Colossal’s Creator and Editor, Christopher Jobson, was recently interviewed by the National Endowment of the Arts as part of their Art Works Blog.
Asked to describe why he started Colossal, Jobson says:
Colossal was born from a lack of creativity and inspiration in my own life. I had been working for years as a web designer in a role that was personally unfulfilling and was unsure of what to do about it. As a way to expose myself to new ideas in art and design, I started the blog as a way to catalog and share the interesting things I encountered around the web. Three years later it’s still going and has completely taken over my life.
I want Colossal to be a place where anyone, from any background, can discover art and aspects of visual culture that are interesting, fun, and approachable. To that end I shy away from criticism and interpretation and instead provide as many resources as possible for visitors to learn more on their own. I want to share art as it is, without justification.
Read the entire interview at arts.gov/art-works.
We’d like to congratulate Colossal, winner of the Best Arts Coverage category at the Utne Media Awards! Utne Reader has been publishing for 24 years and functions as a guide to the alternative and independent press.
There were 36 nominees for the 2013 season. The winners in each category were announced at the Magazine Publishers of America’s Independent Magazine Media Conference in New Orleans in May and published in Utne’s July/August 2013 issue.
Quarterly Co. is an online service designed to send subscribers four packages a year from their carefully curated lists of influential contributors. Quarterly Co. was founded by Zach Frechette, the co-founder and former editor of GOOD.
Since it’s start, the innovative subscription service has delivered packages from contributors like Felix Salmon, Alexis Ohanian (of reddit and hipmunk fame), recording artist Pharell Williams and now Colossal’s Christopher Jobson will be joining the list.
Frechette set out to create a service that could more effectively reach his audience and with a $25 per package, he has surely delivered. He states, “We hope Quarterly.co can be a bridge between the digital and the tangible. We purposely used the subscription metaphor because we don’t want it to feel like shopping. It’s a content experience: Each package comes with a personal letter.”
You can check out Christopher Jobson’s contributor page to get updates and clues to what he’ll be sending to his lucky subscribers.
Colossal, which was recently ranked one of the “Top 100 blogs on the Internet” by Technorati, has been getting some high profile attention on Twitter lately.
Including a shout out by actor, singer, and director, beloved Dr. Doogie himself, Neil Patrick Harris.
Fellow actor, Ashton Kutcher, seems to be a fan of Colossal as well. Recently Kutcher shared one of Colossal’s posts on an ongoing series of portraits by New York artist Kumi Yamashita.
Most recently, famed film critic, Roger Ebert, shared Colossal’s post about street artist ‘Bored’ who turned Chicago sidewalks into an alternative Monopoly game. A twitter share from the man who’s reviews won him a Pulitzer Prize, we’d say that’s pretty cool.
Colossal is a blog that explores the intersection of art, design, and craft. During any given week you can find about twenty posts on everything from photography, art, and architecture to drawing, animation and street art. Creator and editor Christopher Jobson is very selective in choosing what he shares on Colossal. His goal was to create a blog that was accessible to everyone, not just those directly involved with the arts. We’d say he is succeeding in that goal.
To our friends at Colossal, keep rocking the Twittersphere!
We are excited to report that Colossal has been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Art category!
Presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, The Webby Awards has been called the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times and is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
Established in 1996, the 16th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. Winners will be announced on May 1st and all nominees will be honored at a ceremony hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt on May 21st in New York City.
Colossal is being honored alongside some other great art sites like Walker Art Center‘s ambitious new museum site and the immense Google Art Project.
If you are a fan of Colossal, you can vote in the Webby People’s Voice Awards until April 26th. (You need to register with an email or use your Twitter or Facebook account to login)
Congratulations to Christopher Jobson, the creator and editor of Colossal for the well deserved attention and recognition of his work on the site over the past two years.