Launched in 2010 by writer and curator Christopher Jobson, Colossal is one of the largest visual art, design, and culture blogs on the web reaching an audience of 2-3 million visitors every month. We pride ourselves in celebrating the work of both established and emerging artists across a vast field of creative endeavors, featuring 5,000+ articles on fine art, crafts, design, animation, photography, street art, illustration, and architecture. We also explore the beauty of the natural world at the intersection of art and science.
Over the last seven years we’ve been honored with accolades by The National Endowment for the Arts, TED, PBS, and appearances in Apple and Google commercials. Colossal won the UTNE Media Award for Arts Coverage in 2013, and was nominated for a Webby.
Fascinated by visual culture across a wide-range of disciplines and committed to making art engaging for everyone, Christopher launched Colossal as a personal blog in the fall of 2010. Somewhat blindsided by the publication’s success, he soon left his day job to run the site full-time and began contributing to publications such as Wired Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, Mental Floss, Slate, Designboom and Quartz. He has also worked on a number of collaborations and curatorial projects including Banksy’s Dismaland, the Sketchbook Project, and Lost Arts. In 2017 Christopher achieved his ultimate goal of being quoted by Beyoncé. He studied design, art, and writing at Columbia College and lives in Chicago with his wife, son, dog, and kite collection.
Editor & Contributing Writer
Kate Sierzputowski is a freelance writer and curator based in Chicago. Fascinated by artists’ studio processes, she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN to physically explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago’s emerging and established artists. In addition to writing for Colossal, Kate also contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, the Chicago Reader, and Teen Vogue, is a co-director of the artist-run gallery space Julius Caesar, and is half of the curatorial duo Episode with Mary Eleanor Wallace. You can follow studio explorations, gallery visits, and other peaks into Chicago’s terrain on Twitter and Instagram.
Johnny Strategy was born in Brooklyn but moved to Japan a year later. He spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in Tokyo. He returned to the U.S. for college where he studied art and art history. He writes about Japanese art and design at Spoon & Tamago and is also an art consultant specializing in Asian art. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.
Laura Staugaitis manages The Colossal Shop and special projects at Colossal. Despite growing up in rural upstate New York, Laura was raised with an intense appreciation of arts and culture and studied fine art at Williams College. She has worked with a wide range of creative startups in Chicago and Denver. She currently resides in Chicago. You can follow her on Instagram.
The Colossal identity and website were designed with loving attention to detail by Armin Vit. The site is set in fonts from Hoefler & Co including Ringside and Sentinel. We’re proudly hosted by Media Temple with additional server support by Data Folk Labs. All advertising inquiries are handled by Nectar Ads. Bio portraits by Lui Ferreyra.
Press, Interviews, Kind Words
Banksy’s New Apocalyptic Theme Park Is Designed to Disappoint —Hyperallergic, August 20, 2015
Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2015 —New City, March 19, 2015
“Colossal is nothing short of a must-visit…” —Christie’s, January 13, 2015
Colossal: Made on Media Temple —Media Temple, May 29, 2014
Artist Spotlight: Colossal’s Christopher Jobson —ARTifacts, The Art Institute of Chicago, May 15, 2014
A Colossal Success —Demo Magazine, Columbia College, May, 2014
The Top 100 Websites of 2013 —PC Magazine, January 2, 2014
The Eye-Popping Images on Colossal Will Make Art Lovers of Us All —Fast Company, November 18, 2013
8 Questions with Christopher Jobson, Creator of Colossal —Bucketfeet, November 4, 2013
Site of the Week —BBC Radio 6 Music (1:18:45), October 22, 2013
Art Talk with Christopher Jobson of Colossal —National Endowment for the Arts, September 18, 2013
Art and Science: Three Blogs You Should Follow —Science in Society, Northwestern University, August 20th, 2013
Friday Five with Christopher Jobson —Design Milk, May 10, 2013
Colossal Joins Quarterly —Faesthetic, May 9, 2013
Q&A With Four Mighty Art Blogs —Scene 360, April 26, 2013
100 Websites You Should Know and Use —TED, April 2, 2013
Colossal Nominated for the 2013 Utne Media Awards —Utne Reader, March 22, 2013
Interview with Christopher Jobson —From the Desk Of…, March 15, 2013
Art Blogger Behind ‘Colossal’ Branches Out —Michigan Avenue Magazine, October, 2012
I’m Christopher Jobson, and This Is How I Work —Lifehacker, September 19, 2012
On the Red Couch with Colossal’s Christopher Jobson —Inside Flipboard, August 28, 2012
Interview: Christopher Jobson of Colossal —Live Fast Magazine, August 23, 2012
“One of our favorite art blogs.” —The Hairpin, August 8, 2012
Apple iPad Ad (0:03) —Apple, August 7, 2012
Guest Curator at Artist a Day —June 2012
Virtual Curators: Maria Popova and Christopher Jobson use their voracious appetites for social media to educate the masses on art, design, and culture. —Dwell Magazine, May 2012
One of the ‘Top 100 Blogs on the Internet’ —Technorati
“Loving the blog Colossal. Artistic, smart, and inspiring.” —Neil Patrick Harris, April 24, 2012
Guest Curator: Christopher Jobson, Creator Of Colossal, Selects His Favorites —Saatchi Online, April 9, 2012
Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson —Art21/PBS, March 8, 2012
The ‘Cliffs Notes Web’ Has Won —The Atlantic, February 22, 2012
Magical Long-Exposure Firefly Photos Go Viral —Raw File, Wired.com, February 21, 2012
Dots Obliterate the Internet —Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, February 10, 2012
Google Currents Ad (0:57) —Google, December 8, 2011
An Interview with the Creator of Colossal —Hyperallergic, November 25, 2011
Site of the Day —Nylon Magazine, August 29, 2011
Content Curator: Christopher Jobson at Colossal —My Modern Met, July 11, 2011
“Colossal is a top-notch visual art/design blog.” —Jason Kottke, June 29, 2011