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.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Two Options for our July Self-Promotion Workshop: In Person or Online

We have had a number of people from outside New York ask us to put our workshop online and thanks to a collaboration with Adobe Connect we’re able to offer this option for the first time.

If you’re in New York or are planning a trip to New York you can attend our workshop in person on July 26. But now if you’re outside the city or the United States you can attend our workshop, live and online. Same informative content. Same interactive program. All without leaving your studio.

Another benefit is that the session is being videotaped so you can review the workshop at any time.

We’re really excited about being able to offer our workshops online so whether you’re able to attend in our studio or in yours we’re able the share the benefits of our self-promotion workshop.

To save your seat register before July 18, seating is limited.

Friday, June 20, 2014

3x3 International Picture Book Show
Announces Winners

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

Taking Best of Show is Jeremy Holmes, USA and Gold goes to Marion Arbona, Canada and Yue Wang and Lindsey Yankey, USA.

Silver goes to Mattias Levy Adolfsson, Sweden; Phillip Janta, Germany; André Letria, Portugal with two awards and John Parra, USA.

Bronze goes to Marion Arbona with two awards, Canada; Sonja Danowski, Germany; Gwen Keraval, France; Scott Murphy, USA and Sebastiaan Van Doninck, Belgium.

Distinguished Merits go to Chichi Huang, Taiwan; Marta Monteiro, Portugal; Natalie Pudalov, Israel and John Parra, Katie KathIsabel Roxas and Kristen Rebelo, who has two awards, USA.


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. We will be announcing winners in Student Show winners shortly.

Cover illustration by Jeremy Holmes, Best of Show winner

Thursday, June 19, 2014

3x3 International ProShow Announces Winners


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

Taking Best of Show is Mark Smith, United Kingdom and Gold goes to Guy Billout, USA, Valeria Petrone, Italy and Brad Yeo, Canada.

Silver goes to Anna + Elena Balbusso, Italy; Nigel Buchanan, Australia; Matt Duffin, USA; Olaf Hajek, Germany and Bill Mayer, USA.

Bronze goes to Anna + Elena Balbusso, Italy; Emiliano Ponzi, Italy; Mark Smith, United Kingdom; Ken Tackett, USA; Jamie Wignall, United Kingdom; Michael Zavacky, Canada and Seo Gyoung Kim, USA.

Distinguished Merits go to Anna + Elena Balbusso, Italy; Danielle Ghigini, Italy; Brad Holland, Bill Mayer and Curt Merlo, USA and Miguel Montaner, Spain.

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. We will be announcing winners in both our Picture Book and Student Show winners shortly.

 Illustration by Mark Smith, Best of Show winner

Thursday, May 29, 2014

3x3 Summer Self-Promotion Workshop July 26

We’re once again offering a one-day self-promotion workshop. This new and improved workshop is broken into two sessions. Session One is devoted to the strategy of self-promotion, what and how we promote. Session Two is devoted to the tactics, where and when to promote.  We’ll also review your current materials and for those who take both sessions, we’ll give you a project for a new promotion piece and critique the results. A full explanation of what is covered in each session can be found on our registration page.

Our workshop is different than others as it comes from an art directors point-of-view. Using interactive exercises, we walk you through each step to a clearer understanding of what you should be communicating. The seating is limited so you receive more individual attention. And it’s affordable, $125 for each session or $210 if you take both.

So if you’re not getting the response you want when sending out postcards or email blasts this workshop can help. Research shows 80% of art buyers and art directors continue to respond to these traditional methods when hiring new illustrators.

Sign-up early as seating is limited. Registration closes on July 19.

Here are a few remarks from previous workshops:

“I thought the workshop was very informative, in regarding about the focus on ‘Self.’ I enjoyed learning about ourselves and each others. The discussion about different colors were very informative and fun. The printed email list was of great help, it was clear and direct, put us in the shoes of art directors.”

I feel as though the workshop was something that was pivotal in my becoming an established illustrator or graphic designer. I don't intend to go back to school and doubt I would have learned this information from any other way.

The workshop had a lot of information and showed me new ways to think about marketing.

Charles is easygoing, well spoken, and clearly an expert in his field. He makes the information accessible and the workshop participatory.

The workshop helped to bring into a focus a lot of things that had been vague about how I think about my work, and how to select who to market myself to. It also was very helpful in showing ways of doing that.

The workshop provided me with some new ways of looking at myself as an artist, forcing me to ‘define my work in simple terms.This was tough, but I think continuing to refine my definition will end up being incredibly valuable. I am looking forward to approaching clients with this new perspective in mind.

The afternoon workshops was my favorite part of the workshop. There was more specific examples and guidelines that was relevant for me and I appreciated how specific he got with what to send to where and how.

The workshop was supremely informative. I only wish I had all of this information years ago. The workshop would be a value at twice the price.

For more details or to purchase tickets through our Eventbrite page, click the button below.

3x3 Summer Workshop - Self-Promotion
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Brooklyn, NY

Session One: 9-12pm
Session Two: 1-4pm

Eventbrite - Summer Self-Promotion Workshop

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dinner with Franziska Walther

We’re always happy when a visiting illustrator accepts our invitation for lunch or dinner. This time it’s Hamburg-based illustrator/designer Franziska Walther.

We had last seen Franziska when she flew over for a three-day visit and a portfolio review. She has been a past winner in our picture book shows so it was nice to put a face with the work.

Architect-trained Franziska decided early on that she preferred the design portion of a project rather than the nuts-and-bolts of building a building. Asked why she choose that route we found out that both her parents are architects in Germany, that an the fact that she grew up in Weimar close to the Bauhaus it was only natural that design and art would be in her future.

Due to the divided Germany she, unlike other young people in her country, didn’t learn English in school. As she puts it, “I was in the middle I didn’t learn Russian or English, only French,” to solve that issue she migrated to New Zealand for a three-month stay to learn English followed by a train trip from Malaysia to Shanghai where she landed a job at an architectural design firm. It was there that she decided to change careers and after a year’s stay she took the Trans-Mongolian Railway to connect with the Trans-Siberian Railroad back to Europe and life as a graphic designer and illustrator.

Splitting her time between a lovely home on the outskirts of Hamburg and the equally peaceful Weimar she chooses to spend her time in quiet places broken up by hectic trips abroad. She is a new board member of the German illustration organization, Ilustratoren Organisation E.V. and will represent that group at the European Illustrators Forum later this year. Future plans include trips to Oslo, Vienna and next year back to Bologna and yes, a trip back to New York. Once back in Hamburg she’ll retreat to her studio alongside her two cats, Jpeg and Tiff, energized by her experience in the big-city.