Communication Arts magazine, a professional journal for those involved in creativity in visual communications, has announced the winners of its 23rd annual interactive competition. Thirty-eight projects were selected by a jury of creative professionals; 985 entries were submitted to the competition. The selected projects will be reproduced in the March/April 2017 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and digital editions, with more than 30,000 copies distributed worldwide, and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators and publishers of these award-winning projects.
Through its editorials, feature articles and the annual competitions it sponsors, CA provides new ideas and information, while promoting the highest professional standards for the field. Now in its 58th year, CA continues to showcase the current best—whether it’s from industry veterans or tomorrow’s stars—in advertising, design, photography, illustration, interactive and typography. Everything is reproduced with quality printing and attention to detail unmatched by any trade publication anywhere.
In partnership with Mark Bashore and Katrina Crawford, Belle & Wissell realized an experimental web experience called RadioEight. The project aims to measure the condition of our planet in an entirely new way: the subconscious dreams of the world’s children. Through the intersection of audio, documentary, interactivity, and social media, RadioEight unlocks subtle commonalities among the youngest global citizens, eliminating barriers both physical and intangible.
Dream recordings were collected from children around the world, ages 7 to 13—while recording in Nepal, Katrina captured several accounts just hours before the Gorkha earthquake. At the time of this writing, RadioEight.net holds nearly 200 dream recordings, with each categorized according to its location: Asia, the Americas, or Africa. This project will grow over time through online submissions and field recordings (Europe coming soon).
RadioEight is an ongoing effort, with both accessibility and innovation as its highest priorities. The desktop and mobile sites present the experience across a variety of devices, and the frequently-updated podcast channel (available via iTunes or the mobile site) and submission instructions facilitate global participation.
In order to adequately present this effort, Belle & Wissell applied advanced web-building tools to achieve a simultaneously surreal and organic quality in the interface. 3D simulation and particle systems (implemented using WebGL), along with a layered, dynamic soundtrack (all original music and ambient compositions), contribute to the viewers’ sense of immersion.
Born Presents: 417 • 903 project was selected as a winner in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual 17, which hit newsstands in March.
Belle & Wissell would like to thank and congratulate all of the contributors who made this project possible:
Scott Benish, Lead Designer
Gabe Kean, Design Director
Thomas Ryun, Art Director
Amy Spreadborough/Anmarie Timble, Writers
Craig Ernst, Online Editor
Chad McMurray, Sound Engineer
Marq Dean, Project Manager
Edrea Lita, Associate Art Director
Adobe Systems, Inc., Consultant
Born Presents (Born Magazine), Client
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Finalists were announced last week for Toronto’s annual Flash In The Can Awards. Belle & Wissell, Co.’s Paccar Hall digital wayfinding system for The University of Washington’s business school is among those nominated for a Flash Usability and People’s Choice awards.
See a video of this project here.
An interactive directory provides students and faculty with real-time information from multiple data sources, revisions to locations of people and departments, and navigation through the complex floor plans and multi-level building entrances. The project also includes a digital donor program with touch interfaces and passive digital displays to clearly credit the contributions that made Paccar Hall possible. Additionally there is a business Twitter feed interactive that streams constant news from up to twelve Twitter feeds like The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Write an essay online.
Winners for FITC will be announced at the ceremony on May 3. Fans of Belle & Wissell can cast their vote for the People’s choice by visiting the nominees page.