Vibrant acid colors, The NFT hype and humanitarian artivism. Bitesize art, design and tech topics from around the www, curated by Innovation lab’s very own creative collective of designers, developers and illustrators – Blinque Studio.
Strong contrasts, hyper saturated palettes, acid colors and rivaling typography.
Awwwards.com, a professional web design and development competition body, have created a wonderful vibrant and visual study of color, web and typography trends in web design right now.
Highlighting great examples of vibrant color palettes, that are being used in much more complex ways, than just the normal principals of a highlight color and a few neutrals. A walkthrough of great color pickers and tools to help you dive into the color exploration of today’s trends and go beyond the palette.
NFT – Non-Fungible tokens. New age of digital art or the degrading of it?
You’ve probably heard about NFT at some point now, as it’s taken the digital art world by storm and marketplaces have popped up like opensea.io, zora.co and rarible.com gathering artists from around the world making them major money of top digital works of art and other collectibles, so called crypto art, as the trend of collecting, trading and selling NFT’s has exploded. If you haven’t heard of NFT’s here’s a quick walkthrough:
- NFTs are unique crypto tokens that are managed on a blockchain. Thus, blockchain acts as the decentralized ledger that traces the ownership and transaction history of each NFT, which has a code and a unique ID, and other metadata that no other token can duplicate. – appinventiv.com
- NFT’s can be almost anything digital, animations, images, texts, tweets, audio etc – Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, sold his very first tweet “Just setting up my twttr” for a towering $2,915,835.47.
- You can make money off of an NFT by buying and reselling it for more.
- The highest sales record to date is held by Beeble, with a staggering $69,346,250.00 (19,783.652 ETH – Ethereum cryptocurrency)
- Though the might seem the newest thing on the block(chain), the can be traced back to 2012 and some argue that Clorede Coins was the first NFT’s
But with all new booming trends, people are also looking at the dark sides of the rising creation of NFT’s. More been looking at the environmental impact NFT’s and etherium have.
“According to the Digiconomist website, a single Ethereum transaction consumes more than 70.32 kWh, enough to power 1 U.S. household for 2.5 days. This is equivalent to a carbon footprint of around 34 Kg of carbon dioxide (CO2). ... The increase in NFT users has exacerbated the problem.”morningstar.ca
Some are taking matters into their own hands, like code hosting platform GitHub and providing people with tools og guides to make more sustainable NFT’s
The art world is also looking at the hype of NFT’s creations and debating whether it’s a fad or the future.
And stanfordrewired.com raises questions about the link between money and the manipulation of art in an interesting article on linking the hype to the 1960’s conceptualt art as a commodity – Is this degrading our understanding of art or is it the new age of digital art and art in general?
@KEIKEN – Wisdoms for Love 3.0 (Metaverse: We Are At The End Of Something) (2019)
LA-based TRANSFER Gallery also reflect on this in their exhibition “Pieces of Me”
“In response to the aggregate hype of the emerging global NFT marketplace, TRANSFER presents Pieces of Me – 50 artworks are offered in the browser as a respite from the frenzy and dystopia surrounding the boom. We invite you to reflect and transact with intention.”
https://piecesofme.online/ (Some content may be not suitable for work)
Now You See Me Moria
– Uniting poster designers and artist globally to create awareness for refugees
Noemi, a photographer from Netherlands joined forces with Amir, a refugee in Moria camp, Greece back in 2020, to create more awareness about the conditions in the camp and broaden the reach and understanding of it to the world with @now_you_see_me_moria. Now two others inside the camp have joined and are helping spread the word via photographs and video. A poster campaign was set up on the website nowyouseememoria.eu generate poster design with the images from inside the camp with messages that will echo wherever posted in the world
The posters are downloadable in the gallery, free to use and encourage people everywhere to download, print and put up in their city for all to see what is going on. They have also called on mural- and graffiti artists to spread the messages. A great example of how a well orchestrated campaign can have a greater impact, when reaching out and uniting forces in graphic design, activism and humanitarian aid. Check out @now_you_see_me_moria for more details.