Monday, October 30, 2017

Milton Glaser at Cooper Union:
The Design of Dissent

Milton Glaser, the renowned artist and designer, returns to his alma mater for a free, public discussion on “The Design of Dissent”. Following the conversation with designer Steven Heller, there will be a book signing of the 2017 updated version of Glaser’s The Design of Dissent (co-authored with Mirko Ilic), newly subtitled, Greed, Nationalism, Alternative Facts and the Resistance.

Milton Glaser cofounded the revolutionary Push Pin Studios, founded New York magazine with Clay Felker, established Milton Glaser, Inc., and teamed with Walter Bernard to form the publication design firm WBMG. He also designed the famous I♥NY campaign. Glaser’s artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is also a part of several permanent collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2009.

For 33 years Steven Heller was an art director at the New York Times, originally on the OpEd Page and for almost 30 of those years with the New York Times Book Review. Currently, he is co-chair of the School for Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President for New Programs and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve a space here. Please note first come, first seated; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

The Design of Dissent
Monday, November 13, 2017

The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rutu Modan Named Educator of the Year

Rumor has it that Rutu Modan conceived her first comic when she was five years old. She and a friend developed a story about a classmate whom they both didn’t particularly like. And so a career begins.

Rutu has always drawn pictures but she used them to illustrate a story, many times one that was happening around her. Today she prefers fiction but there’s always a bit of reality in her work as well.

There were very few comics when she was growing up save for a rare comic or two, and one book of Tintin. And comics, especially alternative comics, were unheard of in her native Israel. After compulsory military service where she stopped drawing, she discovered the works of Edward Gorey, graduated cum laude from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and immediately contributed comics to Israel’s leading newspapers.

She’ll tell you that leap wasn’t hard at all, since editors had never seen comics before they were game to give it a go. She just went to the editor, told him her idea for a comic strip and began to work. When she ran out of ideas she’d simply change the subject matter and continue on, it was fun and she was getting paid for it. She says “Sometimes it’s an advantage when there’s no tradition.”

She was also an editor for the Hebrew version of Mad magazine thanks to her Uncle being the publisher. She and her good friend Yimi Pinkus were responsible for 25% of the content—75% was furnished from the States. They were more interested in doing their alternative comics a la Raw magazine, but the people who liked Mad hated their work and those who appreciated their alternative style hated the Mad material—they were done after ten issues. What came out of that experience was the self-publishing collective, Actus Tragicus. After going to Angoulême with their first set of mini-comics the collective began producing one book a year.

In 1996, Rutu collaborated with Israeli author Etgar Keret on her first graphic novel, Nobody Said it Was Going to Be Fun which went on to become an Israeli bestseller. In 1997 she received the Young Artist of the Year award, in 1998 the Best Illustrated Children's Book award from the Youth Department of the Israel Museum.

She contributes to magazines and periodicals all over the world—her comics and illustrations have been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Le Monde to name a few. She has had two comics serialized in the the New York Times, published three books with Drawn & Quarterly as well as a children’s book for Toon Books.

Grace Bello, Publisher’s Weekly, says this, “Modan’s voice stands out, not only because there aren’t many Israeli comics artists—or many female comics artists—but also because she deals with complex issues of self, family, and culture.” What’s intriguing about Modan’s work is her ability to translate specific experiences into stories that feel universal. And Françoise Mouly, art director of the New Yorker and founder of kid’s comics publisher Toon Books adds “You get a sense of the ambivalence of a contemporary person in Israel.... She’s an Israeli artist accepting conflicting feelings that have more questions than answers. She uses ligne claire—the clear line—to deal with storylines that are murky and ambiguous, which lends power to her work.”

In addition to her projects, she drives from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem once a week to teach comics and illustration at her alma mater. She’s been teaching for the past twenty-three years, starting two years after graduation, and she loves it. As she puts it after receiving notice as our Illustrator/Educator of the Year, “I especially like the fact I can finally talk about my experience as a teacher—it’s rare that I’m being asked about it and it is such a big part of my professional life”.

We are pleased to name Rutu Modan our 2017 Illustrator/Educator of the Year. You’ll be able to find out more about Rutu in our upcoming annual.

Photo by Ephrat Beloosesky

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Steven Heller

“How Steven Heller Redefined the Design Industry”
SVA’s Steven Heller has helped launch dozens of high-profile design careers. To his protégés, he seems like the ultimate insider — but he didn’t start out that way. So begins one of the best profiles of Steven Heller ever. Written by Mariam Aldhahi, the long-form interview explores what makes Steven tick and why he considers himself an imposter.

A fantastic read! You'll find it on Magenta.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Annual 14 Ready for Pre-Order

We’re busy working on this year’s Annual; you can follow the progress on our Instagram feed. Available in print, eBook and as a pdf—you’ll want to order the print edition now.

To order just go to our website and reserve your copy.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 14
ISBN: 978-1-946750-03-7
6.5 x 9.25-inches (16.51 x 23.495-cm)
400+ pages
$35.00, print (plus shipping & handling)
$17.99, Pdf or eBook

Scheduled for delivery in mid-December

Cover illustration by Ahn Na Lim

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pictoplasma Contest for Young Artists

Pictoplasma has teamed up with Adobe Project 1324 to invite all global youth (aged 18—24) to express their personalities in an artistically ‘characterized' self portrait.

Starting with a regular photograph like a headshot or profile picture and overlaying it with a graphical rendition of their true identity, entrants are invited to express their personality with a self-portrait that lets their inner character shine!

Five winners will be awarded with a full-blown Character Design Fellowship, including travel costs and participation at the Pictoplasma Academy masterclass in Mexico City October 2017, six-months of online mentoring, and attendance at the Pictoplasma Berlin Conference May 2018—including the opportunity to exhibit in an exclusive group show.

Any medium or tool may be used, from drawing, collage or digital painting, vector illustration, 3D graphics, masks, costume design or a mix of them all…

The Face-Off Challenge is open now, deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017. Additionally, the first 100 submissions are eligible to win one of ten year-long Creative Cloud subscriptions, donated by Adobe.

Deadline: August 15

Clockwise from top left:
Guillaume Kashima, Amandine Urruty, Jon Burgerman, Nadine Redlich

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

3x3 Picture Books Show Winners Announced

After two weeks of judging our distinguished panel of art directors, creative directors, editors and illustrators have made their selections. To get into the show an entry must receive a majority of judge’s votes, medalists are determined using an algorithm based on the judge’s preferences. Honorable mentions must have at least three judge’s votes.

We’re excited to say that our medalists and merit winners represent sixteen countries this year.

Gold medals go to Sally Han, Australia; Ofra Amit, Israel; João Concha, Portugal and Owen Davey, United Kingdom.

Our Silver medal winners include Pei-Yu Chang, Germany; Yael Albert, Israel, Paolo d'Altan, Italy and Shu-Man Wang, Taiwan.

Bronze medalists are Angela Keoghan, New Zealand; Gerry Turley, United Kingdom and James Yang, United States.

Distinguished Merits were awarded to Catalina Silva Guzmán, Chile; Valeria Petrone with two awards, Italy and Chi He, United Kingdom.

To see a complete list of winners go to our website.

Congratulations to our winners and we wish to thank our judges for their time completing the judging process.

This year’s ProShow judges include Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books, United States; Sophie Stericker, Creative Director, Hachette Children’s Books, United Kingdom; Louise Bolongaro, Head of Picture, Nosy Crow, United Kingdom and illustrators Orit Bergman, Israel and Andrea D’Aquino, United States.

Clockwise from top left: Ofra Amit, João Concha, Sally Han and Owen Davey

3x3 ProShow Winners Announced

After two rounds of judging our distinguished panel of art directors, creative directors, graphic designers and illustrators have made their selections. To get into the show an entry must receive a majority of judge's votes, medalists are determined using an algorithm based on the judge's preferences. Honorable mentions must have at least three judge's votes.

It is always interesting to see what our judges favor, and it seems they were looking for something new this year with a lot of new faces being represented. All judging was done digitally, the judges only saw a entry number with the image and were not aware of who the artist was.

And as always our show differs from most other shows in that our winners represent a number of countries outside the United States. Our medalists and merits represent thirty-six countries.

Our top winners represent twelve countries with our Best of Show going to IC4Design in Japan; Gold medals went to Katarzyna Bogdanska, Poland; Rod Hunt, United Kingdom; Elisa Talentino, Italy and Manuja Waldia, United States.

Silver medal winners include Patrick Doyon, Canada; James Gilleard, United Kingdom; Jianrong Lin, United States; Enzo Lo Re, Italy and Ileana Soon, United States.

Bronze medals went to Melinda Beck, United States; Siyu Cao, China; Menelaos Kouroudis, GreeceRyan Garcia, Canada; Emiliano Ponzi, Italy and Jhao-Yu Shih, Taiwan.

Our Distinguished Merits included illustrators from United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Ireland, Israel and the United States.

It was wonderful to see so many more entries in the Animation category this year and it appears our judges loved what they saw.

To see a complete list of winners go to our website.

Congratulations to our winners and we wish to thank our judges for their time completing the judging process.

This year's ProShow judges include Sam Arthur, Nobrow, United Kingdom; Julia Rothman, Illustrator, United States; Creative Director Jonathan Kenyon, United States; Dieter Braun, Illustrator, Germany; Art Director Orlie Kraus, United States; Graphic Designer Daniela Silva, United Kingdom and Creative Director Ivylise Simones, United States. Thanks also to Rod Hunt who was a great help as our show chair.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

3x3 International Illustration Student Show Winners Announced

We’re pleased to announce this year’s 3x3 Student Show winners.

The judges selected our winners from nearly 1,000 entries from 112 schools in 18 countries. After all the votes were tallied the judges awarded a Best of Show award, four Gold medals, four Silver, seven Bronze medals and nine Distinguished Merits in addition to fifty-two merit awards. Ninety-three Honorable Mentions were also announced.

Congratulations to Chenfu Hsing, Toyo Institute of Art and Design, Shinjuku, Japan, our Best of Show winner.

Max Loeffler, Hochschule Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, Xin Ren, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom,  Katherine Lam, Ringling College of Art and Design and Enzo Lo Re, Brera Academy, Milan, Italy were our Gold medal winners. A complete list of this year’s winners are online.

Our judges were asked to vote an entry either In or Out, a majority of the judges votes were needed to be accepted into the show and a combination of total votes plus judge’s favorites determined each of our medal winners.

There were a great many entries that fell just shy of being accepted into the show and there were very few where the entry didn’t receive at least one or more judge’s votes.

Winners will be published in our print and digital editions due out later this year. They’ll also be exhibited online. A complimentary digital edition is being sent to leading art directors along with contact information for each illustrator.

Thank you to our judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to complete the judging process. And a heartfelt thank you to our Show Chair, Rod Hunt for all his help with the Show.

We’ll be announcing winners for our other two shows in the coming days.

Pictured starting from the top left clockwise, Chenfu Hsing, Max Loeffler, Katherine Lam, Enzo Lo Re and Xin Ren.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Julia Rothman Moderates AIGA Panel
on Interactive Children's Books

AIGA New York is having a panel discussion about illustator Lotta Nieminen's new book for Phaidon.

Lotta Nieminen's work spans a variety of mediums: from graphic design and branding to illustration and product. For her first publication with Phaidon, she designed and illustrated a series of interactive children's books that present young readers with a visual introduction to recipes and cooking. In a panel discussion with her publishing team, she will discuss the process and inspiration for this unique collaboration as well as introduce Pizza!, the second release in the Cook In A Book series.

Lotta Nieminen, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Art Director
Cecily Kaiser, Publishing Director, Children's Books at Phaidon
Meagan Bennett, Art Director, Children's Books at Phaidon

Julia Rothman, Illustrator

Lotta Nieminen: Cook In A Book
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
55 Prospect Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

6:30-7:00PM Doors open & check-in
7:00-8:30PM Panel discussion
8:30-9:00PM Book signing & reception

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Meet Our Remaining Judges

This rounds out the judges for our 3x3 International Illustration Awards Show No. 14. We’re pleased to have illustrators Orit Bergman and Andrea D’Aquino on our Picture Book Show panel and adding Julia Rothman and Dieter Braun for the Professional Show.

Since a child Orit has always done two things: drawn or painted and told stories. She studied visual communication at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, where she is now head of the Illustration Department. Bezalel was the only academic institution in Israel that offered a degree in visual communication; it was there that she realized her passion for illustration. “I  like to tell stories with the illustration. This is what I am doing, and it is what I am. Illustration is not my profession, it is my vocation—a way of living, a large part of my identity.” But since the Israeli market is quite small and there is such a high concentration of good illustrators she has had to work in a variety of areas. This led her to write and illustrate ten books and illustrate a dozen more, develop plays and the backdrops and props for them. Her environment has an influence on her work, “I’m inspired by the nature around me, the changing of the seasons, and the endless variety of shapes it takes. I also draw inspiration from my frequent train rides, where I can’t help but overhear many stories (people in Israel talk loudly on their cell phones), and where I have time to daydream.”

Andrea doesn’t like labels, while she’s been an ad agency art director, graphic designer, illustrator and writer, she prefers the label “creative”. While working as an art director had it’s perks: “I designed ads for Giorgio Armani, did shoots with Kate Moss, been on film sets with great cinematographers for TV spots that I’ve written, and collaborated with some of the best illustrators and photographers around. But somehow, as wonderful as all that is, I still found myself somewhat creatively unsatisfied.”  So she spent several summers in Italy, France and Spain and somewhere along the way she rediscovered her own creative nature and how to express it not for a client, but for herself. Drawing has always been a part of who she is, influenced by all matter of images from medieval to contemporary art, “I love medieval art for its magical story-telling quality, as well as Persian art. Inventive and unexpected uses of color is usually at the heart of what I like most.” She’ll admit, “Some of the best things I’ve made are mistakes, however this does not imply sitting and waiting is any kind of effective choice. I think all art is work, it takes effort and doing things over or just organizing and experimenting without a clear cut goal or without seeing pleasing results.”

Julia is a native New Yorker, her Hello NY: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs was praised by the New York Times, New York Daily News and on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. She has also created illustrations and pattern designs for newspapers, magazines, wallpaper, dishware, bedding, books, billboards and subway posters. And if that weren’t enough she has authored and illustrated nine books. When asked about advice for young illustrators, “I always hear illustrators talking about how worried they are now since ‘print is dead’.  But I think it’s important to think about the wide range of applications for illustration—everything from toys to textiles, to packaging and advertising. There’s plenty of work for illustrators.” About her own work,“ Often I look back at something I made and have regrets about doing a better job. The mistakes stand out like they’ve been circled in red.” A little known fact about Julie, back in high school and during summers in college she worked for a DJ as a ‘party motivator’, “I would go to fancy parties and lead the line dances or try to get people to dance. Nowadays I would never have the guts to get up and dance in front of crowds of strangers—well maybe after a few drinks.”

Dieter loves animals especially following an African safari he and his wife went on. Growing up in the city of Dinslaken in the North Rhine-Westphalia area his parents were supportive of his interest in art and gave him a set of oil paints and an easel when he was ten years old. Though he felt he was a bit too young, he did try his hand at painting, “At first (they were) quite amateurish, but in time my paintings became better. And eventually I realized that I wanted to do it professionally.” He studied communication design at Folkwangschule in Essen and after trying different forms of design he gravitated towards illustration, “During my studies, I accepted my first assignments as an illustrator for small agencies in the Ruhr area, and I thus financed my life in Essen.” Today he works in Hamburg and sees himself as a classic applied illustrator though he has expanded into gallery work and as an author. Asked about the industry, “We are bombarded all day with photos, both with great, artistic, as well as with everyday mobile phone photos. It is perhaps easier nowadays to use the illustration to find their own special language.” His latest book Die Welt Der Wilden Tiere, is an illustrated book of wild life.

Clockwise from top left, Orit Bergman, Andrea D'Aquino, Julia Rothman, Dieter Braun

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Meet Our Judges: Daniela Silva, Designer
Granta Publications

Daniela is one of the few designers that I know of with a masters degree, graduating from DUOC UC in Chile, she gained her degree in Editorial Design from Central St. Martins in London.

She has been a freelance graphic designer since 2005 working for Prahlad Bubbar, I.B. Tauris Publishers, Phaidon Press and since 2011, at Granta Publications. She’s responsible for commissioning art, photography and illustration for the magazine as well as designing book covers for both Granta and Portobello Books.

Daniela is also the co-founder of Fotoautomat, an international photography magazine dedicated to the work of emerging photographers.

Daniela joins our 3x3 Professional Show jury along with Sam Arthur, Jonathan Kenyon, Orlie Kraus, Ivylise Simones, Julia Rothman and Dieter Braun.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Meet Our 3x3 Student Show Judges

Our 3x3 International Student Show is a bit different, we ask a leading art director to join our jury. Joining Johan Holm, founder and art director of Me and My Magazines, are illustrators André da LobaGina Triplett, Michael Byers and Genevieve Gauckler.

André prefers to be known not as an illustrator but rather as an inventor. His studio is much more like a laboratory. Cardboard, wood, paints, found objects are all waiting to be explored and united in arresting ways. Whether for an animation, children’s book or editorial. Asked about his process, “The personal and professional get mixed up. Not a good thing … but there are so many things I want to try that stopping is not an option.”

Gina always knew she wanted to illustrate. Her early experiences in a high school for the arts exposed to options and influences that created the path. Children’s books also became an obsession at an early age. That, and her dad was a painter, “My mom likes to tell the story of my makeshift diaper changing table that she had made out of one of my father’s paintings that she didn't particularly like. It contained the color of yellow ochre that she hated with a passion. Strangely, yellow ochre turns up in almost all of my artwork. Go figure.” Gina divides her time between commissions and gallery work where she collaborates with her husband Matt Curtius.

Michael is a witty guy who believes that life doesn’t have to be so complicated and taken so seriously. He says, “I try to find the humorous side of the piece. I realize that I’ve done a few pieces that are a little more serious but I try to make even heavy topics a little lighter. There’s enough negativity in the world these days.” And he’s always been a drawer, “I remember drawing a lot when I was a kid. The first type of project I can ever remember making was little catalogs of WWF wrestlers that I really liked. I was very much into wrestling at the time.” Today he makes a drawing a day whether its for an assignment or just for fun, “I draw one thing everyday. That is to say that I make sure I am drawing something whether it’s a piece i’ll take to final or just a little doodle on a scrap piece of paper.”

Genevieve is a French artist, illustrator and art director who is best known for her ever-evolving procession of lovable characters and technicolor digital mashes. When asked about her formative influences, she sites an early childhood fascination with the colorful packaging of her favorite breakfast cereals and the title sequence of her favorite TV series, Flipper. She spends as much time as available traveling around the world, giving lectures, exhibiting work and obsessively taking photos for her ever expanding collages. “My favorite places are Japan and India but I also love spending time in the French countryside with my dog, Kawa, and of course my laptop.”

Clockwise from top left, André da Loba, Gina Triplett, Michael Byers, Genevieve Gauckler

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet Our Judges: Sophie Stericker
Creative Director, Hachette Children’s Books

Sophie Stericker has spent her entire career in children’s publishing. A graduate of University of the Arts London’s Camberwell College of Art and Design, Sophie has put her graphic design skills to work for a variety of publishers. She has worked as an art director and then Creative and New Product Development Director for HarperCollins Children’s Books, and as an art director at Egmont Publishing and Orchard Books prior to joining Hachette as Creative Director.

Hachette UK merged its three children’s businesses—Hachette Children’s Books, Orion Children’s Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers—into one division in 2014. Stericker is responsible for the creative strategy of all aspects of Hachette’s Children’s Group’s publishing and will represent art and design on the HGC board.

On working with image-makers Sophie says, “I have commissioned over a thousand artists and photographers during my career and never cease to be amazed by the quality and skill of our many talented image makers.”

Sophie joins Melissa Manlove, Louise Bolongaro, Orit Berman and Andrea D'Aquino on our 3x3 Picture Book Show jury.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Meet Our Judges: Ivylise Simones
Creative Director, Mother Jones

When you look at Ivylise’s bio you’re struck with the straight-to-the-top journey she’s had.  A University of Miami graduate she spent the first year and four months working as an associate art director at the Miami New Times. Fast forward to a move to New York where she was first an art director at the Village Voice for a couple of years, then to the freelance trails working for People, Showtime Networks and Popular Science ending up as the Design Director for The New York Observer then two years at Harris Publications before the move to California where she worked as AD on Sactown magazine before being recruited by Mother Jones in 2013 as their new Creative Director.

Today she oversees creative operations for the investigative news outlet's bimonthly print magazine and 24/7 website in San Francisco.

Simones has also applied her design and photography finesse to Showtime, Popular Science and American Photo, and in 2010 she helped to launch People magazine’s iPad application. Contributing photography and photo illustrations is also second nature for Ivylise.

Asked what kind of story lends itself to illustration, she replied, “Stories where the main characters aren’t visually recognizable. Complex stories that can lead to beautiful conceptual ideas. Stories that just need a visual boost!” And she loves working with illustrators,“Back when I was the art director over at the Village Voice and The New York Observer, working with illustrators was pretty much half of what I had to do on a weekly basis. In those weeks, there could be up to seven illustrations in one issue!”

Ivylise joins Sam Arthur, Julia Rothman, Jonathan Kenyon, Dieter Braun, Orlie Kraus and Daniela Silva in judging this year’s professional show.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Meet Our Judges:
Orlie Kraus, Art Director, The Wall St Journal

Orlie Kraus is an art director of the Wall Street Journal Reports. A graduate in communication design from Pratt, Orlie began her career at the WSJ as part of the redesign team that introduced illustration and later on photography.
She’ll tell you that creating striking and intelligent visuals that engage readers is a critical part of her work.

She also leads a small group of graphic designers who create dynamic infographics for both the print and digital editions.

Just Google her and you’ll see loads of “thank you’s” from some of the best illustrators working today. Name after name shows their appreciation for Orlie’s delicate touch and her devotion to championing their work. And that unity of purpose has lead to a number of awards for art direction, and for her illustrators. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Design, Society of News Design, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and 3x3.

Orlie joins Sam Arthur, Julia Rothman, Jonathan Kenyon, Dieter Braun, Ivylise Simones and Daniela Silva in judging this year’s professional show.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Meet Our Judges: Jonathan Kenyon,
Creative Director, Vault49

The story about how Vault49 came about is an interesting one. Founded by two school chums at the London College of Printing, their first claim to fame was through flypostering. What started out as a street art collective producing 1,000 handprinted screen prints each week has grown into a studio focussed on branding, advertising, packaging, illustration, live art, events and interior design.

As Jonathan describes the beginnings, “We saw a derelict building in London’s East End and took the opportunity to cover it’s façade entirely in our work. It turns out that the abandoned building was in fact not derelict and was actually the HQ of Dazed and Confused magazine, and they had to cut their way into their office the next morning. The editors of Dazed managed to track us down and, instead of being pissed off, they told us that they loved what we’d done and they offered us a six month exhibition in their gallery plus three features in the magazine too.” They followed that up with like-minded displays on the offices of WGSN and Creative Review all of whom featured their work which then lead to commercial commissions.

Jonathan interest in illustration begin with drawing competitions between himself and his brother to see who could most accurately draw his mother’s collection of antique dolls. Ask him is love, and the answer is screen-printing. Design is his hobby, not just a profession, “I find it relaxing to be creating work that is not on a deadline.” The screen studio is an active part of today’s office in midtown Manhattan, “It’s the first place I turn to if I’m feeling burned out and just want to have some fun.”

The move to New York from London in 2004 was a humbling one. What started out as a one-bedroom operation has grown into a diverse studio divided among design, strategy, motion and accounts.

Today finding the balance between commercial opportunities, creative rewards and personal fulfillment is the challenge, “It’s a constant balancing act and the challenge isn’t that much different from the days when we were two people to the 30 we are today. The consequences of getting it wrong are just greater and the responsibility of making this work for more people needs constant attention.”“Our clients see us as a breath of fresh air – or their `special forces’ as we’ve been called a few times. We work hard to retain what made us unique at the start.”

His day-to-day duties? “I’m like a bumblebee! Flying around from plant to plant within Vault49 helping ideas cross-pollinate so our studio can make sweet creative honey… and money, so I make sure that the hive is looked after.”

Asked about his views of today’s illustration he replies, “On the downside, there is too much repetition and imitation in the world of design and illustration. However, the positive result of this is a return to fine craftsmanship and a focus on natural talent instead of copycat art, for this is now the only way to stand out from the crowd.”

Jonathan is on our professional show jury.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
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Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meet Our Judges: Johan Holm, Art Director
Me and My Magazines

Johan Holm loves magazines. While attending BrobyGrafiska in Sunne, Sweden, he started an internship at Café magazine, and a blog entitled Me and My Magazine, both in 2008.

Café was a magazine he had subscribed to for ten years with the goal of one day working there; on the blog he wrote about his days at Café and his thoughts about newspapers and magazine covers. What started as mostly text soon evolved into strictly examples of cover designs and continues today.

After graduation he worked as an art director at the fast-paced A Perfect Guide, a weekly magazine distributed through the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet with a circulation of 100,000 copies. He also got to design some of the newspaper’s customer’s magazines which lead to a position at Bonniers Icon magazine in 2012, ending in 2015.

Now he concentrates on art directing custom publications including c/oHops, a magazine devoted to the fantastic world of beer that’s published five times a year in Sweden. Asked about his goals he replied, “My goal is to be able to work on many projects and thus met many new, exciting and inspiring people and hopefuly make emotion-provoking publications together.”

Johan is sole-art director judging the 3x3 Student Show. Each year we invite an art director to help judge the student work we receive from around the globe. He joins a list of distinguished illustrators that make up our jury including André da Loba, Gina Triplett, Michael Byers and Genevieve Gauckler.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
Call for Entries poster

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Meet Our Judges:
Melissa Manlove, Chronicle Books

Melissa Manlike loves, loves children’s books. With a background study of the Classics in college it wasn’t the most direct route to editing. But a job at The Storyteller bookstore changed everything. She loved it there so much that she stayed three years. By happenstance one of her customers was an editor at Chronicle Books who told her about the internship program at Chronicle. She applied and six months later was hired as an editorial assistant—that was twelve years ago.

Her acquisitions tend to be all ages in nonfiction. Asked about submissions, she offered that she receives ten manuscripts a week to review, but the overall interest numbers in the thousands each month. Her job keeps her busy but just recently she was a keynote speaker, a breakout session speaker, member of the manuscript critique faculty,and an illustration contest judge for the Los Angeles SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Day. And she still spends a few hours a week at the bookstore.

Asked about the future in children’s books she said, “The demand that created the higher-than-average demand for YA books is over, the number of children will be more evenly spread over all age groups.” What’s missing in children’s books? Scary stories/horror is Melissa’s reply.

She enjoys the process of producing children’s books and strives to involve the author, illustrator, designer and production manager at all levels, a team approach, “I truly want each member to be pleased with the result of our work.” she says. Many an illustrator and author see her as their dream editor. A long way from the days when she and her sister would go camping with their dad and read Shakespeare around the campfire.

Melissa is on our jury for the 3x3 Picture Book Show.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
Call for Entries poster

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Illustrated Magazine on Film Debuts

A mutual love for movies paired with the desire to see more creative editorial expression, spurred these two friends, Gabriel Solomons and Phil Wrigglesworth, to create Beneficial Shock!, inspired by—and dedicated to—unconventional cinematic adventures.

Beneficial Shock! is a new bi-annual magazine for film lovers and design enthusiasts with accompanying screen-based motion features that will champion progressive thinking from contemporary illustrators, graphic designers and photographers. Rather than your standard film magazine full of reviews, celebrity news and press images, Beneficial Shock! aims to use illustration, visual documentation and design.

Each thematic issue will explore a chosen topic looking at its relationship to film in surprising and often unconventional ways.

Support their efforts on Kickstarter, ends in 19 days.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Meet Our Judges: Sam Arthur, Nobrow

Nobrow burst on the scene in late 2008 as the joint creative endeavor of two friends and ex-St Martin’s alumni: Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro.

As an independent publisher Nobrow has built a solid reputation as a purveyor of beautifully produced image-based books working with some of the best international artists, storytellers, and designers around.

As the founders stress, “We have striven both to bring fresh, young talent to wider audiences, as well as to remind the world of the great talents that have been producing stunning work for many years. We have played with concepts, narratives, genres, formats, printing methods, production processes and design in ways that have come to redefine the standards of quality in visual publishing the world over.”

In 2013 Nobrow launched a new imprint, Flying Eye Books, to publish books aimed specifically at children, 3 to 11. They currently publish around 35 new titles per year which are distributed all over the world. Their books include award-winning titles as well as critically acclaimed publications that define the picture book and art-comic genres.

Our judge, Sam Arthur, studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins and went on to direct commercials, music videos and short films before setting up Nobrow. Sam is also co-founder and Director of the East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF) now in its 6th year. Sam sits on the board of directors of the Association of Illustrators an independent professional body representing the interests of illustrators all over the world.

3x3 International Illustration Awards No.14 open for entries
Three shows: Professional, Picture Book and Student, open to all illustrators in all countries
Call for Entries poster

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Christoph Niemann Documentary on Netflix

Just discovered a new series on design, Abstract: The Art of Design, this weekend. Great series of eight designers, architects and the illustrator par-excellence, Christoph Niemann.

A wonderful look inside Christoph’s studio and around Berlin and New York—well-done cinematography and interview. If you saw him at Parson’s last year then you’ll really love this added treat.

The series is the brain-child of Scott Dadich, former design director at Wired. So if you’re a Netflix subscriber check it out.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

3x3 International Illustration Awards Show
Call for Entries Now Open

We’re now accepting entries in all three of our shows: professional, picture book and student. Our Show Chair, Rod Hunt, is busy wrapping up the last couple of judges for our professional and picture book show which we’ll be announcing shortly.

Here are the judges for the 3x3 ProShow that we’ve lined up so far. Sam Arthur, Founder, Nobrow, United Kingdom; Jonathan Kenyon, Creative Director, Vault49 and illustrators Dieter Braun, Germany and Julia Rothman. We’ll be adding three more art directors to our panel in the next few days.

Our 3x3 Picture Book Show judges include Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books; Sophie Striker, Art Director, Hachette Children's Books, United Kingdom and illustrators Orit Bergman, Israel and Andrea D’Aquino. We’ll be adding one additional art director to the panel.

And for our 3x3 Student Show we’re pleased to have Art Director Johan Holm, Me and My Magazines, Sweden and illustrators André da Loba, Portugal; Genevieve Gauckler, France; Michael Byers, Canada and Gina Triplett.

Check out the complete details for this year’s shows here.

3x3 International Illustration Awards Show No.14
Deadline: Friday, March 24

Late Deadline: Friday, March 31 - there will be a late fee surcharge

Illustration by Melinda Beck, United States

Monday, January 23, 2017

Save the Date

We're about ready to start accepting entries. Check our site tomorrow. This year’s deadline is March 24th for all three of our shows: Professional, Student and Picture Book.

Thanks to Melinda Beck for this year's Call for Entries artwork and to Rod Hunt, our Show Chair, who is busy contacting our list of prospective judges.

And stay tuned for some exciting news we’re announcing about this year’s show.

Illustration by Melinda Beck

3x3 Illustration Annual No. 13 Update

The number thirteen comes with a lot of baggage and once again we’ve been plagued with a snafu.

The Annual went to press on schedule in mid-November just about the time our printer, unbeknownst to us, decided to install a new system. Well, as things happen, the system had bugs in it that had to be resolved. Delay #1.

Then it seems one of the presses was down. Delay #2.

Then they sent the sample copies to the wrong address and had to send them again, Delay #3.

And last Monday we got the word that they were finally printed, bound and ready to ship...but for some reason they didn’t, they shipped today. Delay #4.

Our apologies to our customers, it's deeply embarrassing for us. And it meant lost newsstand and bookstore sales in December.

The good news for us is that we won’t be printing another job with that printer, and we also won’t be printing another Annual 13.

The good news for you is that the Annual is on its way.