Industrial and Architectural Designers Will Go Head-to-Head in Live Competition in Las Vegas December 3 and 4. The nation's top designers are entering a new dimension—a third one, to be exact. Cut&Paste (www.cutandpaste.com) is bringing its live, on-stage competition to Autodesk University, the world's largest gathering of designers, engineers and Autodesk customers worldwide, in Las Vegas this December, but this time around, competing teams will be working in 3D. Contestants in the AU Design Slam, powered by Cut&Paste, will use the latest in 3D software, including Autodesk Maya, AliasStudio, SketchBook Pro, and Revit Architecture software for an unprecedented competition. Inspired by the global success of Cut&Paste's annual Digital Design Tournament—which brings designers from around the world to compete in live, on-stage competitions—the AU Design Slam marks Cut&Paste’s first foray into 3D technology, an element they’re introducing to their 2009 global, 16-city tour. The live event will showcase contestant teams as they create original designs in rounds of 20 minutes. The fast-paced format tests their skill, speed and stage presence, all while an audience of more than 8,000 thousand watches them produce their work in real-time on large-scale projectors. Not only does the AU Design Slam promise to be a heart-pounding contest of slick computer tricks, quick-witted design, and high-energy showmanship in digital industrial design and architecture, but the teams will break new ground in digital Industrial Design and Architecture. Competitors were drawn from the nation's top industrial design and architecture firms, and the event will be judged by industry experts, including: Tatjana Dzambazova, Autodesk; Frank Tyneski, IDSA; Gray Holland, Alchemy Labs; and Jay Shuster, Pixar. The AU Design Slam kicks off on December 3, when twelve competitors—working in teams of two—will compete in preliminary rounds. The competition will culminate with the finals, which will take place at the AU Final Night Party on Thursday, December 4.
by Joseph Wurcher November 25, 2008 1:30 pm