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January 18, 2017

#MermaidsHatePlastic

 

 

When photographer Benjamin Von Wong decided to take on plastic pollution as his latest viral project, he decided to go big. (As he does—he’s well known for his extravagant photo stunts.)

 

In a video for his new #MermaidsHatePlastic campaign, Von Wong says he was shocked to learn that a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose and wanted to share that fact in an interesting way. So he amassed 10,000 plastic bottles to create a canvas for a photo shoot.


January 18, 2017

2017 Applied Arts Creative Calendar

 

Colleen Zimmerman, Fine Arts

 

Last month, as a token of thanks for their ongoing support, Applied Arts subscribers received their complimentary copy of the 2017 Creative Calendar, featuring artwork selected by our sponsor, Centennial College. Each month highlights work from the college's pool of graduates in the fine arts and graphic design programs (see below for a preview).

 

If you haven't yet received a copy of the 2017 calendar, email assistant[at]appliedartsmag.com to request one! Limited quantities available.


January 17, 2017

RGD's Top Case Studies of 2016

 

 

Applied Arts recently helped to determine the best design case studies of 2016 for the RGD's annual round-up. Twenty-six cases were reviewed and our Judges' Pick went to Reich+Petch International for its accessible environmental design for the Deloitte Montreal office (above).

 

Check out the results here.

 

 


January 16, 2017

Extended Deadline for the Photography & Illustration Awards

 

"Where Time Has Stopped," Dana Dorobantu. Portrait Photography - Series, 2016

 

Good news—you now have until Friday, January 20 to enter the 2017 Applied Arts Awards in Photography or Illustration! Entering is easy and only takes a few minutes. If you win, the benefits are numerous:


January 11, 2017

Higher Learning

 

 

When post-secondary graduates enter the competitive creative job market, they’re expected to have not only their arts education behind them, but also a little je ne sais quoi—something that sets them apart. That much was clear in our conversations with top creative pros on what they expect of an intern (see the November issue of Applied Arts, on newsstands until end of February).

 

Determining exactly what that something is proves tricky. For some students, it means learning in areas outside their main focus of study. For others, it’s extracurriculars or personal work. For others still, it’s an attempt to have a combination of all of those things. And sometimes it seems that isn’t even enough. One successful designer recently told Applied Arts that he struggles with junior staff who are every bit as well-rounded as the pros expect them to be—but they’re still missing a deep understanding of process. Software, theory, even relevant experience—they have all that, but these juniors can’t communicate well with vendors because they don’t know how their designs actually get produced.

 

With so much ground to cover in a post-secondary creative arts education, incoming students are expected to know a lot of these basics. And those that don’t end up making their way through their diploma or degree without a tight grasp on what really should be a Design 101 course. So what’s a student to do?

 

Find out in the Features section.


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