Project News - Posts From : October - 2011
October - 2011

Yesterday afternoon, Shea'la Finch sent this e-mail introducing the advice project to subscribers to the Tiny Showcase mailing list to launch the latest fundraising poster.

I'm a big fan of Tiny Showcase and this email will shape how I look at the project for a longtime to come.


This afternoon we launch a special showcase with our friends at Advice to Sink in Slowly. This is a great moment, as we've long admired this crew and the support they provide for young artists.

Based in the UK, Advice to Sink in Slowly is an ongoing series of posters designed by college graduates for the purpose of passing on advice and inspiration to incoming students. The stand-up chaps over at Advice provide a free poster to every first year student that requests one.

With messages like "Look after yourself" and "Leave your room" and "Be adventurous don't use Helvetica for everything," the posters are illustrated by artists who have been through it all and offer inspiration and reassurance to the first-years just setting out on their own creative path.

The path of an artist - particularly one that sits in their room hunched over a table for hours, in solitude with songs and podcasts and books on tape - can be an isolating experience. Creating a mantra as simple as "If in doubt, make tea" or "Rip it up, start again" can be the morale that gets a person through a project or a phase, through the frustration and insulation that come along with being an artist.

These posters are funny, they are reassuring, they are sometimes achingly honest, and they are created in the hope that the creative people in this world can reach out to the new class and help keep them intact and on track.

100% of the proceeds of this project go to supporting the Advice to Sink in Slowly Project. This afternoon we launch the Eat Breakfast poster by Portland, Oregon's Always with Honor collective. The poster is available at this very moment.

Keeping the kids weird,
Shea'la & Jon

Update: this release has now sold out.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 29th Oct 2011

By Andy J Miller and sponsored by howies.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 22nd Oct 2011

The advice posters are designed as welcoming gifts for first year students, so I'm delighted to be able to launch a new model which enables first year students across the UK to request a free advice poster through this site. The poster is then sent in the post free of charge.

This new direction is self-funded, through the help of our sponsors who have helped produce an edition of fundraising posters. The sale of these designs helps to cover the costs involved. We can only give out as many posters as are covered by poster sales, but this feels like a big step towards becoming self sufficient.

I've just put the second batch of free posters in the post. The range of courses, locations and brief messages coming in from students are remarkable.

Two more fund raising designs will be released this fortnight: one from Tiny Showcase and one more from howies®.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 15th Oct 2011