Thursday, March 11, 2010

Winners Again


We just got word from Applied Arts Magazine that two of our covers for 3x3 are winners in the 2010 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration annual coming out in May. This makes the third time this year that the cover by Nick Dewar has been honored and the Applied Arts judges also selected Krister Flodin's cover for Issue 12.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

SPD Winner: 3x3 Issue 13 Cover

We just got word that our cover for Issue 13 is a winner in this year's Society of Publication Designers 45th annual competition, the brilliant cover illustration by Nick Dewar. With over 5,000 entries this year, 3x3 came out a winner--this makes seven out of eight years that 3x3 has been in the winning column; in 2008 our cover for Issue 9 by Ward Schumaker was even a finalist for best cover of the year. Nick's cover was also honored recently by Communication Arts magazine.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Nick Dewar's Cover A Winner

We just word today from Communication Arts that the cover of Issue 13 done by the late Nick Dewar is a winner in this year's CA Illustration Annual 51 coming out in May/June of this year. We knew it was a winner the minute we saw the sketch we're pleased that the judges at CA echoed our belief. This is the second year in a row that 3x3 has been honored in CA, last year's winner was Martin Haake for Issue 11.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Nick Dewar

I just heard the sad news about the loss of Nick Dewar. We just featured Nick in both current issues of 3x3 and Creative Quarterly. When I originally contacted Nick about the 3x3 article he warned me that he was headed into the hospital and that the recovery would be about six weeks--but he was anxious to do the article--and also the cover art--if we could wait til after the recovery time. We of course said yes, though we also offered to postpone the article until the following issue but he persevered.

Then when we were putting CQ together last month we decided to reach a different audience with his work and again he came through for us. We had no idea how serious the illness was, he never complained, never tarried and quickly helped us meet yet another deadline.

Working with Nick on the cover I was reminded by Nick that he was old-school using paint made by the Cartoon Colour Company on illustration board. In the digital age he preferred the tactile quality of paint on board laid down with a brush. In the opening spread of his article in 3x3 there's a picture of his computer, you'll see in the background a photo which Nick took of an apple on a tree in Ladahk, Nick told me: "I hung it over the computer to remind me that there is life away from the monitor". Another of his photos is the inspiration image he sent us for CQ, a photo taken in Thimphu, Bhutan during a festival honouring Guru Padmasambhava. "It is a photograph of a mother clasping her hands behind her back. Her child is sleeping in the folds of the cloth we see at the top of the picture." Nick told us.

His words to live by for our 3x3 Twenty Questions feature: "Life is short, filled with stuff, I don't know what for..." - Lux Interior. Lux, the founding member of the legendary garage punk band, The Cramps, died suddenly in February 2009, aged 62. I didn't think much about the words at the time, obviously I was thinking he had skirted something major but in fact he was reminding us of something we don't think about enough. Life is short.

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