Monday, September 15, 2014

Charles Hively and Sarah Munt to Speak
at Vienna Symposium

The organization designaustria has invited Charles and Sarah to be co-keynote speakers at the Joseph Binder Symposium on October 24, 2014 in Vienna.

designaustria is Austria’s premier contact point for design. Founded in 1927, designaustria is Europe’s third oldest design organization. Currently more than 1,300 members from various backgrounds are committing themselves to Austria as a design nation. The organization has accumulated comprehensive knowledge in the field and its international network is far reaching.

Members are either responsible for design, interested in design, teaching or studying design or design management: as CEOs, business executives, product and marketing managers, sales directors, brand managers, and creative directors, as teachers and students, as design lovers and promoters, as designers and design users we all play an important role in design.

designaustria first launched the Joseph Binder Award – an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration – in 1996. It is named after one of the most outstanding graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria between the two World Wars, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States. The 2014 award winners will be displayed at the Symposium.

On October 26 Sarah and Charles travel to London and will be speaking at several colleges, universities and art schools in the United Kingdom. Charles will be holding a portfolio review on the 31st and a self-promotion workshop on the 1st of November. Seating is limited, so sign-up early.

Friday, September 5, 2014

3x3 2014 Illustration Directory Wins Gold

We were just alerted that our 3x3 Illustration Directory was awarded a Gold Medal from the 2014 Gold Ink Awards—a printing industry awards competition. Our Directory’s printer, Allen Press entered our Directory into the competition.

As our contact at Allen Press, John Aamot relayed, “While these are printer awards, I know that the judges take the content into consideration and can be influenced by the overall content and design.  The directory is certainly an eye-catching piece and I am certain the decision was influenced by this.”

Winning pieces are featured in Printing Impressions magazine and Top award winning companies and their entries are also showcased during a multimedia presentation at the Gold Ink Awards & Hall of Fame Gala held during GRAPH EXPO 2014 in Chicago, IL.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

James Jean Tiger III Print
Available for Only 24-hours

“Tiger III” is a signed and numbered time-limited edition of giclée prints. It is available now and may be ordered for the next 24 hours only. The sale ends at 7:59am tomorrow, Wednesday the 20th. The edition will be limited by the number of prints sold during these 24 hours and never re-printed.

Price: $125
Image size: 24″ tall × 18″ wide
Paper size: 27 ¼″ tall × 20″ wide
Printed on archival 310 g/m² 100% cotton-rag paper with archival pigment-based ink
Torn edges
Embossed printer’s chop
Signed and numbered by James Jean
Released August 19th, 2014

This print will ship flat. Since the edition size and production of the print will be finalized after the sale is complete, please allow a little extra time for shipping. We estimate that orders will ship within 4 - 6 weeks of the sale, if not sooner.  Order here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Announcing the Nuts & Bolts Conference 2014

We’re preparing for our next 3x3 Nuts & Bolts Conference in October. While we usually hold the event in July this year we’ve opted for a much cooler month. And this year it’s a two-day event with the first day open to all illustrators at all levels while the second day is more apropos for those just getting out of school or those who have been out just a few years.

Day One is all about self-promotion from the point of view of an art director. The interactive workshop will help illustrators at all levels develop more effective promotions aimed at art directors.

This full-day workshop is a continuation of workshops we’ve held over the past several years and for the first time the workshop will also be available as a live, real-time webcast. So whether you can attend in person or online we’re offering you an affordable way to participate. We always receive excellent reviews on this workshop. Seating is limited so be sure to sign-up early for this.

Day Two brings back a number of our most well-received speakers including illustrators Paul Hoppe, Aaron Meshon, Laura Tallardy, Martin Wittfooth and Marcos Chin, in addition we have legal advice from Sheheryar Sadar and hear from our newest speakers, New York Times art director Alexandra Zsigmond and artist representative Louisa St Pierre, Bernstien & Andruilli. 

We’ll cover the areas of self-publishing, children’s books, licensing, galleries, artist reps, developing apps all from the perspective of working illustrators. And you’ll be able to ask questions of all our speakers before, during and after the event at our cocktail reception. See what past attendees have said about this intensive full-day lecture series.

Full details here.

Early Bird registration ends September 12, click here.

Nuts & Bolts Conference
October 17-18, 2014
Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York

Illustration by Tibor Kárpáti

Friday, July 25, 2014

Portraits of Creativity: Maira Kalman

If you haven't seen this new short documentary film by Gael Towey you should. Gael is the former creative director at Martha Stewart Living where she worked for the past twenty-some years. She has moved on to telling stories in an interesting and inspiring way in video. As Gael says, “Today I am endeavoring to translate those 20+ years of experience as a creative director and editor into moving video profiles, which capture the artist’s voice as he or she tells their story.”

Portraits in Creativity are short films Towey directs and produces that highlight artists and their creative process. Her most recent portrait is a wonderful profile of an author/illustrator living in New York, Maira Kalman. Philip Lehman is director of photography.

Other creatives in the series include Gabriela Kiss, jewelry designer, Alabama Chanin, fashion designer and Sheila Berger, painter and sculptor.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

3x3 Named One of 100 Classic Design Journals

We just received a copy of Steven Heller and Jason Godfrey’s new book, 100 Classic Graphic Design Journals. This is quite the honor when you realize how many great design journals you’re in the company with.

100 Classic Graphic Design Journals surveys a unique collection of the most influential magazines devoted to graphic design, advertising and typography. These journals together span over 100 years of the history of print design and chart the rise of graphic design from a necessary sideline to the printing industry to an autonomous creative profession.

Each magazine is generously illustrated with a large selection of spreads and covers. A descriptive text based, where possible, on interviews with editors, designers, and publishers is also included for each magazine alongside comprehensively researched bibliographic material. The magazines featured cover a range of industries and eras, from advertising (Publimondial, La Pubblicità Italiana), posters (Das Plakat, Affiche), and typography (Typografische Monatsblätter, Typographica), to Art Nouveau (Bradley, His Book), Modernist design (Neue Grafik, ULM) and Post-Modern and contemporary graphics (Emigre, It's Nice That). Some of these journals only lasted one year while others still exist. These 100 journals offer an invaluable resource to historians and students of graphic design, and a rich seam of visual research and inspiration for graphic designers.

We got two spots on the front cover, Number 9 by Ward Schumaker and Number 6 by Olaf Hajek and inside we have two pages and a wonderful blurb by Heller, “3x3's covers follow in the Graphis tradition of using a strong central illustration with no cover lines and accompanied only by a logo.”

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1780673363
Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.5 x 1 inches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

3X3 International Student Show Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 3x3 International Student Show. After careful deliberation our panel of judges have selected this year’s winners.

Taking Best of Show is Linus Curci Moore College of Art & Design and Gold goes to AJ Bae, Janice Ahn, Yoon Sun Lee and Zach EastburgArt Center College of Design.

Silver goes to Eitan EloaBezalel Academy of Arts & DesignLisk FengMaryland Institute College of ArtJori Van Der LindeEmily Carr University of Art & Design and Cyndi WaldronUtah Valley University.

Bronze goes to Marilyn Foehrenbach, Moore College of Art & DesignSeo Gyoung KimMaryland Institute College of ArtSophie PageRhode Island School of DesignLeonard PengMaryland Institute College of Art and Robbie PorterUnited Kingdom.

Distinguished Merits go to German HerreraLUCA School of ArtsAnnie WonSchool of Visual ArtsHudson ChristieOCAD UniversityJanet CroogPaier College of ArtMinah Kim, School of Visual ArtsRiikka Laakso, GermanyMelody Newcomb, School of Visual ArtsYufei Zhao, School of Visual ArtsKsenia Kozhevnikova, Capilano University and Han-Yuan Yu, Fashion Institute of Technology.

A complete list of winners is available online. And for the first time we have a new category of winners: Honorable Mentions must receive at least two judges’ votes to be accepted. Our medal and merit winners will be published in our print and digital editions of the 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 11 due out this Winter. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be exhibited online as well.

Congratulations to all our winners. And thank you to our judges who took time out of their busy days to judge the work.