Stumble!

May 17

 

Norway has emerged as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Russian capital, Moscow.

Singer and violinist Alexander Rybak, 23, smashed the record for the most points awarded during the competition.

Iceland came second in the vote, followed by Azerbaijan which took the third place.

The UK’s Jade Ewen, singing an Andrew Lloyd Webber song, ended in fifth position – a marked improvement on last year’s finish at the foot of the table.

For the first time, voting in the final was split between televoting and panels of musical experts, which was supposed to reduce the incidence of predictable and neighbourly votes.

A total of 42 countries voted on the 25 songs, with Norway scoring a record 387 points.

Alexander Rybak, who was born in the former Soviet Union, is a well-known musician in Norway.

A classically-trained violinist and pianist, he wrote his country’s winning entry, Fairytale.

The previous biggest points haul was scored by Finland’s Lordi with Hard Rock Hallelujah in Greece in 2006.

No country suffered the indignity of receiving “nul points” this year but Finland finished in last place.

Denmark’s entry – Brinck singing Believe Again – was written by Boyzone’s Ronan Keating and was performed in the Irish singer’s style.

Germany’s act featured US cabaret artist Dita von Teese, who used to be married to rock star Marilyn Manson.

Her costume was slightly more demure than her outfit at the dress rehearsal after she was reportedly told to cover up by the European Broadcasting Union, which runs Eurovision, because it was unsuitable for a family audience.

Graham Norton was making his debut as commentator for the BBC, replacing Sir Terry Wogan, who bowed out last year.

‘Greatest talents’

Speaking in the Russian capital, Norton revealed that he had spoken to his predecessor, who commentated on every Eurovision final from 1980.

“Terry rang me to wish me good luck,” said the TV presenter. “He advised me to resist having a drink until the fifth song,” he added.

Jade Ewen was chosen to represent the UK through a TV talent contest, with the winning song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Diane Warren.

Her fifth place was a highlight for the UK, which has had a dismal record in recent years, with 2008’s entry, Andy Abraham, finishing last with 14 points.

It was the second time in five years the UK had finished at the bottom, with Jemini’s 2003 effort famously scoring “nul points”.


Germany’s Alex Swings Oscar Sings! act was joined by burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, who was ordered to cover up for the family audience.

The UK’s entry Jade Ewen was accompanied by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the song. She ended a dismal spell for the UK by finishing fifth.

 

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Dec 12

Print Design Single Page: Winner
Soo Jin An
Kookmin University

Part of my life


 

 

 

Profile
Soo Jin was born in Korea and studies Visual Communication at Kookmin University in Seoul. She lives in an urban setting but likes to experience nature. Soo Jin cultivates a roof garden with flowers and trees, and it is a major source of artistic inspiration. She also gains inspiration by talking with and listening to other people. She recently became entranced by vector images but looks forward to experiencing all kinds of graphic design media after her graduation.

Communication objective
Various kinds of expressions exist on an object’s face, just as on human faces. While humans create objects, they do not create their expressions. The face, formed accidentally from an object in everyday life, claims its own existence. As we discover an object’s facial image it evolves into another image through analysis and recomposition. Enjoy the infinite possibilities!

Tools used
All the graphics were generated using Adobe® Illustrator® CS.

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Dec 12

Environmental Graphics and Packaging: Winner
Po-Yun Jack Wang
California College of the Arts

You think therefore I am


 

 

 

 

Profile
Po-Yun Jack Wang was born and raised in Taiwan until the age of 12. Then his family immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from high school, he came to the U.S. to pursue his dream, to become a graphic designer. He graduated from California College of the Arts in 2007 and received the Thesis Student Achievement Award. After his graduation, he returned to Taiwan, to start his new adventure in the design industry.

Communication objective
Existence is at once familiar and elusive. We have no problem using the word “exists,” but what is it like to exist, and how do we exist? Before you see me, my existence is not something that I can express to you. I intend to prove that our existence is based on each other. You think, therefore I am. I have created an installation 50″ x 182″, with paper cutouts and nine books to illustrate the entity Jack Wang, which your perception of me creates.

Tools used
I used Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 to create the pixilated image of my face, and then I used Illustrator® to lay out each page with a different color for each figure. The logo in the books was created in Illustrator® CS2 using the Live Trace tool of my hand-drawn work. The books are all created with Adobe InDesign® CS2 using a grid system on the master page.

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Dec 12

Digital Photography: Winner
Sean Teegarden
Art Center College of Design

True Character


 

 

 

 

Profile
Sean Teegarden was born, raised, and home schooled in Downey, California, by two awesome parents. From a young age, Sean had a camera in his hands and on many occasions became frustrated with capturing a finger in the lens, covering his artistic compositions. Graduating high school early, Sean went to Cerritos College where he developed his love of photography in the darkroom. His inspiration for imagery comes from experiences in the Boy Scouting Program, his religious background, and love of 1950’s television. Currently, Sean is attending Art Center College of Design. He will graduate in December and work towards attaining his dream job.

Communication objective
It is said that the masters of old would paint in the flaws on their subjects as a finishing touch, a method of making paintings real. In this series, I made true characteristics of these people blatantly apparent. I wanted viewers to see every little detail that many would call flaws — I see them as True Character.

Tools used
Using the file’s Red, Green, and Blue Channels, I found which color contained the most contrast that enhanced the important details. I copied the information and pasted it into new layers. I used a series of blend modes and layer masks to bring out striking detail and retain great value and color. I employed burn/dodge layers to emphasize shadows and finally employed sharpening and blurring to make every little “Character” jump off the page.

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Dec 12

Digital Illustration: Winner
Jörg Block
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Research Calendar of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences 2008


 

 

 

 

Profile
Jörg Block worked several years as a graphic designer in e-business companies, handling print and corporate design, and web and screen design. Then he started to study illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Department of Design, Media and Information). At first he fully dedicated himself to artistic basics and to freeform graphic arts and painting. Now he wishes to combine his previous experience from graphic design with a more artistic approach. His special interest is creating illustrations that comment on editorial content in an idiosyncratic and pointed way.
Communication objective
The illustrations were created for the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences research calendar. Each month illustrates a different project to demonstrate the variety of the university’s research activities for the general public. I used striking, funny, or droll images to inspire spontaneous interest in the featured research subjects. I intended the images to stimulate viewer curiosity about the concrete research activities referenced on the back of each calendar page and hope the viewer reads the detailed information there. The illustration subjects include marketing bio food, logistics systems, anesthesia technology, joining technology, bio diesel, and packaging.
Tools used
I started by researching the featured subjects. I created pencil-and-paper sketches and converted the sketches to vector art in Adobe® Illustrator®. I created all the forms using the rectangle and ellipse shapes, the pencil tools, or by combining shapes with the Pathfinder. I defined colors with CMYK values and built a color library. My illustrations feature pure color surfaces, linear and radial gradients, adjustment objects, transparencies, and various fill methods.

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