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d*s scholarship: VOTE

time has slipped away from me and i just realized i've got to get my scholarship funds to the hard-working students who applied to the contest. the applicants are about to graduate so in the interest of time i've decided to forgoe the podcast portion of the scholarship and instead let the students' work speak for itself. today i'll be introducing you to the top 13 finalists and letting everyone vote on who YOU think should win the first ever d*s scholarship. i'll be giving away $3,500 in scholarship funds (saved over the last year from d*s ad revenue) so please vote for whoever you think is the most promising design student. VOTING WILL END ON FRIDAY MORNING AT 8 AM- whoever receives the most votes will be our first place winner (with a prize of $2k). second place will be the student with the second highest votes and so on...so, meet the final 13! [contestants are arranged in alphabetical order]


[University of Alabama Book Arts Program, 2nd year MFA Candidate]

  • Click here to read about Sarah's goals as an artist and find what she would do with the D*S Scholarship award.
  • Click here to vote for Sarah.
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    [Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Furniture Design Undergraduate, Sr.]

  • Click here to see more of Heidi's work and view her full website.
  • Click here to vote for Heidi.
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    [1st Year Graduate Stduent, RISD]

  • Click here to see a wide selection of Felice's work.
  • Click here to vote for Felice.
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    [1st Year Graduate Student, The Ohio State University]

  • Click here to see a wide selection of Guy's work.
  • Click here to vote for Guy.
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    [NYU Freshman in Fall 2007]

  • Click here to see more of Emma's work and read about her goals as an artist.
  • Click here to vote for Emma.
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    [San Francisco State University, Art Major (painting emphasis), Senior]

  • Click here to see more of Anna's work and read about her goals as an artist.
  • Click here to vote for Anna.
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    [Ringling School of Art and Design, Senior Illustration major]

  • Click here and here to see more of Emily's work.
  • Click here to vote for Emily.
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    [Junior Industrial Design Major, RISD]

  • Click here to see more of Andrew's work.
  • Click here to vote for Andrew.
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    [School of Visual Arts, MFA Design, 2nd year]

  • Click here to see more of Rebecca's work.
  • Click here to vote for Rebecca.
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    [Massachusetts College of Art, Graphic Design Certificate Program, 2nd year]

  • Click here to see more of Leila's work.
  • Click here to vote for Leila.
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    [Rhode Island School of Design- Textiles Dept, Graduate Student]

  • Click here to see more of Chriss' work.
  • Click here to vote for Chriss.
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    [University of North Carolina @ Charlotte (UNCC) Architecture–Sophomore]

  • Click here to see more of Richard's work.
  • Click here to vote for Richard.
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    [Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Program in Textiles-1st year]

  • Click here to see more of Natalie's work.
  • Click here to vote for Natalie.
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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    is it working? i press the 'done' button on surveymonkey.com but don't get any confirmation… just get sent to the surveymonkey.com main page.

    9:21 AM  
    Blogger design*sponge said...

    sorry, fixed that. votes were recorded but the exit page was missing.


    9:34 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love that you have this scholarship program. With all the money funneling away from the arts these days it's real nice to see. And I loved seeing a Ringling student on the list as well (being a Ringling grad myself).

    Thanks again!

    9:38 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great great work! It's amazing that these are students. I'm happy to see so many Risdees!

    9:44 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what a range of talents!

    how are we supposed to choose? is the money supposed to be applied to their studies? or are you we going on what our gut tells us? undergraduates pitted against second year grads makes this a really tough call.

    but perhaps i am always cheering for the underdog…

    9:46 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What an amazing line-up!

    9:52 AM  
    Blogger design*sponge said...


    choose whoever you think is the most promising :)

    the scholarship link (in the post above) provides a detailed explanation of the scholarship and the awards (dsscholarship.blogspot.com)

    in summary though: the money goes to the artist for whatever purpose they choose. i'm not a fan of scholarships being limited to tuition, boarding, etc. artists have costs that don't fit into neat boxes and i trust the winners to use their prize for whatever they think best benefits their work.


    9:53 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love that you let the artists choose how to spend their scholarship. Funds were tight when I was in art school-sometimes it limited the materials that I worked with. (Sometimes it was good, sometimes bad!)

    Voting was tough, there are a lot of talented people represented.

    10:15 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    so exciting!! what a great idea.
    i think the images under RICHARD SOUTH are actually ANDREW HAARSAGER's works?

    not sure but i just did a double take as i scrolled down...

    10:18 AM  
    Blogger mod*mom said...

    i like natalie's fun wallpaper, + pendant light + shag rug

    10:28 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Natalie's work is so full of character and down-home sincerity. I can't wait to see more of her latest work!

    12:38 PM  
    Blogger ** Terramia ** said...

    Wow, I mean how can you make a choice or even narrow down the field? Everyone is so talented in their own way! What a fabulous idea to offer such a program...

    12:46 PM  
    Blogger atomique47 said...

    Wow lots of RISD.. no SCAD love?

    Thanks so much for having this scholarship. It's a wonderful idea and I know, as an art school alum, that it's tough to make ends meet

    5:09 PM  
    Blogger Tammy said...

    I won't say whom I voted for :) but I will say that, for me, the litmus test was "If I could, would I take this and put it in my home straight away?"

    But really all the contenders are marvellous. It's inspiring to see so much talent out there, and it's wonderful that you're giving them this financial leg up.

    5:16 PM  
    Blogger annie said...

    i had such a hard time choosing who to vote for, everyone is very talented :)

    5:44 PM  
    Blogger what said...

    I think this is such an excellent idea and you've found such wonderful talent.

    It was very hard to choose, I went back and forth between 2...but finally made a decision. I can't wait to see who wins!

    7:06 PM  
    Blogger Catherine Chandler said...

    I wish there were some metal arts students in there!!!

    8:39 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you for supporting the arts!!! And the artist ARE amazing--love seeing all the different kinds of talents out there-------but the print of the BIBI calendar by Felice....has to be the warmest and sweetest.........thanks

    9:11 PM  
    Blogger alice said...

    so many talented artists you have featured. it's so great that you are doing this. keep up the good work everyone. it's very inspiring =)

    12:22 AM  
    Blogger alyson. said...

    oh you have so many wonderful artists, I thought it was going to be really hard to choose, until I spotted the work of Emily Dove Gross. being a gig poster artist myself, I simply had to support her. and her illustration is lovely!

    8:17 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am torn between two - I love Haarsager's work for its inventivness and Wright's for its fantastic use of colour and motif. I will try to vote!

    9:08 AM  
    Blogger Caroline Armijo said...

    This is an amazing group of artists. I will say that I am a sucker for illustrators. I am with Alyson...

    10:24 AM  
    Blogger b said...

    I'm secreting happy for the RISD students...[: ok, not a secret anymore, but good job RISD kids!

    VOTE FOR HEIDI CHO! she's my frienddd....

    12:30 PM  
    Blogger design*sponge said...

    I'm glad everyone's enjoying the scholarship finalists so far!


    12:37 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    will you post who won?

    7:29 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you for coming up with the idea of the scholarship - and for showcasing such a wonderful group of artists.

    I wish all of them could win.


    8:58 PM  
    Blogger design*sponge said...


    yes, on friday. just check the top post from this day :)


    7:04 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anna's work is really beautiful in person. The tiny representation on the screen hides so much detail. I can only imagine how glorious the other work is in real life.

    10:55 PM  

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