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Cut and Paste

New Design Competition comes to San Francisco By Lisa Liang

In the beginning of November, Ko Maruyama checked out the Cut & Paste competition in Los Angeles, and for the first time it showed up on the forum radars.  Although this is only the first time that this competition had left New York, its first cross-country tour drew many attendees to the main city events.

You can read about the background of the event, and the Los Angeles contest here on DigitalMedia Networks by clicking here: 

Cut & Paste held its live design competition on November 18th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in downtown San Francisco.  Again, partnered with design tool staples Adobe and Wacom, the show featured eight bay area designers.  Alexander Lambert, Anthony Lazzuri, Scott Barry, Luke Feldman, Alejandro Chavetta and Lily Lin all competed to see who would take top honors.

The competition must be experienced personally to fully appreciate the event, but here is a short description and some photos from the night.

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 The event was an artistic performance, in which changes unfold before your eyes. The audience sees how imagination and technology mix to create intriguing images in a limited timeframe.

 Not only do people get to see what happens, there is a palpable sense of suspense and tension when anticipating the final outcome.  The audience can become as invested as much as the designers, who undergo their active and stimulating process of creating.

Energy runs high on the surface as opposed to the usual unseen contemplation for ideas.  Musically, the evening is filled with bass and excitement.

Perhaps, regardless of how delicate and reserved print design may seem, it definitely has the potential to be hip, hot, and jamming to stir up lots of fun from beginning to end.

Ultimately, above the din of the excitement, Lily Lin surpassed the competitors and delivered the winning illustration for the topic "ONE TOO MANY".

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You can see more of the contestant submissions at the Cut & Paste website:


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Lisa Liang is a San Francisco based freelance artist. 

With a background in fine art, she specializes in both digital and traditional media to create matte paintings and still plates for companies such as ILM and Disney.

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