Graphics launch in cyberspace

The world’s first graphic design competition on the Internet is being held by a Japanese computer company with prize money totalling more than 21 000.

Fujitsu is collaborating with NEST, which operates the Internet home page From Japan Gallery, and G-Search, Fujitsu’s primary database distributor, in staging the contest with the theme “Love Mother Earth”.

“We hope this [theme] will be an opportunity for both artists and art lovers to transcend the ordinary boundaries of nationality, religion and race,” say the organisers. Participants can also enter work of their own choosing under a “free theme” option.

Ten international designers including Alan Fletcher will be on the judging panel. Entries will be accepted from 1 June, when work by 60 leading designers from 19 countries will be shown on the 1996 Internet Graphic Design Competition home page at http://park.org/Japan/Fujitsu/1996igdc/. Deadline for submissions is 31 October. For information, e-mail nest@mb.infoweb.or.jp.

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