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Shift’s 2004 Calendar is now ready. The aim of the calendar project was to provide up-and-coming creators a calendar as a medium to let them express their creativity. We invited all Shift readers to submit works for the competition. This year, over 500 pieces were submitted, eclipsing last year’s total. From the 500, twelve works have been selected and the calendar/art book is now ready.

The 12 works below are the pieces which will be used in the Calendar. Please have a look and enjoy the comments from each creator.

Magnus Voll Mathiassen (Norway)

Magnus is a 24 year old student, studying visual communication at Kunsthogskolen in Bergen (Norway). Beside working on my master-degree, I am also working in the nice design collective Grandpeople with two good friends, Lille-Magnus and Christian. I Work in the fields of illustration and graphic design and often create a combination of both. Plus running a non-profit label called Beate Samleplate.

Work Description: As I have become more and more involved in this profession, the word “creative” always pops up in conversations and texts. But truly creative abilities is what lies in children’s imagination and play. What we make is only bleached copies of this. The keyword is to have fun, despite how cliche it must sound. Don´t be a businessman – be a businesskid. Something like that.

Michael Moser (Germany)

Michael Moser is the owner and head of “Mlein Press” – a studio that publishes typografic books and creates typografic solutions. The studio has existed since march 2002 in Munich, Germany. In 2003 the young “2 men studio” got some good news by getting the certificate of typografic excellence from the TDC in New York, and to be mentioned in the annual book of the Tokyo TDC as excellent work. YEAH!

Work Description: A free typografic experiment. Trying to create a tension between the child- like drawing and the typografie wich sourrounds it…

Judy Chan (Hong Kong/New Zealand)

An 18 year-old Day-dreamer. I was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to New Zealand when I was nine. I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphics Design at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland.

Work Description: Art is evoked from emotions. This is what I have always believed in. This work originated from an oil-painting I did as a meditation for myself during a tough time I had to go through this year. The concept of this artwork originated from the idea of origami. I found the folding marks very interesting when I had unfolded a piece of very beautiful origami I created. It appeared complicated but rather raw and charming, revealing shades and lights on a piece of white paper. But I question whether others can reverse it back to the original form again by following the fold marks? Fold me back.

Severine Scaglia (France)

I was born in the pretty town of Maisons-Laffitte. I’m an illustrator, 26 years old, and I am a freelance worker for the press and magazine industry in Paris.

Work Description: I draw Bilou while alone in my room. I was very sad because nobody wanted to go to the Blue Oyster Cult concert with me. I was desperate and depressed when suddenly my old friend’s illustrator called me. We began to drink some beer together, talked about the past, family, friends, love… and then, Bilou appeared… yip yip yip: I was happy.

Aleksandra Nina Knezevic (Bosnia&Herzegovina)

Graphic designer. B.A. from the Academy of Art (Montenegro). I work in Statusdesign studio in Sarajevo (Bosnia) as the art director. Freelance designer.
Skills> Solid layout, typography and illustration. Experience initiating, researching, designing and developing projects. Solid understanding of web design, usability and navigation systems. Experience in design through production and final output of printed material. Member of ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) and ULUPUBIH.

Work Description: The title of the work is “Future” which came to me after the completion of the work. Just like in the begining of everything, straight lines remind us of something familiar. Known to us, simple and monotonous, but as soon as we go a little bit off that road everything becomes unknown and unfamiliar. Abstract, as the many lines interlace with each other and make a new form. That form is thought of as the Future.

Catrin Altenbrandt (Germany)

Born 1978. Student at Hochschule Fuer Gestaltung Offenbach/Germany.

Work Description: The work is called “Wir trafen uns in einem garten…” which means “We met in a garden…” inspired by the song of a German band. The plants shown in this image are no real plants, they are computer generated. it is part of a series of pictures which I’m still working on.

Hajime Tsunashima (Japan)

Hajime is a Tokyo based designer. He does freelance work in graphic design, illustration and web design under the name of Regina” with another person.

Work Description: The theme of this work is “mind”. It expresses the process through which thought, imagination, memory, fantasy and reason are mixed and stored in a spatial image.

Leo Denis Norgren (Sweden)

Leo was Born in Stockholm, Sweden 1971 and received a BA in Graphic Design at Forsbergs School of Graphic Design, Stockholm. He was previously employed at Electrolux Industrial Design Center, Stockholm and has his own studio in Stockholm where he works with Print/Art direction. He is part of the Design Collective IS.

Work Description: A fragment from rendering a heavy illustration. Experimental-vector-landscape-fragment-photographed-analogy. Black lines-dots-between-heavy-thin-random-repeated-dream-eyes. It’s about process really. I was experimenting with some fucked up vectors and recorded the rendering process on the screen. I ended up photographing the screen with a large format camera. Foundation; b/w lines 1 dimensional landscape drawing.

Adam Rush (USA)

Adam has a background in architecture. His works focus on the cross pollination of design, music and the arts through mixed media and live performance, to bring together the different platforms of expression into a single fluid movement. Finished works are pieces of a process, the final piece itself being only the excuse to begin.

Work Description: Work explores pixel/vector relationships developed as a generator of information.

Maiko Kuzunishi & Ness Higson (USA)

Maiko is a part-time realist and a fulltime dreamer. She loves commas, Rupert Sheldrake and Wasabi green peas. She works at MK12 and independently as Decoylab.
A day in the belly of Ness. Start off with conceptual thinking. Add some french films and a pinch of tasteful typography. Mix in the Big Easy, work by Tibor Kalman, music by DJ Krush and voila! You’ll have a glimpse of someone who is always hungry.

Work Description: A little something the two of us cooked up. Enjoy.

Juliana Scapucin (Brazil)

Juliana is 26 years old and lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She graduated in advertising at Universidade Federal do Parana and got a post-graduate degree in Graphic Design at the Escola de Belas Artes de Sao Paulo, Juliana has worked in ad agencies and media companies as a web designer. Currently she is working as a freelance graphic designer at the fashion and entertainment group AMP, producing printed and electronic media as well as fabric and T-shirt prints.

Work Description: This image represents a bright and joyful summer day in Brazil.

Nobuyuki Kikushima (Japan)

Nobuyuki was born in 1976. He graduated from Waseda University where he studied politics and economy. Currently, he is working for an advertising agency as a designer.

Work Description: The theme was free so I didn’t think of anything special and created it from the feelings of daily life that were in my head. Recently, I like more organic things rather than solid stuff, so this art work reflects it a little I guess.

Shift 2004 Calendar
Size: 210 x 210 (mm)
Pages: 28 pages
Price: 1300 yen
Publisher: Shift Production Limited, Japan

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