The shortlist, comprised of the 5 top nominees in each of the 22 categories of the DTA, represents not only the most creative and innovative designers, customizers, manufacturers and champions of the Designer Toy Movement; but also trendsetters on a global level.
There are two categories of the DTA: Board Voted Awards and Community Choice Awards. The shortlist of nominees for the Community Choice Awards was selected by fans around the world. Over the past 2 months, 3,000 designer toy aficionados voted for their favorites in each of 9 categories.
"We’re overwhelmed by the amount of public participation in the voting process,” says Miranda O’Brien, Editor-in-Chief of Clutter Magazine. “Their picks represent a new wave in the Art Toy Community and will help make the Designer Toy Awards a huge milestone for the movement.”
The shortlist of nominees for the Board Voted Awards was selected by the 49 A-list art toy stars of the DTA Board of Judges. The international Board of industry luminaries including Paul Budnitz, Ron English, Frank Kozik and Tara McPherson, to name a few, are also currently reviewing the shortlist in every category to determine the winners. The winners will be revealed at a live ceremony beginning at 9:30pm on Thursday, July 21st at the infamous Munky King The Black Ball party during San Diego Comic Con 2011.
"When voting, I looked for unique qualities of design, something that was coming out of nowhere, someone who pushed inspiration." said artist and illustrator Pete Fowler, DTA Board Member and designer of “The Toy King” DTA award.
"When voting, basically I focused on what sensibilities about the specific piece drew me into it and which one would I want in my own collection, sitting on my shelf. I thought about the toy I would want to buy." said Tara McPherson, artist and DTA Board Member.
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