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Last Chance to Take Your Shot at Young Guns 9

kitten_assassin.jpgYoung(ish) people of the world: only one week remains to enter Young Guns 12, the Art Directors Club‘s international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition 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. What’s so special about Young Guns? It recognizes an individual, and considers a body of work, not a single ad or design. Also, you get a really cool cube if you win. Young Guns 12 is open to ADC members and non-members worldwide (last year’s saw entrants from 38 countries). A jury of past ADC Young Guns will select the 50 winners. Thanks to a deadline extension, you have until midnight on Wednesday, April 30 to take your shot.

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Young Designers Take Aim at ADC Young Guns

The competition that spotted Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore, and Mike Mills when they were but wee design/art powerhouses-to-be is back. Behold Young Guns 12, the Art Directors Club‘s international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition 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. What’s so special about Young Guns? It recognizes an individual, and considers a body of work, not a single ad or design. Also, you get a really cool cube if you win. Young Guns 12 is open to ADC members and non-members worldwide. A jury of past ADC Young Guns will select the 50 winners. Ready to take your shot? The deadline for entries is April 7.

Shigeru Ban Wins Pritzker Prize

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“Firmness, commodity, and delight.” These are the three words—cribbed from Vitruvius, who considered “firmitas, utilitas, venustas” to be the fundamental principles of architecture—that appear on the Louis Sullivan-inspired bronze medallion that is awarded to each laureate of the Pritzker architecture prize. This year the coveted hardware goes to Shigeru Ban, who’ll receive it along with $100,000 at a ceremony at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on June 13.

Ban is the seventh Japanese architect to receive the prize, which has previously been awarded to Toyo Ito, Kenzo Tange, Fumihiko Maki, Tadao Ando, and SANAA’s Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. “Receiving this prize is a great honor, and with it, I must be careful,’ said Ban upon learning that he had been selected as the 2014 laureate. “I must continue to listen to the people I work for, in my private residential commissions and in my disaster relief work. I see this prize as encouragement for me to keep doing what I am doing—not to change what I am doing, but to grow.“ Ban’s latest stateside project, a new building for the Aspen Art Museum, will be unveiled this summer.

Last Chance to Enter Core77 Design Awards

Core77 is back with the fourth edition of its dazzlingly ambitious Design Awards program, with progressive categories (speculative, DIY, food design), professional and student entry fields, globally distributed juries, in-depth video testimonials, and live-webcast jury announcements. Among the international design luminaries tapped as jury captains are Marian Bantjes, Livework CEO Tennyson Pinheiro, and UnBeige editor emeritus Alissa Walker.

So what’s in it for you, provided that you submit your entry by the March 20 April 6 deadline? Fame and fortune, or at least the former: honorees will be published in the 2014 awards gallery, across the Core77 online network, and in the awards publication. Then there’s that swell trophy (pictured), created by Rich Brilliant Willing with an eye to the team-based nature of design. “In our discussions with Core77, we came to realize that an inherent pitfall of the iconic trophy is that it is shared by a group, yet not literally divisible among that group,” said the designers, who seized on the image and symbol of a mold. “Our solution for the Core77 Design Awards trophy has a functional value: winning teams can create ingots from the trophy, and provide these cast facsimiles to their collaborators, clients, and staff.”

Olafur Eliasson Visits MIT

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If Cambridge seems a little brighter today, it’s because Olafur Eliasson is in town. The artist will be at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through Friday to accept the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. In addition to collecting a check for $100,000, taking part in public programs, and attending a gala (hosted by the likes of diplomats from Denmark, Iceland and Germany; Agnes Gund; and Anne Hawley, director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), Eliasson is taking part in a residency that focuses on his art and social business enterprise Little Sun, a portable, solar powered lamp that he calls “a work of art that works in life.” He’ll be on campus to discuss sustainable development, community engagement, design, product engineering, and social entrepreneurship in developing economies, and, in a lecture today at 5:00 p.m., “Holding hands with the sun.”
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Your 2014 AIGA Medalists: Chip Kidd, Louise Fili, Bill Moggridge, and 21 More Design Stars

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Frederic Goudy had one, so did Philip Johnson and Robert Rauschenberg. The Eameses had two. Pentagram is awash in them. George Lois wears his to bed. We’re talking about AIGA Medals, the graphic design world’s highest honor. This year, the AIGA is celebrating its centennial by bestowing medals on 24 design visionaries that “together exemplify the legacy of visual communications and the impact of design”: Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka, Richard Danne, Alexander Isley, Charles S. Anderson, Michael Donovan and Nancye Green, Chip Kidd, Dana Arnett, Stephen Doyle, Michael Mabry, Kenneth Carbone and Leslie Smolan, Louise Fili, Abbott Miller, David Carson, Bob Greenberg, Bill Moggridge, Kyle Cooper, Sylvia Harris, Gael Towey, Michael Cronan, Cheryl Heller, and Ann Willoughby. They will be presented with their James Earle Fraser-designed medals on April 25 at the AIGA Centennial Gala in New York City.

Building Seagram Named Design Book of the Year by Designers & Books

building seagramSo many books, so little time. Designers & Books is there to help you keep up with the latest releases and burrow into the backlists for those life-changing titles that you may have missed. The site has looked back on 2013 and selected its first ever Design Book of the Year: Phyllis Lambert‘s Building Seagram (Yale University Press), a comprehensive personal and scholarly history of New York’s Seagram Building. The $1,500 honorarium will be split equally among the book’s author, editor, and designer.

Honorable mentions were awarded to The Houses of Louis Kahn (Yale University Press) and the splendid Ed Ruscha tribute volume Various Small Books (MIT Press).

Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary Is ‘Life-Enhancer of the Year’ in Wallpaper* Design Awards

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Wallpaper* kicks off the new year with a look back at the people, places, pieces, and phenomena that have raised the magazine’s pulse over the last 12 months. A jury including architect Thom Mayne, designer Ron Gilad, and art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac weighed in to select the winners of the 2014 Wallpaper* Design Awards, which are revealed in the pages of the February 2014 issue (and below). Among the fresh picks is ShaoLan Hsueh‘s Chineasy Illustrated Dictionary. The book, slated for publication in March from Thames & Hudson, is part of a larger, Kickstarter-assisted initiative to help people learn to read Chinese easily by recognizing characters through simple illustrations–the book’s are by Noma Bar. Read on for the full list of winners.
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Parrish Art Museum, Adidas by Tom Dixon Among Travel + Leisure Design Award Winners

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adidas tom dixonBefore planning your next trip, be sure to review the newly crowned winners of the Travel + Leisure Design Awards, which will be featured in the magazine’s February issue (on newsstands next Friday). The winners, announced today, range from a brilliant Nordic eatery and Tom Dixon‘s Adidas travel togs (at right) to the latest Ian Schrager-meets-Marriott project and an intimate Bhutanese getaway. Many of this year’s favorites will come as no surprise, including the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Parrish Art Museum and Jawbone’s travel-ready Mini Jambox. Meanwhile, 2013 T+L Design Champion Thomas J. Pritzker, executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels, joins past honorees such as Vitra chairman Rolf Fehlbaum, ubercollector Micky Wolfson, and Standardbearer André Balazs. Tasked with choosing “the best new examples of design” in 18 categories was a jury moderated by Chee Pearlman that included fashion designer Thom Browne, MoMA’s Kathy Halbreich, and interior designer Ilse Crawford. Keep reading for the full list of winners.
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Paul Chan, Charline von Heyl Among Artists Shortlisted for 2014 Hugo Boss Prize

hugobossprize.jpgFive artists have received a swell Christmas present [cut to photo of Richard Armstrong in a Santa suit]: a spot on the shortlist for the Hugo Boss Prize. Administered by the Guggenheim Foundation, the $100,000 prize is awarded every other year to an artist who has made an important contribution to contemporary art. Past winners include Danh Vo, Emily Jacir, Matthew Barney, and Pierre Huyghe. The finalists for the prize’s tenth incarnation are Paul Chan, Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl. The winner will be selected by a jury chaired by Guggenheim curator Nancy Spector and announced next fall. In addition to a cool tetrahedral trophy (pictured) that resembles the coveted Triforce from The Legend of Zelda, the winning artist also gets a show at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2015.

Our hunch? The momentum, if not the medium (painting—this prize tends to favor conceptual types), is on the side of von Heyl, who recently pulled off a powerful triple play of shows at New York’s Petzel gallery, Tate Liverpool, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She also happens to be the wife of Christopher Wool, whose retrospective fills the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through January 22.

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