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Rather than send out press releases to promote his endeavour, I had the bright idea of using the Newspaper Club to create a limited-edition mailout to 100 industry people. The content, appropriately, is contributed for free by friends; peers, designers, artists, illustrators and other creatives, all under the theme of collaboration.
For April's 'Ladies' issue I asked some leading ladies to contribute, and boy did they. From Singapore based creative director Fanny Khoo, to a joint 'twitter-interview' from Camilla Grey with Panja Gobel, an interview with Alexa Meade, and other pieces from Nicky Gibson, Katie Marcus, Taragh Basset and Nicola Rowsell and even design Week's very own Emily Pacey. Illustrations by Emma Jane Barrett nicely sealed off this issue with a piece on the cover by Nick Schmitz (admitedly not a lady, but a damn fine gent for contributing his poignant 'You, Me, Awesome' piece. You can read more about it here: designweak.com or download the pdf issue here.
The next issue (May) will look at design in Politics - rather timely I feel.
June's issue will be dedicated to the New (designer/graduate) Blood. I would like to promote ten new graduates and celebrate the best of the design industries newbies. Applicants will not just be selected on their work. Oh no. In order to get yourself and your work in to the paper you must (off your own back) source, organise and interview your design industry hero for the paper SPECIFICALLY about the notion of collaboration in today's industry.
Successful applicants will supply up to 500 words of interview, images to support the interview and/or examples of their own work. Deadline for the above is Friday 21st May 2010.
For more information contact Steve: firstname.lastname@example.org