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I have receieved the most rewarding e-mails from a teacher who is using the posters in her classroom. She asked to be anonymous but said I could post these wonderful photos. She also gives the postcards as leaving gifts to her students when they finish school. 

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 11th Nov 2014
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I wanted to put these here to show the full range of artists and their designs that make up the new advice wall calendar.

The spiral bound, fund raising calendar is available to buy here.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 08th Nov 2014
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And now up on the website here.

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 24th Oct 2014
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There are a few changes happening this year that I never thought I would be making. But I'm surprisingly happy to be making them. These small details can be a bit boring, but I wanted to document them all here.

This year the A3 posters will be folded to an A5 size and posted in an cardboard envelope.  

From the beginning, even though expensive, it was important to present them completely intact. The posters have been alternatively printed digitally, packaged with a cardboard backing board and shrinkwrapped for protection or litho printed onto a high quality paper stock which allowed them to be rolled up and posted in a tube.

But as the ambition of the project grows, cost becomes even more important. The cheaper the cost, the more posters that can be given out and an A5 envelope is much cheaper to post than a tube.

And there is a physicality to the folded up poster that I like. It speaks of it's journey and the fact that it is put up on the wall in this condition, with the creases that will never go away, means even more. That the power of the image is stronger than any imperfections. The paper stock allows for a clean crease and the printing quality remains very high.

The other change is that I have begun asking for a voluntary donation to help with the postage cost. The posters should be given as a gift. But the suggested donation will only cover the cost of postage, not the printing, not the overheads, not the packaging materials and it will be a small donation of 62p. I hope I can secure some sponsorship so that the posters can again be completely free. 

This is a transistion year, the posters are only just going out. But I hope it can lay the foundations for an ongoing future for the project

Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 19th Oct 2014

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 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 display stand 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