Calling All Art + Tech Creatives: The OPPO Renovators 2021 Project Is Underway!

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08.18.21 | By
Calling All Art + Tech Creatives: The OPPO Renovators 2021 Project Is Underway!

About OPPO and Renovators Project
Although the fields of art and technology initially seem very different, they are often intertwined in the design world. OPPO, a leading global brand in smart devices, believe that it is this intersection of art and technology that the most promising, creative, and innovative ideas are formed, which is why they launched the OPPO Renovators Project (named after OPPO’s Reno mobile phone series). Also known as the OPPO Emerging Artists Project, the Renovators Project is now in its third year seeking talent and designers to showcase their creativity and out-of-the-box thinking through this year’s theme, Light. The 2021 Renovators Project is currently underway and the deadline to submit is August 29, 2021, so get your entries in today!

About OPPO Renovators 2021
Light has long been a symbol of positivity, love, hope, and illumination. These motifs have continually served as inspiration for the lighting designs and designers we’ve featured on Design Milk, which is why we’re excited to see the ideas that will emerge from the young designers of this generation through Renovators 2021. The project includes two professional categories: Art Tech and Art Toy. Under Art Tech, artists and designers can submit their ideas that explore the fusion of art and technology. Under Art Toy, participants have the opportunity to reimagine OPPO’s mascot, Ollie-the virtual guardian of young artists’ dreams, in the form of a collectible designer toy. A third category called Portrait Capture encourages creative enthusiasts to submit their human stories as told through portrait images or videos.

Front, Side and Back View of Ollie

Why the Art Toy Category
Here on Design Milk, we’ve featured artists and designers who create objet d’art that don’t fall under traditional categories like furniture or lighting. A toy is just that, a fun and exciting opportunity to explore one’s creativity and unique expression through an alternative format. OPPO Renovators’ Art Toy category is the chance for young designers and emerging talent to flex their creative muscles and showcase their innovative thinking in their redesign of Ollie.

Space Ollie from OPPO Renovators 2020

Your benefits of Joining OPPO Renovators 2021
While the winning designers will receive awards and generous cash prizes, there are other beneficial reasons for entering, including extended publicity through global exhibitions like London Design Festival and Dubai World Expo, as well as global online exhibitions. Participants can also be contracted by OPPO to further realize their creative ideas as official OPPO designers. Last but not least, you’ll also gain valuable feedback from the renowned artists and designers who make up this year’s judging panel, which includes international designer Kashiwa Sato, video art creator Gary Hill, audiovisual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa, and branding consultant Tommy Li.

Art and technology will continue to go hand in hand when it comes to design. There are no boundaries of creativity when it comes to art, and through technology, the ideas of art are made possible. We’re excited to see the results of OPPO Renovators 2021 because if there is a generation that has the least amount of limitations when it comes to either fields, it’s this generation of artists and designers.

Submissions close on August 29, 2021 so enter your designs here today.

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