A to-do list for identifying and gathering experimental digital publishing folks. Have anything/one to add?
I am attempting to 1. identify and 2. gather a group of folks who are doing experimental digital publishing things. This is hereby my running list for people to identify and approach, and I’ll keep updating this post as I make progress. Aka this is my public brain dump and to-do list.
The group of people/places I’d like to gather would value trying to publish in new ways, with new formats, and primarily with digital means; and, at some point, would want to bolster each other through some sort of association. Even if that’s just saying, I’m part of This Group. Lots of possibilities once there is a small group of united people. Email me if you want to talk more.
EDIT: Someone is way ahead of me and made an 8-page list of folks!
- Womanzine (that’s me) - into it
- Symbolia - into it
- Stevie Zine - into it
- All the zines/pubs/pages on Timeghost
- Triple Canopy
- Kill Screen
- Uncube Magazine
- ? Cluster Mag, Dis Magazine,
- FOMO by Space Caviar
- The Great Discontent
- Institute of Network Cultures
- 29th Street Publishing
- Alongslide (and Adam Florin)
Scrollkit(acquired by Wordpress; but should I talk to them anyway?)
- Badlands Unlimited (Paul Chan)
- Klaus eBooks
- Publication Studio
- The Publishing Lab
How do these all fit together? Many are working across several different kinds of media (specifically, IRL events to web to film). Maybe they are more designers or developers than publishers. What is a publisher these days? I don’t know the line here, and that’s also something I’m trying to figure out. (Yes, there are Twitter lists; and yes, I am trying to parse through those, too!)
To clarify: I’m not looking for experimental content people; I’m not looking for people who make websites that look or operate like most other websites; I’m not looking for blogs; and I’m not even looking for people using Tumblr in a new way (unless it’s REALLY pushing some boundaries). Thanks to everyone who suggested names for this list!
Interested? Let me know a little about what you’re doing!
Feeling alone and facing demons, yay summer!
I don’t really like doing things alone. I enjoy working by myself, sure, but I prefer collaborating over not. The more I write, the more this desire for working with others becomes deeper: I crave an editor who will give me sincere, real feedback. But really, it’s not just in writing where I long to throw ideas around and share resources and skills.
I’ve been a little quiet about this, but—I’ve been in a project-launching bootcamp this summer through Orbital. I applied to the bootcamp with Womanzine, the zine I’ve run for seven or so years now (whoa). So, I brought a long-running project into a space intended to help take ideas from ZERO to one. I thought I’d be fine, though; that I could launch some new part of Womanzine that would make it sustainable for the first time (and, in fact, I am doing that to some degree).
The thing is, I haven’t found the support or kindred minds at Orbital that I needed. It took me eight weeks and as many frustrating advisor meetings to realize that. I mean, I knew it all along; I just didn’t understand how acute the need was until I heard lots of (excellent) random ideas from others. Lots of walking in circles in the dirt, looking up at the cliff of enlightenment and achievement; why couldn’t anyone help me find the next toe hold for this climb? LAME analogy but like, wanted to give some kind of visualization.
Out of this struggle, I have decided to try to find some minds like mine, some peers. So, side note: do you know anyone who is interested/working in experimental, digital publishing platforms, and would want to meet other, similar folks?
But finding peers isn’t the only struggle I’ve encountered at Orbital. More than work on a project, I’ve found that I’ve had to work on myself. It sucks, it’s painful. By confronting challenges in Orbital (launching something each week, talking at length to advisors each week, tracking incremental progress—not to mention the assignments), I’ve had to face some of my deepest demons (yes, really): a sense of failure that employs procrastination to trip me up every other step. The emotional well is deep and wide; this summer’s challenges are the tap. I’ve cried a lot.
What I’ve come to understand is that these things—Orbital, Womanzine, and this new community of like minds I’m trying to start—are all merely vehicles for personal exploration and growth. Ugh. In some ways, I wish it were different; that I were making more visible progress on these projects in some way. But really, I know that I am able to execute on these projects (ICYMI, I am a very capable human). It’s the parts of myself that prevent me from doing what I know I can do: those are the things I continue (yes, this is obviously not the first time I’ve confronted them) to learn about and to work through.
Because of all that, I have set two goals for the rest of my time in the bootcamp: 1. to share my process and be more public with myself and 2. to be more comfortable in draft mode (which specifically confronts the procrastination piece). These are difficult, and I pretty regularly feel like I’m failing at them, but still, I am trying to run toward—not away from—them.
This post itself achieves both of those goals. I would love your feedback on any/all of this. Would especially love to hear your procrastination stories, as I would eventually like to put together a larger piece on that.
(gawd, isn’t summer always harder and more lonely than we expect??)
If Womanzine had a peer publication, who would it be?
I’m working to find other folks who might be like minds with me / Womanzine. These people / publications / orgs would consider themselves to be experimental, digital publishers (in the format/platform sense; not content). So far, I think that includes Symbolia, Triple Canopy, even 29th Street Publishing. Who else would you add to that list??
So, it’s the middle of summer (for most of you, anyway), and you’ve obviously been spending extra time outdoors. School is out, or work is slow, or maybe you just like it out there. We want to know what you’ve been seeing, feeling, and thinking.
This is hereby a call for submissions
for our latest issue, Earthtones.
Yeah, you got it, tones like color, tones like sound, tones like music, tones like touch-tones or touchstones. We out here for u, Mother Earth. Submission deadline is Friday, September 5th. If you’d like to talk ideas (which we love to do!), please get in touch ASAP.
As you may know, Womanzine encourages a wide adoption of our theme. Some ideas for what earthtones could mean:
- Color swatch: what are your current earth tones? What do you see where you are rn?
- Go super wiki-def and explore umbre, ochre, and sienna, maybe in fabrics or paper?
- Or keep going w that and make something in clay? (we’ve yet to have a sculptural submission!!)
- Sincere essay on what earth tones mean for the political power of native American tribes.
- Sexy essay on how earth tones are like skin tones.
- Scientific essay on the affect of earth tones on the urban psyche.
- Sound board of earthy tones a la an internet meme sound board (touch-tones!)
- Video, Instagram vid, Vine, whatever «< of the earth tones you see in your dreams.
- Poem about the way summer haze gray/blue is like no other summer sky.
- Essay about how you live in a place where summer is not “summer” and how you deal with it.
- Why do u hate summer? Are winter earth tones better???
- What are your favorite deep nature places?
- Draw tha earth? Draw tha earth as a weird earth?
- Go outside. Record it (using any kind of multimedia). Edit it. Submit it.
- Like rushing water. Crunching thru snow. The call of a loon. Y’all we’re getting romantic here.
- Strange, or totally literal, interpretation of the word touchstone (get it, stone—earth—or tone?)
- Give us a full history of earth tones in fashion, or in design, or in construction materials.
- So many other things!Be sure to check back here (our Tumblr) for inspiration — you’re guaranteed lots of sexy, weird, and blissed-out summer gifs, at least. ALSO pls pass this call along to your women or woman-identifying friends — we’re always looking for fresh faces.
Mac OS X iTunes 10.6.3 (25) 64bit binary excerpts rendered as RGB images, woven into blankets.
The first two pieces in a new series of blankets dedicated to making visible the data structures that make up our everyday lives.
THIS IS AWESOME! Spread the word, y’all
The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women in New York City. You are invited to nominate a woman or yourself using the following criteria:
The structure or built environment must have a woman who was directly
responsible for leading the design (architecture, engineering, or landscape) or who
led the construction, either from the development or construction management team.
The jurors for BxW NYC include:
Deborah Berke, FAIA, Principal, Deborah Berke Partners
Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, Principal and Global Interior Design Director, Perkins + Will
Aine Brazil, PE, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
Fiona Cousins, PE, Principal, ARUP
Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack
Andrea Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Principal, Audrey Matlock Architects
Laura Starr, ASLA, Partner, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
Nominations will be accepted from August 1st through October 31st, with an announcement of the BxW NYC finalists in late November. Over the next year, walking tours, interactive maps, and other educational materials will be developed to highlight women’s contributions to the built environment and BWAF will host local events to publicize the spaces.
Remember, it is acceptable to nominate yourself, or anyone deserving of this honor. Click here to nominate.