented reality? Caitlin Burns, Producer and Vice Chair of the Producers' Guild of America, will explore how virtual realities are shaping the ways industries interact with people.

With over a decade working with companies such as Sony, Disney, Microsoft, and UNICEF to produce interactive experiences, Caitlin will lead a thought-provoking discussion around how new technological frontiers will impact design. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception prior to the discussion, as well as the opportunity to try out a 360VR Cinematic Experience demonstration, allowing them to envision the virtual practice first hand.

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