August 28th, 2017
Yesterday, August 27th, was the last day to submit your entries for Designer Schwag challenge on CGTrader. Those who submitted their work are definitely eager to learn the winners and we surely don’t want to keep you all in the unknown, so here is a quick update on what is going to happen now.
As the challenge is a bit more tricky than usual, there is an inevitably longer process associated and a few steps we need to complete before announcing the winners. We have received over 500 submissions, many of which in the last days of the competition, and though a number of 3D models have been reviewed throughout the competition, the latest submissions still need to be checked. As we have promised, those who entered the competition before the deadline, will be evaluated and even given a bit of time to re-submit assets if some technical problems are noticed.
August 11th, 2017
From the end of May till the 1 st of August bloggers around the world were challenged to think about designing for the future. From fashion to architecture, from graphic design to brands or products - everyone working and interested in different fields had been welcomed and could participate in the contest organized by CGTrader. The task was simple and yet required going deeper into the field of interest, provide insights and make own inferences. A number of bloggers joined the contest “Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now” and we had a truly hard time selecting the best ones. So after all these reviews, we are now happy to announce the winners of the contest and share the best of the best blog posts with you.
The 1 st place of our blogging contest is awarded to Garette Johnson, an artist and trend analyst. Garette’s fields of interest as well as her professional experiences are extremely wide, so her interesting inferences and broader multidisciplinary approach to analyzing any specific tendency should not be surprising. And that is what caught our attention so much. In her blog post, Garette linked together ideas of global citizenship, current trend of blurring line between homes and offices, the concept of non- and third-places, entertainment and retail to present key trends in travel hubs architecture. In a concise but deep article, she speaks about six major changes in society which are going to influence changes in place design the most. Some of the predictions may seem unreal, but all of them are indeed well grounded and gives food for further thought. Thanks to Garette for all the insights and we invite you all to read her article here.
It wasn’t an easy choice between the 1 st and 2nd place, either. Deborah Main, the 2nd place winner of the blogging contest, has grabbed the attention from the very beginning as well because of an unexpected point of view towards “what is trend” in general touching upon very important aspect of trend adoption and human nature of actually sticking to what they like no matter what and the very basic needs that no trends can influence. Deborah gives us an introduction about what trends are in general and why some things, for instance minimalism, could not be considered as the one. Looking from the perspective of an experienced 60-year-old, Deborah talks about demographic changes in the society and how those will affect home design. After a short discussion on design trends currently seen, she gives us four future predictions. The article is full of amazing insights from the industry experts, but her own strong beliefs and links made are just admirable. This is a long read, but time flies fast when you read Deborah’s article. We invite you to also check it here.
Speaking of the 3rd place winning blog post, it is a talent to talk about details and cover the full spectrum of the issues in the field that is so enhancing. Even if you are not a graphic designer yourself or a big fan of the field, you are still likely to get consumed by the post, just like by a good advertisement or movie. Using light writing style, he talks about graphic design trends which are happening today and how they will evolve in the near future. Just like the previous winners, Basir gives us a clearly structured post full of facts, which give the answers to the questions about what and why things are changing exactly in the way they are.
Even if our duty was to find only the people worth winning the competition, there are three more posts we highly recommend reading as it would be just a shame not to share it. Having a broad topic gave bloggers a chance to write whatever they want to discuss, and that is why there are so many great reviews. When a person has speaks about the issues that really interests him or her, it is impossible for something to be boring. So, don’t miss the following three as well:
Blogpost about presentation trends by Stephanie Fulton
A non-conformist view towards landscape and architecture by Benjamid Boyd
Design-marketing trends by Clar Lynch
Thank you all for sharing your opinions about the design trends! If predictions come true, the future will be indeed interesting. We are looking forward to seeing you in other challenges and if you want to read more of the submissions – just check #designingforthefuture on Twitter!
August 2nd, 2017
We have some great news for you - the deadlines for the two challenges currently running on CGTrader, Designer Schwag and Sports & Hobbies, have been prolonged! This means that you now have a bit more time to model and then, if we send some feedback on technical issues, tweak the 3D models.
June 28th, 2017
You might have already spotted the new design challenge on CGTrader - 3D Challenge: Designer Schwag and wondered, what’s the deal with those pretty straightforward model requirements. This challenge is something a bit more than a regular competition and a chance to model something amazing that would impress fellow designers or those likely to put your model to an interesting new use. With this challenge, CGTrader wants to give our 3D community of artists access to a new group of creatives - 2D designers.
June 12th, 2017
Sometimes it feels like time just flies by – just a few weeks ago I invited a friend to take a chance and try his luck in CGTrader’s Real-life Objects PBR Challenge, and here it is already over and we need to announce the winners. After looking through more than 800 models submitted for this challenge, CGTrader team, together with partners from Quixel, Marmoset, 3D-Coat and Dosch Design, had quite a hard time to decide on only a few winning entries, but here they are - the best of the best in the two categories.