The View From 32


SEPTEMBER 10, 2007  

Cut & Paste

Designers sometimes see themselves as loners and usually think of their work in pretty unglamorous terms. Well, prepare to have those assumptions challenged. Cut & Paste sponsors live, head-to-head digital design competitions in front of large audiences. The first Cut & Paste in New York City attracted 850 spectators. It was followed in 2006 by a series of four competitions, one each in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

This video from the very first C&P will give you a good sense of what it's about:

Major League Eating logoIn a world that boasts an International Federation of Competitive Eaters (IFOCE) and its more aggressively marketed Major Leage Eating "sports franchise," competition among designers seems inevitable. Heck, recently the professional organization AIGA had what they called a Graphic Design Reality Show featuring students competing in front of a live audience. So I guess it's an idea whose time has come.

At least it seems a whole lot healthier than eating 71 tamales in 12 minutes (a new MLE world record).

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You wanna know what?

Yesterday I got the search function working on the homepage and today I eagerly hit the "Reports" link to see what people had searched for.

Here's the very first report:

Screenshot of search report

Hmm. Not sure what to make of this.

I tried a few searches of my own, and can tell you that if you're interested in maps you've come to the right website: 146 hits. See what you can find: go back to the homepage and search for something you're interested in.

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