Schwindel, an unusual and compelling graphic book from Germany's Florian Brendel, was cited recently with one of the top honors in the Canon Digital Creators Contest. The Canon event, in its third year, is aimed at recognizing up-and-coming talent working with digital technology in the areas of Digital Photos; DigitalGraphics/Illustration; Digital Movies; and the Web. Cooper Union in New York is showcasing the winning work from this next generation of international digital artists this month, after which the collection will move to L.A. Brendel won the Gold prize in the Digital Graphics/Illustration category for the book, which was created in Adobe Illustrator and which judges described as a book that could have been a film, that could have been a comic, that could have been a textile pattern. Said one judge, the piece "shows how to manipulate technology to your aims rather than being manipulated by it."
U.S. winners included: "36 Permutations," from Brad Trost, a graphic designer at Wieden + Kennedy/ Portland; "Day and Night," from San Francisco-based designer Hyoun Sook Lim; New York's Jennifer Collins for her digital photo "St. Croix; Nature"; freelance designer Chudo Loo's "Cyberknots"; digital movie A World Apart, from Triple Eyeganic; and website Superelectronic, by Aoineko.
The Canon contest drew over 5,000 entries from 77 countries. Judges included Digital Domain co-founder and president Scott Ross, SVA instructor and artist Joshua Davis, design collective Tomato; and photographer Jeff Schewe, among others. Check out the full list of winners and judges' comments on the contest's nifty website.
Canon Digital Creators Contest, www.canon.com/cdcc/