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For art traders, buying and selling art has been a more lucrative way of making money than other investments. In fact, many have built a growing and rewarding business.

The first thing that anyone who is interested in buying art needs to decide is which role they want to play; dealer, investor, or collector. Each has its own motivation, trading strategy, and overall objective. The dealer buys what he believes will fetch the highest price in the short-term, the investor what he feels is the right painting at the right time, and the collector, simply what he likes. When it comes to buying, each of these roles comes with its own strict criteria.

The Dealer

The dealer involves himself in buying and selling paintings, as well as in brokering transactions. Like other business owners, he is talking with customers and suppliers on the telephone every day, be it with other dealers, auction rooms, galleries, collectors, or investors. Dealing has increased in popularity, following other home business trends, such as online auction sales and drop shipping. Others prefer a business model that allows them to trade from home without having to carry stock, such as spread betting. With spread betting, you can gain leverage by benefitting from comparatively small price movement, and...

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Enter Your Design Here

The A’ Design Awards & Competition is the world’s largest design competition. Juried by experts in the field, the competition recognizes the best and most exciting work in design from around the world.In addition to the award itself, participating and winning the A’ Design Award means recognition, publicity and as well as a long list of other benefits.

In addition to the sheer size of the competition and it’s extensive winner’s kit, one thing that particularly sets the A’ Design Awards & Competition apart are the categories. Submissions are accepted in dozens of categories ensuring that your work finds its best fit. This includes categories such as Good Industrial Design, Good Architecture Design, Good Product Design, Good Communication Design , Good Service Design, and Good Fashion Design. You can find further design categories here.

As mentioned, the A’ Design Prize is actually a comprehensive kit. This includes perks such as participation in an international exhibition, inclusion in annual hardcover yearbook, a press release, publicity through the Competition’s extensive network, inclusion in the World...

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Nominate your designs for award consideration here.

Simply put, the A’ Design Award and Competition is the world’s largest design competition and a highly sought-after award. It aims to highlight the best designs, concepts and design-oriented products around the globe each year.

In addition to the extensive prize package, the A’ Design Award and Competition also serves as an independent and expert appraisal for design by providing valuable feedback and experience from a panel of from industry leaders, academics and prestigious journalists.

If you design, there is a category in the competition for you. Indeed, the full list includes 100 different categories including Good Industrial Design, Good Architecture Design, Good Product Design, Good Communication Design, Good Service Design and Good Fashion Design. You can find more design categories here.

The comprehensive A’ Design Award Winners Kit, of...

It’s safe to say that the art of graffiti, the once loathed medium that was reserved uniquely to the outlaws and high-art mavericks (see: Basquiat), has changed pretty much entirely. With no need to sneak around trash cans and lurk in fog-filled passageways (well – mostly), most graffeteros these days are highly regarded contemporary artists, while the occasional fling with the other side of the law has turned into a charming postmodern adrenaline hunt. invites you to a street art gallery where paintings can emerge on a gritty channel side, and every street corner can be instantly changed into a genuine exhibit space!



Vulpes Vulpes stands for red fox in Latin. The artist conceived this illegal piece with the help of the local residents who, apparently, lied about the artist’s whereabouts. A rather simple, biting (no pun intended) representation of the man’s complex political views, it depicts a pack of foxes either devouring a single piece in equal parts or uniting their noses in the same...

Point and Line, Seating and Waste Receptacle, USA Point and Line, Seating and Waste Receptacle (detail), USA MU’trans Home Accessories, MU’factory Cetti Davi and Dario Feo, Italy

How does your country stack up? The World Design Ranking (WDR) ranks nations  around the world based on the number of creative designers that have received an A’ Design Award over the course of the past seven years. Envisioned to be to design what the Olympics are to sports, the A’ Design Award & Competition aims stoke innovation and the flexing of minds through international competition through the WDR. (You can find the full world ranking and each nation’s awardees at

Amazing and forward-thinking designs are submitted globally to the A’ Design Award & Competition each year keeping the rankings close and the list of represented nations long. There’s still time to represent your home and add to your country’s award total. The A’ Design Award & Competition registration period is...

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You may never have given it much thought, but art has the potential to drag traditional, quaint activities or items into the modern world, applying an artistic touch to bring them back into public awareness in a fresh style.

Warhol, Hockney, and Bingomation

Just take the example of Andy Warhol and his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans. Amongst other perceptions, this revolutionary 1962 work of pop art dramatically changed the perception of the Campbell’s brand at that time, as well as transforming the face of modern art.

Nowadays, the use of technology in artwork has emerged in the creation of GIFs, as well as innovative ideas like David Hockney creating an entire collection using an iPad. Hockney had previously created works of art using just his iPhone, and his iPad collection was a clear progression from this experimental approach.

It’s clear that technology can be used in transformative ways when it comes to looking at something old and cherished and bringing it into the modern age and a new project has aimed to apply this practice to one of the UK’s most cherished activities: bingo. Bingo has obviously been made relevant to the digital age thanks to the multitude of operators where you can play online bingo but now a project called Bingomation is using interesting graphics, displays, and tables to create a buzz amongst youger players keen on innovation.

Bringing bingo calls...

Scottie Heated chair by Fabrique Publique Beer’d Up Beer packaging by Springetts Brand Design Consultants

Welcome to World Design Rankings, a website that provides valuable insight into the entire design industry.  Each year WDR advocates and promotes groundbreaking design through it’s ranking. This international ranking system gives you a snapshot of the state-of-art and design, highlighting the creative strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. One of our favorite sections on the site is the “Design Business Insights” which gives readers an important ranking of countries based on their success in various design categories. This allows you to discover with country is the leader in fashion, product or industrial design with the click of your mouse!

One of our favorite categories that World Design Rankings covers is furniture design. We found multiple examples of furniture design that was groundbreaking and experimental. We’ve shared some of those designs along with a selection of other past winners from various categories below.

Warhol Dollar” (CC BY 2.0) by Incase.

“Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake. Gimme the readys. Gimme the cash”, the band 10cc sang in the ‘70s. Kevin Godley, the band’s drummer, and Lol Creme, both former arts school students, were the creative force behind the Stockport-based art rock quartet.

Essentially, the message behind the line ‘Art’s for art’s sake’ is that producing a work of art should not need any justification – monetary or otherwise. But with Arts degrees costing three times as much as science-based subjects like Biology, according to research by Voucherbox, and student debt higher than it has ever been – the highest in the English-speaking world, claims an online BBC report – sometimes it can be hard to stick to those principles. Godley spent eight years, not the usual three, studying to be a graphic designer. Just imagine the debt he would have been in had he graduated in 2016.

The good news is that self-funding your way through university has never been easier for artists. It costs next to nothing these days to build and host a website, which can be used as a shop window to advertise your work, while social media has an immediacy and reach beyond anything that art shows, car boot sales and exhibitions can offer. With Instagram, for example, there is no need...

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What is art? Well, if Edgar Degas was right and art “is not what you see” but “what you make others see”, then art can be anything. However, what if the vision someone else has isn’t quite what you expected? And what if this vision is bound by a ton of T&Cs? This kind of issue has become prominent since visual material has taken over social media.

When Instagram first launched in 2010 it was a social network where users could share their personal pictures. Since then, it has grown and evolved into a platform where businesses, social influencers and even artists can showcase their work.

Turning Art into a Digital Endeavour

Indeed, with 500 million active monthly users, Instagram is now one of the largest websites in the world, which means anything you post there has a huge potential reach. For aspiring artists this captive audience is not only a great way to attract followers and fans, but actually generate some income.

Analysing the recent synergy between artists and social media, Hiscox reveals that 38% of new collectors are influenced by sites like Instagram. In a recent profile of modern artist, Maxwell Rushton as part of a wider investigation of the findings of The...

The good folks at LG are introducing the UltraWide 21:9 monitors to the creative world in a  unique way. Instead of a boring ad campaign they’ve decided to team up with YouTube sensation and master extreme sports video impresario Devin Graham A.K.A devinsupertramp. With 3/4 of a billion views and 4 million subscribers Devin has a loyal fan base that expects only the absolute best in video production and design so teaming up with LG was a natural fit. The UltraWide 21:9 monitor allows Devin to film and edit footage in glorious “Cinematic” aspect ratio making each of his videos feel like a real movie for the big screen.  Find out more about this unique cinematic collaboration here and get more information about the new LG UltraWide 21:9 monitors here.


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It’s once again time to submit your most brilliant photograph to the Weather Channel’s third Annual “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest. You have until August 1st to enter your best photograph of nature, adventure and weather for a chance to win big! The grand prize is a whopping $15,000 with second place receiving $5,000 and third place getting $2,500. With prizes like that you have no excuse not to enter your spectacular photograph for a chance at fame and fortune.

There is no fee to enter and all amateur and professional photographers are urged to participate. Visit the Weather Channel’s contest site for more information at:

Jackie K. Seo, “Secret Shame” Jackie K. Seo, “Man and Rope” Jamie Salmon, “Chris” Jamie Salmon, “Self Portrait”

In a blog post published last week, The Creators Project composed a stunning list of eight artists who sculpt hyperrealistic depictions of the body: Marc Sijan, Xooang Choi, Sarah Sitkin, Jackie K. Seo, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Jamie Salmon, Felix Deac, and Trent Taft. From states of beauty, intimacy, deformity, and death, the artists approach flesh as a figurative storyboard for human experience; whether it’s the stale sadness of Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Old People’s Home,” or the life-like, slow-burning intensity of Salmon’s “Chris,” each work accentuates the details and imperfections of the skin to convey a much deeper message.

To some, the purpose of hyperrealistic art may seem uncertain;...

Business cards have massive potential to keep your audience engaged. When used properly, they act as avenues that drive people to your social media presence, personalize your company and dramatically extend your brand’s footprint.

Of course, creating a great design is critical, but so is putting in the effort afterwards. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a few tried and tested methods for getting more from your legwork.

1. Make Sharing Your Cards Worthwhile
Giving people incentives for distributing your cards is a must. For instance, if your cards include exclusive discounts on services and products, patrons are much more likely to share them of their own accord. While this may require printing a few card designs, the business you’ll bring back with referral programs and similar offerings is well worth it.

2. Don’t Hide Your Company’s Value
The back of a business card is also a great place to remind people why they ought to make full use of your services. A simple tag line or brief collection of key selling points is way more interesting to most audiences than a drab list of your specializations.

3. Shape Is Important, So Mix It Up
The world is littered with business cards that lack visual impact. Make yours...

Jiyong Lee is an artist and educator based in Carbondale, Illinois, who works in the medium of glass art. In a series titled Segmentation, Lee has created fascinating, geometric glass blocks that metaphorically examine life science. Mirroring the processes of cell division and growth, each sculpture is divided into fragments that represent “cells, embryos, biological and molecular structures—each symbolizing the building blocks of life, as well as the starting point of life” (Source). As a whole, they are firm structures, much like the proverbial “building blocks”; but internally, they are irregular and segmented, symbolizing the varying growth rates and beautiful asymmetry of organic life.

The glass Lee has chosen to work with varies in its translucency, which is significant to his theme. Sometimes the fragments are see-through; in other places they are dense and clouded. For Lee, these conditions of visibility represent “what is known and unknown about life science” (Source), for although modern science seeks to fully comprehend the workings of...

Kunihiko Nohara creates lofty sculptures whose subjects hover between the earth and sky. Using a single piece of wood for each of his pieces, Nohara replaces clothing with clouds making his figures seem ready to take flight in a hot air balloon.

Nohara’s works have earned him the name “The Cloud Man” in Taiwan. But while this name visibly connects him with his works, the clouds also mean something else to Nohara. In interviews he says that clouds are emblematic of his practice in that he often feels “blurry” within his own thoughts. Dealing with this space of fuzziness between thoughts and dream, he further says that his “creations are not necessarily based on fantasy, but neither are they overly grounded in reality – they’re just reflections of my experiences of the world.”

Despite the delicacy and softness of these sculptures, Nohara works entirely in wood and, more notably, only uses one piece for each work. His preference for wood emerged in school but he...

Brooklyn based multimedia artist Emily McMaster has created a provocative video series featuring one shot scenes of masochism. Her work invites us into intimate and unsettling moments that provoke questions of power dynamics. Each work is a test for the squeamish, a pit of anxiety, and a platform for confusion and quandary. When entering the work, it remains unclear whether these acts are that of pleasure or torture. It remains unclear who is empowered and and who is dominated. Within her piece Steeple, McMaster sews her fingers together in a gesture from a childhood hand game. She struggles to break the ties, only to be unsuccessful and greeted with blood. Perhaps this piece speak of the disfunction within power structures, the loss of innocence, the impurity of self destruction. Baby’s Breath begins with the act of a masculine arms covering the head of the topless, red lip stick stained artist with a plastic bag. Again, the question of pleasure versus pain, power versus abuse, and in this particular video, female subjection. Her work is powerful, allusive, and perfectly hard to watch.

The following is her artist statement;

Emily McMaster is a Brooklyn...

Last year, we featured the work of Dutch artist Patrick Bergsma. Featured today is a selection of his newer works, which demonstrate his endless creativity in sculpting floating, post-apocalyptic homes. Appearing to defy gravity, old ramshackle buildings painted in rustic shades meld with rock formations and elaborate root systems. Bonsai trees sprout from the top, creating darkly beautiful habitats for tiny, marooned people; a helicopter lands perilously atop one, and on another, a girl kneels pensively amongst the roots of a dead tree.

Aside from being objects of imagination and extreme detail, many themes seem to be occurring throughout Bergsma’s sculptures, such as the reclaiming power of nature; trees appear to be taking over the ruined buildings, returning the small, blasted fragments of earth into a more natural state. There are also dual feelings of sorrowful entrapment and isolated simplicity; the inhabitants appear lonely, but their quaint living spaces are also beautiful and calming, referring to a simpler way of life. Whatever your response to Bergsma’s...

New York based artist Mindo Cikanavicius photographs portraits of men with foam “facial hair.” Within this series, titled Bubbleissimo, (perhaps making a play on the word “machismo”), the artist distorts the notion of masculinity through a comedic display of the growing obsession with groomed facial hair. His work aims to speak about the fragility and absurdity of what “manliness” means, depicting it as being just as allusive and indefinite as the bubbles meant to represent it.  These works portray the sitters in a sort of kitschy, glamor portrait style, engulfed in one side of sky blue and one side of bubble gum pink, the colors used to denote gendered objects. His series mocks the need to define and portray what it means to be masculine, and, through what seems at first glance to be an overtly serious series, successfully, upon further inspection, invites in a air of making fun of itself. Once it becomes clear that this facial hair is in fact made of bubbles, the work switches from being a strange cataloging of men, to a witty...

New York based artist James Connolly gives old and worn out record covers a new spin. The artist transforms each one by hand painting fun scenes within the given content, turning calm and commercial images into outlandish and other worldly painted depictions. The artist finds these used records in junk shops and revives them through manipulating their covers to become fun, psychedelic, and slightly bizarre. His works transform singing beauties into strange oblong creatures, it melts and merges the flesh of trumpet players, it implants nature where is does not belong (such as trees growing from eye sockets and fungi from faces), it even gives shrimp heat ray vision and adorns a “Top of the Pops” dancer with a ribbon of sausages. Perhaps the most interesting of these works are those which almost act as a play on color theory. Connolly disappears figures into perfectly mixed hues that blend bodies into backgrounds, allowing them to fully be a vehicle for shape and pattern. There is a very...

Chad Wys is an artist, designer, and writer from Illinois. Inspired by postmodern thought, Wys’ works examine the reproduction of the image, and the way plural images—as superficial iterations of an original object—operate on us to suggest a sense of meaning and worth.

This theoretical approach is brilliantly exemplified in Wys’ Readymades series, featured here. The Readymades consist of found busts and ceramics that Wys has adorned with eye-popping colors, bold gradients, and silvery tears. By re-contextualizing objects of “antiquity” with garish, modern color schemes, Wys compels the viewer to contemplate their feelings and values in relation to such objects. He explains further on his website:

“By retooling the object and then re-presenting it for the viewer I intend to elaborate on the conversation that takes place between the observer and the reproduction in its ‘initial’ state. Through the reclamation and manipulation of these objects I mean to acknowledge, to underscore, that our possessions can, and often do, manipulate us.”...