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Recap: : HOW Design Live & Pixels of Fury Boston

We wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who attended HOW Design Live and helped make our time there a smashing success!

We're glad that many of you had a chance to stop by and chat with us at our booth (amidst the flurry of fascinating workshops, talks, studio tours and receptions). We love this conference because it gives us the chance to connect face-to-face with you: the designers, illustrators, editors, photographers and other creatives who make our community, and the design community at large, a truly inspiring place to work and play.

The highlight of the weekend was the special event we hosted on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at The Estate in Boston, MA. Over 500 friends, fans, and partners attended the party we co-hosted with Bigstock and AIGA Boston to mix, mingle, and get inspired. The centerpiece of the party was Pixels of Fury, a live design tournament that pitted top designers from around the country against each other to see who would take home the glory, bragging rights, and, of course, our fabled trophy, the Furious Pixel:

The Furious Pixel
The Furious Pixel

The challenge: six competitors used imagery from Shutterstock Instant, fonts from Monotype Imaging, a dose of quick thinking, and mountains of design skill (not to mention a heaping helping of encouragement from the rapt and rowdy crowd), to design a poster that inspired the audience to action... with only 20 intense minutes to push those pixels to perfection! With three rounds, and a winner chosen via live SMS text voting, the heat was definitely on. If you haven't already, check out our recap video at the top of the post for a taste of the intensity (and the fun).

Congratulations to Justin Hattingh, a rockstar designer and AIGA Boston member who made his home-town proud, winning two intense rounds to claim the Furious Pixel as his own!

Here's a winning poster he created during the festivities that helped propel him to victory:

PoF_Boston_Round2_Winner_Justin-Hattingh
PoF_Boston_Round2_Winner_Justin-Hattingh

Like what you see? Pixels of Fury may be coming to a town near you. Check here for more info.
Of course, it wouldn't have been a Shutterstock party without one of our storied Photo Booths.

Here are some snaps our Pixels of Fury contestants took, post-Fury:

Justin Hattingh & The Furious Pixel
Justin Hattingh & The Furious Pixel
The Pixels of Fury Competitors, Post-Fury
The Pixels of Fury Competitors, Post-Fury

Click here to find and tag pics of you and your friends at your most fabulous (or Furious).

Thanks for all the memories... we can't wait to see you next year!

- The Shutterstock Team

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