Cut&Paste kicked off its international digital design tournament with a bang this Halloween weekend with 16 of New York City's most talented digital designers engaging in an epic struggle for computer art supremacy. Hundreds of spectators stood in awe beneath the vaulted ceilings of
gorgeous Lower East Side gallery space as competitors battled one another in the 2D, 3D, and Motion / Animation competitions.
Thanks to Cut&Paste sponsors
, the evening's activities got started on the right foot with an hour-long open bar preceding the first round of competition. The audience was treated to an awesomely analogue pen-and-ink art battle from members of NYC's own SECRET WARS, and Pond5 hosted a green-screened photo booth inviting the costumed masses to show off their Halloween finery against the exotic locale of their choice. Other attendees busied themselves participating in the "Design for Clean Water" iPad challenge powered by Adobe's Ideas app, and Adobe's very own Terry White wowed onlookers with a rousing onstage Photoshop tutorial.
All of this is to say nothing of the evening's main event, which got underway promptly at 8 as the 3D designers took the stage. Judges
of Default Projects and
of Tronic Studio watched every mouse click as the competitors scrambled to cook up a piece inspired by the theme "My Playground" in the allotted 20 minutes. Ultimately, artist
soon rendered his way to glory with a stunning model of a tumescent, rainbow-colored brain.
In the Motion/Animation competition, judges
of Psyop, and director
champion after watching a wheelchair-bound creation have a very, very bad 15 seconds in his "FML" themed cartoon short. Graphic designer
snagged the final victory of the evening with 2D judges
of Thunderdog Studios,
of Barbarian Group, and
of Staple Design giving her the win for her clever "Mama Knows Best" infographic.
These three champions may have conquered the best of the best in NYC, but they've still got a long way to go. Cut&Paste NYC marks only the first stop in an international, 12-city tour. Whether you think you've got what it takes to contend with the best or you just want to join in on the fun, you haven't missed your chance. Over the coming months the competition will travel to Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, London, Berlin, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, before returning to NYC in Spring 2012 for the Cut&Paste Global Championships.
Cut&Paste is a social arena for the discovery, advocacy and elevation of design. Through events and online programs, Cut&Paste supports artists, firms and media working to strengthen creative networks. Born in New York City in November 2005, Cut&Paste#s signature event is the Digital Design Tournament, held live throughout the world each year. The 2011 tour takes place in 12 cities around the globe. Cut&Paste additionally powers design-driven contests and events with industry partners worldwide. Learn more about Cut&Paste at
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