A few days ago I got this email from the CAC. I expected this at the very beginning (not three months later) but to be honest, I’m not too surprised.
I almost regret telling anyone I’m making a magazine. I’m so far from making a physical publication. Why was my “end goal” even to make a magazine in the first place? 🤷🏽♂️
I love a personal essay. It’s my favourite thing to read on Medium. I’ve even tried to curate my recommendations to see just that, but no luck so far.
Of course we put a lot of words on the internet, but essays about self / to self are a special way to experience someone.
Tonight I‘m listening to Emmit Fenn because Ada recommended it. Ada doesn’t know me, but she writes to me.
When you take a piece of yourself and put it on the internet, where does it all go? Well, some of it comes to me. And some of that becomes me.
All the images for the J Guide are done now, so we’ve started putting the comic together. You can check what we’ve uploaded so far on Instagram @thejguide. There’s still a lot of work to do on the feed and the story might change a little but so far it looks good.
Onyinye is still trying to get paper for the brochure (sigh, it’s tough) and I haven’t had the mental space to try other options. …
I’ve been talking about Wuruwuru and doing “research” for many months now but we haven’t actually finished anything. No article, no dataset, no album, no brochure, no video. Nothing. Just audio. 😭
Anyway, we hope to start publishing in November. Tomiwa will complete the J Guide with Vanny and Eseosa’s writing an essay about album covers.
We need 90gsm kraft paper for the physical brochure and OD hasn’t been able to source this yet. Her printer uses an HP Indigo so there’s a compatibility constraint too. We’re going to exhaust all options to find the paper locally, but if not we’ll have to ship some. …
On October 16, 2018, I got a DM from a stranger. Considering how long it was, it was probably better as an email. He was a 19-year old designer who was stuck with shallow-thinking bosses and wanted to learn how to get them to think critically and listen to him. I gave him some generic advice but I knew it was largely useless. He was not the problem; they were.
One year later, he sent another DM for me to check out arthistoryproject. A few days later, he asked to borrow my copy of Grid Systems. After this, he continued to share websites he thought I’d like: Color Leap, Braille Institute, Cross Cultural Design, Nomad Radio. He also asked for feedback a lot. The first was a State of Jobs site for Devcenter. Then his portfolio. Then some Corona Relief website. …
Tomiwa and I have designed a sample brochure. We might change it later when we start the comic but we’re going ahead to do test prints.
Next step is to find paper. I’m thinking of making an effect for the type (not sure yet) and also considering perforation.
Random: I just learnt about Facebook’s Analog Research Lab and I can’t help but imagine what life would be like if I had this kind of space and support.
I have a day job I still intend to keep for a long time, so my plan is to work on Wuruwuru weekends and direct Eseosa/Tomiwa during the week (at least until that 3-month sabbatical).
After many hours (whew), I’m finally done with the initial company setup: documentation, project management, brand and website.
Here’s what that looks like.