Calling Emerging Design ‘Writers.’
Thursday May 24 2012
Object: Australian Design Centre is looking for emerging design ‘writers’ to become involved with a new, ongoing segment of Object magazine, profiling emerging Australian designers.
Here at Object, we’re not only interested in acknowledging those designers who are established and known — we have a history of also profiling designers who are at the beginning of their career, possibly exploring new and exciting modes of design. We’re also interested in supporting those who support designers — and very often, that support comes from design ‘writers’.
You may notice that ‘writers’ has been surrounded by quotation marks. That’s because ‘content creators’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Object magazine is a digital magazine, designed for tablets like the iPad, though also available on Android tablets and a version for web. This allows for some new and dynamic opportunities in the presentation of content — whether that be a short film, voice-over-image, animated elements, or even a combination of media types. That’s not to say that a traditional text-and-image article isn’t wanted, but don’t feel constrained by it. What we’re looking for is the best way to portray the work and vision of the designer.
We’re not asking you to contribute ‘articles’ at the moment — all we want is a brief proposal. No matter how you plan on getting your message across, send over a very brief outline of the designer you’re intending to profile, and a quick indication of how you plan to capture them. Links to the designer’s work, and your own work, would be a definite plus, plus a one-page CV of any qualifications and/or experience you have in the ‘writing’ world.
We’re looking for a 200–300 word article as an end result, or equivalent in other form (2–3 minute video etc.) Depending on the response, we could include more than one in each issue. We will keep submissions on file, but will also call out in advance of each issue.
‘Copy’ deadline for the next issue, issue 63, to be released in September 2012, is mid-July, though we will be commissioning selected writers shortly.
So if you’re a design ‘writer’ in the early stages of your career, whether you be a blogger, just out of uni, or new to the field, send us your ideas. And if you’re an emerging designer and know someone who might fit the bill, make sure you pass this info on.
All proposals should go to the Producer: Digital & Publications, Ross Colebatch, via email to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Emerging Writers Proposal.’ And to find past digital issues of Object magazine, click here.