AIGA China has asked us to help promote their upcoming design competition. Here are the details:

The ultimate Chinese cultural symbol is the dragon. And in anticipation of the auspicious year, AIGA China has partnered with PoloArts to support the first annual China International Design Competition: 2012 Year of the Dragon. The competition aims to promote communication, exchange and interaction between China and the rest of the world by encouraging designers to create innovative work based around the theme of the Chinese dragon.

Entries will be accepted through September 27, 2011 in the areas of Graphic Design, Digital and Multi-Media Design, Installation Design, and Product Design. See www.cidc2012.org for entry requirements. A panel of judges comprised of well-respected international designers and Chinese celebrities will award significant cash prizes. One hundred winning works will be exhibited at Beijing’s Capital Museum in January 2012.

Entries are accepted from designers from across the globe regardless of age, rank, professional status, or nationality. All designers are encouraged to apply!

The subject matter of Ryu Itadani‘s latest painting is the iconic Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 sneaker. Onitsuka Tiger have produced a short documentary about the project and have asked us to help promote the artwork, which will be exhibited across Europe.

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GIVEAWAY

For the promotion they’re giving away an exclusive print of the painting by Ryu, not available anywhere else. It’s printed on A1 (23.39 × 33.11 in) stretched canvas. Along with the print they’re offering up a pair of Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66′s.

UPDATE 6/21/11 – Winner Announced

Congrats James G! Hope you enjoy some new art for your wall and your feet.

Dollar Rede$ign

14 September 2010

Organized by Richard Smith, the Dollar ReDe$ign Project hopes to bring about change for everyone. They want to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy. The specific design above was created by Dowling | Duncan, a design studio in San Francisco and England.

Congrats to Annie Nguyen from Hawaii. Thanks for everyone’s infographic submissions – if you ever need a little inspiration there’s now a nice compilation in the comments section of the original post.

New book added to the ever expanding TSA Library. As with most additions, we’re giving away one free copy. See the bottom of this post for details.

Data Flow 2
Visualizing Information in Graphic Design

Editors: R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann, T. Tissot
Language: English

Publisher: Gestalten
Release: February 2010
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 272 pages, full color, hardcover

Data Flow 2 expands the definition of contemporary information graphics. The book features new possibilities for diagrams, maps, and charts and investigates the visual and intuitive presentation of processes and data. Eight comprehensive chapters illuminate how techniques such as simplification, abstraction, metaphor, and dramatization function. Data Flow 2 is a valuable reference offering practical advice, background, case studies, and inspiration.

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Enter to win a free copy of Data Flow 2

To enter your name into the drawing, comment on this post with your favorite infographic from the last decade.

Fine print: Drawing ends Saturday, July 31, 2010. Winner will be picked at random. This drawing is open to everyone, even if you live in the far reaches of the planet. Please comment with a valid email so we can find you.

**** Winner announced: Congratulations to Annie Nguyen from Hawaii. ****

Today we’re adding the second title to the newly created TSA Library. As with most additions to our Library we’ll also be giving away one free copy. To find out how to win, read the info at the bottom of this post.

Milton Glaser
To Inform & Delight

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and creating the enduring I ♥ NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.

Artfully directed by first-time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film glances into everyday moments of Glaser’s personal life and captures his immense warmth and humanity, as well as the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity.

Director: Wendy Keys

Producer: Wendy Keys and Edgar B. Howard

Cast:
Milton Glaser
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Peter Mayer
Shirley Kenny
Shirley Glaser
Jivan Tabibian
Ralph Caplan
Brookie Maxwell
Steve Heller
Deborah Adler
Walter Bernard
Katja Maas
George Lang

Technical: 73 Mins | 16:9 | Stereo | Color | Not Rated

Awards: Best Educational Film Award, FIFA, Montreal; Official Selection Woodstock Film Festival; Official Selection Denver Film Festival; Official Selection Chicago International Film Festival

Available on iTunes and Amazon. Thank you to New Video Digital for offering the giveaway.

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Win a free copy of Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight

The first person to answer the following question correctly, in the comments section of this post, will win a free digital download (via iTunes) of Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight. To enter you must be a U.S. resident and have an iTunes (U.S.) account.

What movie character is thought to be based off of Milton Glaser?

**** Winner announced: Congratulations to Melissa Cayabyab. ****

Last week we launched the TSA Library, added its first book (Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams) and held a drawing to give away one free copy. Congratulations to Martina Petrelli from Lyon, France!

Thanks to everyone who entered. We will be adding another book in a couple of days (with a bit more challenging giveaway rules). For anyone else interested in getting their hands on Less and More, you can pick one up directly from the publisher here.

Today we’re launching the TSA Library. What’s that, you say? Well, periodically we’ll be adding new titles (the very best in art/design books, publications, and movies) to a section of our site called ‘TSA Library’. You can get there by clicking the banner in the left column under ‘Features’. Every time we add something new, we’ll also be giving away one free copy. To enter your name into the drawing, read the info at the bottom of this post.

Less and More
The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Editors: Klaus Klemp, Keiko Ueki-Polet
Language: bilingual German/English

Publisher: Gestalten
Release: January 2010
Format: 19 × 23 cm
Features: 808 pages, full color, PVC cover, in slipcase

In over 40 years at Braun, Dieter Rams established himself as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. His elegantly clear visual language not only defined product design for decades, but also our fundamental understanding of what design is and what it can and should do. Elucidating the design philosophy of Dieter Rams, Less and More is the ultimate collection of images of all of Rams’s products as well as selected sketches and models. In addition to the complete visual presentation of his designs, new texts by international experts reevaluate his work in a contemporary context.

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Enter to win a free copy of Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Gestalten has kindly sent us a copy to giveaway. To enter into the drawing you can either become a member of our Facebook group, follow us on Twitter, or comment on this post. Doing all 3 will up your chances.

Fine print: Drawing ends Sunday, June 27, 2010. Winner will be picked at random. This drawing is open to everyone, even if you live in the far reaches of the planet. Please comment with a valid email so we can find you.

**** Winner announced: Congratulations to Martina Petrelli from Lyon, France. ****

MG raffle winners…

02 June 2009

We had a great response to our first little free giveaway. Two people have been picked at random to receive a signed poster for the upcoming Milton Glasier movie. Congratulations to Paula McGloin and Kyle LaMar – you should receive an email shortly (if you don’t, email us here at hello [at] thestrangeattractor.net).

We have more fun design related giveaways/contests/promotions coming up, so stay tuned. We’re also refining and adding new sections to TSA – we’d love your input on anything you would add, change, etc., so please get in touch. Thanks all for reading!

Arthouse Films reached out to us the other day to help promote their upcoming film, Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight. They’ve kindly sent us two movie posters signed by Milton Glaser (measuring 27″ x 39.5″), which we are raffling off. Just leave a comment on this post and we’ll pick two of you at random on June 1. Please be 18+ and live in the US.

The film is premiering tonight in New York City at Cinema Village. It will be playing next in San Francisco, June 19.

*Update* Here is the current list of release dates and venues:

New York City: Cinema Village, May 22nd
San Francisco: The Roxie, June 19th
Boston: MFA, July 2nd
Chicago: Gene Siskel Film Center, June 12th
Denver: Starz Film Center, June 12th
Albuquerque: Guild Cinema, June 27th and 28th
Las Vegas: AIGA, June 18th

Synopsis:

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and the enduring I ♥ NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM AND DELIGHT. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men.

Artfully directed by first time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film glances into everyday moments of Glaser’s personal life and captures his immense warmth and humanity, and the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity.