Designed on Surface: a project for artists around the globe


Designed on Surface is a project with big focus on collaboration with artists and it has a catch. The artists get to create murals embodying people or places that inspire them with the help of the latest Microsoft devices, for example the Surface. Microsoft sees this mix of art and technology as an opportunity to bring various communities together.

Over the course of the past 5 weeks, a total of 17 cities in 12 countries have participated. Those cities are: Melbourne, Sydney, Brussels, Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Shibuya, Lisbon, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Madrid, Taipei, Austin, New York, and Long Beach.

All the murals were created by local graffiti artists and were based on a theme that most people following Microsoft should recognize – Do great things. The challenge presented to the artists was to interpret this theme in their own unique way. A few artists that participated were Persue, Odeith, Wonderlust, Frankie Cihi, Ink and Clog, Jasper Wong, and many more.

The mural you can see below was created by Persue.


Over the past few months, Microsoft had a chance to meet with a multitude of artists and found out 2 important things that an artist utilizing technology needs: a precise form of input & a rich set of creative software. This makes Surfaces easily one of the best candidates for a device that they would seek as Surfaces are mobile, lightweight and capable of running resource intensive software like Adobe CC or Manga Studio. Of course, there’s also the Surface Pen which is a must-have tool for just about every artist out there.

To check out more of what the artists have created, you can head to the home of Designed on Surface.

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