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I love the honesty, seriousness and charm of Rebecca Cobb's design and I'm delighted I was able to print it larger scale as the next fund raising poster. I think it really represents what project is about, a long lasting design and a heartfelt message.

A2 "Don't keep your worries to yourself" fundraising poster available here.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 17th Oct 2014
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Just looking at the digital proofs for an advice to sink in slowly calendar... more details very soon.

Cover & layout by WeThreeClub

Get Lost by Thomas Barwick

Ignore both of them by Eleni Kalorkoti

Do what you love by Andy J Miller

Make the most of it by Nick Radford

Look after yourself by Gemma Correll

Make your own world by Supermundane

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Wed 01st Oct 2014
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For some reason I can't include youtube videos at the moment. So instead will just say I can't wait to see this... and hear the soundtrack.

itunes release 20th October 2014

UK cinema release 7th November

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 29th Aug 2014
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Hand printed by Chris Ratcliffe at Garudio Studiage in collaboration with Coralie Bickford-Smith with inspiration from Edwyn Collins.

I'm overwehelmed by the work Coralie and Chris put into this. The results are gorgeous.

The signed, limited edition of 50 is now available here. All funds raised from sales go towards giving out posters this Autumn to first year students across the UK.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 03rd Aug 2014

There has been a gap here since the posters were last given out in 2011. I'm very proud that a large number of posters are about admitting weakness and low points, whether to share a way through, or to let others know they are not the only one and I wanted to do the same.

Almost 1000 posters were given out through the site in 2011, with requests from students studying a great range of courses from across the UK. It was a high point, but I also lost track of the project - through a combination of depression and juggling money and jobs. I stopped seeing it clearly and if I stall, it stalls and it has stalled for 2 years.

Amazingly, through that time the project still has momentum. That incredible fact is thanks to all the artists who have contributed personal work which continues to speak to people. Posters that express an honesty and strength that inspires me to write now. The standard of their contribution is the standard I hope to meet. It is also thanks to the amazing support of people who in the time when I haven't been present, have seen the project more clearly:

Thank you to Birmingham Student Services and the University College of the Arts Canada who used the posters to reach out to new and prospective students and Haynes publishing who included some of the posters in their student manual.

Maria Popova at Brainpickings who posted about the project in late 2011 and who continued to spread the word by retweeting her original article, even while the project has been dormant. Each time has been a huge, generous boost and a reminder of what is possible.

Many wonderful teachers have been in touch and as a result I hope a classroom pack will be coming in the Autumn.

Kelsey Crowe has been an inspiring and extremely kind correspondant sharing the creation and success of her wonderful Help Each Other Out project, with a generous hat tip to the posters.

Most of all, my parents, who (among many other things) took it upon themselves to build this and stand by it for an event at my Dad's University, where he has taught and lectured for his whole professional life.

This year, the project will be smaller in some ways and bigger in others, but it will be building on the ideas of giving out the posters through the website. It feels good to be back.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 01st Aug 2014

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

We have sold over half of our first fundraising poster edition. Thank you to howies® and everyone who has supported the project in this way.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Mon 25th Jul 2011