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My name is John Stanbury and I founded and manage advice to sink in slowly.

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Now that we're coming to the end of the University academic year, the free posters for first year students part of the project has finished. But Primary and Secondary schools still have a long term ahead. So I'd like to take this chance to offer a free poster to teachers in the UK, to put up in their classroom or noticeboard to share with their students.

Inspired by the brilliant History teacher who sent the photos in the previous blog post, it will be a trial with a small stock of posters, but I'd love to be able to repeat the idea this time each year. I have chosen 4 posters that are equally relevant to Primary, Secondary as they are to University students and have created a form here.

Being on a noticeboard or in a classroom is a priviledge and a big test - will they be welcomed by students and teachers, will they be noticed - and I'm excited to see if this works. I hope to have a classroom pack ready soon too.

Cat Hayward's It will be worth it

Eleni Kalorkoti's Ignore both of them

Jane Laurie's Be Yourself

Thomas Barwick's Get Lost


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 28th Apr 2015

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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And now up on the website here.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 24th Oct 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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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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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

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.

www.thepossibilities.co.uk

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

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.

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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

Earlier this week, howies began screen printing a t-shirt release designed by Lizzy Stewart and produced in association with advice to sink in slowly. This is another way that howies are helping to support the advice project. The t-shirt is available for sale on the howies website until the end of the month. This video - shot at their Cardigan HQ - gives an idea of the printing process involved. 


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Thu 07th Jul 2011
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A quick preview of our first fundraising poster sponsored by howies. The A2 poster will be available for sale tomorrow morning and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Wed 06th Jul 2011
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I'm delighted to share the news that clothing company howies will be sponsoring our first fundraising poster release, 'Find some place to stop & be quiet' by Lizzy Stewart.

Inspired by a conversation with howies Commercial Director, Ade Gunn, the launch of the 200 poster edition marks a new direction for the project. Throughout the summer we will be releasing a series of A2 litho posters. All funds from the sale of these designs will go towards printing and distributing posters to students enrolling at UK Universities in September.

howies will also be releasing a limited edition 'Find some place to stop & be quiet' T-shirt to help spread the word about the promotion and the project.

The first advice poster will be available this week on Thursday 7th July. The limited edition howies t-shirt will be available through their website on the same day. 

I will be posting more details soon.

Many thanks to everyone at howies for their inspiration and support.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 05th Jul 2011
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Just before I started the advice project, I was trying to bring together an idea for a student loan project, where University's had an 'impermanent collection' of work which could be used to introduce local people to the work and the work would introduce people to the University.

On a much bigger scale, this account by The Pentagram Studio in New York reminded me strongly of what I wanted to achieve: http://pentagram.com/en/new/2010/08/goodbye-gormley.php


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 03rd Sep 2010
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A beautiful new shop icon created by Robert Telegramme and which is connected to plans for the first Monthly Theme of 'Beginnings'. More details very soon.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 10th Jul 2010
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In a few weeks time, this blog will be home to a retrospective of work by the students at Mississippi State University and the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn who have fed so much energy into the project in the past 2 years.

It has been a huge priviledge to see the project adopted as a Classroom Project at these two institutions and watch the range of ideas, potential and process unfold.

The success of this venture is all down to designer & teacher Sarah Foley. By the end of the summer, I hope to have a Schools & Colleges Activity Pack available for download, heavily influenced by Sarah's template and next academic year, we will be ready to recieve blog updates from students and teachers, as they work on the project.

Thank you so much to everyone involved.

If you would be interested in recieving a Classroom Pack, please get in touch.


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Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 28th May 2010

This new blog will be home to responses, to a common theme, from the whole range of individuals who have contributed to the project.

It is an experiment in drawing from the same resources, which have made this project possible, in order to share stories, contrast voices and cross disciplines. The posts will also aim to fit within the ethos of creating something personal and with the potential to last, so they needn't be relevant straight away, but can be read and rediscovered when needed.

It is my greatest hope that the first theme of 'beginnings' will help inspire other's beginnings as well as our own.


Categories : INTRODUCTION
Posted by : The advice project Posted : Mon 24th May 2010

An inspirational talk with relevance to my search for a project sponsor this year. Max Schorr is a Co-Founder and Community Director of the wonderful GOOD magazine.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 23rd May 2010
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Thank you to Sarah Foley and the Pratt students for this amazing opportunity.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 18th May 2010
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Thank you for visiting. The site is still a work in progress, but I am very proud to introduce some new features. Here is a short tour of our new home on the web:

OUR CATALOGUE:

The Advice Catalogue enables visitors to browse through four years of posters or search by creators and categories to fit their mood (Spur; Balance; Worries and Travel are some of my favourites). Our next plan is to begin cataloguing pilot submissions in the form of songs, films and written content here too.

THE CREATOR PAGES:

Visitors can now also find out more about each graduate and graduates are able to continue to share advice and inspiration, as and when they wish, via their own page on the site.

THE CREATOR BLOG:

An important part of this exchange is the Creator blog which aggregates all the different creator blog entries. I hope it will become a really exciting resource. We are also planning on developing site wide themes to encourage a conversation on issues such as mental health, collaboration, money and friendships. A Classroom Projects blog, for Schools and Colleges who use the advice project as a live brief for their students, will be online soon too.

THE SHOP:

If you are a fan of the project, our new Shop includes a choice of advice posters; our most recent postcard pack; screenprints and items by contributors that represent a personal aspect of their work.

OUR UNIVERSITY ADOPTION PACK & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES PACK:

Finally, if you are interested in adopting the project at your University or as a classroom project at your School or College please get in touch. An adoption and activity pack will be available soon.

More details ASAP, but in the meantime I'd love to know what you think.

Many thanks for all your support,

John Stanbury

Founder and Project Manager, advice to sink in slowly


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 10th Nov 2009
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A selection of the good luck messages which have been written to accompany poster designs over the past 4 years of the project:


"Believe in you own abilities, surround yourself with inspiring people and just keep going ... never give up."

Simon Peplow


"It's all about experimentation and reinvention. If something is not working, try something else and start over. Be flexible, curious, intrepid. Don't expect to get it right first time. Learn from each attempt then rip it up and start again."

Coralie Bickford-Smith


"During my course I was drawn to many books, authors and disciplines and at the end of the day I was so influenced by all these ideas that I didn’t know what to do with my own project. However, in the end I found my bearings and I know that that exposure changed and enriched my final work. 

So, my advice is that you should eat a daily amount of nutritive ideas: green, red, orange, purple, blue, yellow and black ones. Then, process and digest them: take what is important and useful but make it yours, give it your personal input. Finally go to the loo, take a deep breath and evacuate! Yes! That will help to keep you moving and to construct your learning for life. 

Good luck and receive a warm hug from MEXICO!"

Cynthia Ortega Salgado

"Arriving at University I was nervous about meeting new people and joining in with events and I spent a great deal of time alone in my room refusing invites and becoming more secluded and lonely. I realised that I needed to start making an effort and when I did I met some amazing people who I hope to be friends with for many more years."

Suzy Phillips

"When I came to Falmouth I was looking for shortcuts; ways of working that made it quick and easy to produce good work. In three years I have learnt that there are no shortcuts if you want to produce something genuinely good.

It's simple really: the work you put in always shows on the page. If you work hard you can make beautiful things and that can be a great feeling."

Michael Robinson

"People warned me that students who take study trips abroad during their degree never do any work and inevitably waste precious time. Indeed I was told I had done this when I returned from three months in Romania because I had only filled one sketch book. But on the contrary, the people I met and the time I spent drawing, observing and even just thinking are still making a direct impact on me and my work four years later."

Michael Sibley


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 26th Sep 2009
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On the fourth anniversary of the project, advice to sink in slowly distributed 350 posters to students enrolling at University College Falmouth.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Thu 01st Oct 2009
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Blog description from the brilliant Newspaper Project:

"This is the blog where we're alarmingly honest about where it's all going wrong. And occasionally smug about where it's going right."


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 22nd Jan 2010
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This poster was designed by Steve Bond and Dean Owens for the purpose of inspiring content for their magazine POST.

It's a view of life summed up by the expression on Steve's wonderful friend Mabel's face, who should contribute her own advice to the project as soon as possible. For me it means that a day in thought is a day owned; thought leads to action; action leads to control, not over anything in particular, but some control over what comes next and that coming from you. Your input is vital: in collaboration, in everyday matters, in relation to others and to yourself.

So I wanted to put it up here as:

1) I have come to realise that it is a credo my friends live by and I'm delighted they let me turn it into an advice poster.

2) Because it is becoming my credo too and am proud to share it with such wonderful people. I hope I can live up to their example.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 17th Jan 2010
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Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 20th Dec 2009
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I just heard about StoryCorps through a wonderful segment on the BBC World Service Outlook programme.

"You bring a loved one to our booth - a parent, a friend or someone you have just met on the bus whose story you want to get to know - and for forty minutes you just talk. Most people ask the big life questions like: "What are the most important lessons you have learnt?", "How do you want to be remembered?" or "What did your grandmother sing to you when you were a child?" Then at the end of 40 minutes two CDs have been burnt, one stays with you and the second goes to us and we put it in the Library of Congress and it becomes part of the oral history of America."

Listening to the piece reminded me of the inspiration for this project. I was talking to my friend Cynthia and she mentioned how she often asked her Grandmother for advice and inpiration; it was something I had never done and immediately regretted. 

I wrote down two phrases from Mathew Bannister's conversation with StoryCorps founder David Isay:

"Forty minutes to transmit wisdom from one generation to the next."

"Turn off your computer and cellphone, look a loved one in the eye and tell them how much they mean to you by listening to them."

There is a wonderful conversation between Seymour and Marcia Gottlieb in the Outlook piece and these three compilations are an introduction to the breadth and emotion of the recordings. The talk below by founder David Isay gives an overview of his career as a Radio Producer and the ideas and passion behind the StoryCorps project (apologies for posting such a long video, but I enjoyed it so much I would feel I was cheating to post anything shorter). 

Finally, if you have the chance, I throughly recommend listening to as much of the World Service as you can.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 27th Nov 2009
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There is no obligation, but I would be delighted if you would consider posting on the Creator blog. 

In the past 4 years the range of people who contributed to the project, by sharing something and making a connection, have, on every level, made it what it is. 

To continue to share, even on the smallest scale - by drawing from individual experiences: things you've learnt; things you are learning; things you are passionate about; things you are worried about; things you have finished; things you are working on; things you are thinking of; the sort of things you would share in a discussion with friends, family or workmates  - it could be possible to create an expansive resource for current students, graduates and fellow contributors. 

Not every day, or every week, but whenever you have the impulse to share, please do. 

The connection that started when a student received your poster has the chance to continue; we can map out a small area of the transistion from student to graduate and there is also potential to break down boundries between disciplines, posts by a Designer will appear next to those by a Fine Artist.

I think we can create something really exciting.

This will be a learning process, but I'd love to hear what you think.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Mon 23rd Nov 2009
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It may not look like much, but this is pretty rough for Gylly.

And after a night of storms...


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Thu 19th Nov 2009
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I have begun to categorize posters for the Catalogue and am trying to break down the broader topics like Work into something more specific. At the moment Travel works well and I'm thrilled with Ideas. Spur and Carpe Diem perhaps overlap a little too much. 

Also for each poster, I have been adding links to related designs.

In both cases, having to hold all the different images in your head at once inevitably means missing some, so it will be a question of refinement for quite a while.

Moving from one theme to another has changed my view of many of the posters too.


I'd always thought of David Plant's design as rather a gentle reminder. But now I see the illustration as someone regretting their initially brave decision and at the same time realising it's probably too late to amend it. The words and hand type are a reassurance that doubts are part and parcel of those decisions.

I'd welcome any help with the catalogue. If you'd like to suggest a poster category or you disagree with placement of a poster within a category, please leave a comment below.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 14th Nov 2009
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The rewards of sitting still and being observed by Dean


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 03rd Nov 2009
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A gallery of past & present advice designs can be seen on the Education Guardian website.

 


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 09th Oct 2009
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So wonderful to read these two reactions from people who got their packs in the post yesterday:

http://hellojenuine.blogspot.com/2009/03/more-advice.html

http://remember-who-u-are.blogspot.com/2009/03/advice-to-sink-in-slowly.html


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 28th Mar 2009
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Coralie Bickford-Smith recently designed a wonderful advice poster, partly inspired by the Orange Juice song 'Rip it up & start again'.

The association feels especially relevant as Edwyn Collins
(lead singer of Orange Juice, solo artist and idol of mine) suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005. His remarkable determination to recover - learning to speak, read, write, walk, draw, sing and compose again - is documented in the BBC Scotland documentary Home Again (see part 1 of 4 below).

As Coralie writes:

"It's all about reinvention: that it's flexible; that when it feels like it's going wrong it's ok to start again and when you do things over, although it's a chore, it makes them better. Practice makes perfect...."


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 14th Aug 2009
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For the second year in a row the advice project has been featured in the CR graduate guide.


Plus, Lee Basford's poster is on the cover.

Photo credit: Mark Surely


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 22nd May 2009
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'I've loved the project since I first saw it when I enrolled at Falmouth and would love to be a part of it.'

'I remember having one when I first enrolled at Uni, so actually getting to design one would be wonderful.'

'I am a big fan of the project and I would love to get involved.'

'I remember the posters from my freshman year as well and I got a lot of enjoyment out of mine.'

'I remember getting my advice poster when I started 3 years ago and I loved it.'

'I remember getting one in my 1st year and thinking what a great idea it was.'

'No problem, it's a really good idea. I know I appreciated it 3 years ago.'


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Thu 16th Jul 2009
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My good friend Simon came to stay recently and left this customised version of his poster.

Needless to say, I treasure it.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 14th Jul 2009
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Posted by : The advice project Posted : Tue 14th Jul 2009
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There is a wonderful piece on the advice project in the Creative Review graduate guide. The guide comes free with this month's issue.

The designs included (clockwise from top left) are: Let go, Make it happen, Words are not enough, Show some guts, Take time, Make more GIF files, Let go of what you think you know and Travel & Network.

Thank you Mark!


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Wed 28th May 2008
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The postcard pack is now available from the advice to sink in slowly shop:)

It's a wonderful feeling to flick through the pack and be surprised by the designs. They work well as postcards and holding them close to see the extra details makes them feel even more intimate.

Robert did a fantastic job on the front and inside covers.

I particularly love how the type on the inside covers sinks into the off-white texture of the creamback stock. Thank you to all involved and I'm very sorry for the long wait.

You can see more photos of the pack and the full range of contents here.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 10th May 2008
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There is a wonderful mention of the project in the new issue of US publication STEP inside design.

Thank you Michelle!


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 03rd May 2008
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Ju - who for the past year, has helped guide the advice posters and the new postcard pack to the press in the most patient, enthusiastic and expert way - has designed a new poster for the project (detail below).

The design comes from his doodle pad which sat on his desk for the duration of the POST 3 job. See the full version here.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 02nd May 2008
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I received the first proof for the advice postcard pack 3 weeks ago and have been carrying it around in my pocket ever since.

Thank you to Rob Evans of Telegramme Studios for the great cover design.

Tem's 'Take Time' design as a postcard.

Oliver Sutherland's 'Make more GIF files'.

Jasmine Foster's 'Work outside'.

The pack will contain 24 postcards printed on a Cream back stock, which has a lovely writing surface. A complete selection of contents and some more photos of the proof can be seen here.

Steve and I are aiming to have the final pack in our hands by the end of March. I think we're both too excited by this to wait any longer. I'd like to try and be ambitious and approach as many Galleries, Museums and Bookshops as possible. If you have a favourite place you think would be interested in stocking the pack, please let me know.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Mon 03rd Mar 2008
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The wonderful Illustration blog Drawn! have posted a link on the project. It's a real honour and a wonderful late Christmas present.

Thank you Johnny and everyone at Drawn!


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 29th Dec 2007
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Thanks to everyone who visited the advice to sink in slowly exhibition at the Poly.

My favourite part of organising these projects is the hanging and I had a great time playing with different combinations of the posters (for inspiration, I recommend looking at how Little Friends of Printmaking and Analogue Books hang their shows).

Rebecca painted two examples of messages from graduates to first years, onto the gallery wall ...

Tem brought books, furniture, a chess set, cushions, a spinning globe, a tv, plants, a dvd player and a typewriter from home and created a unique and welcoming space it was hard to leave at the end of the day ...

... and Chris Stonehill coloured his brilliant comic introduction to the project and we printed it A1 for the exhibition.

It was wonderful to see the reaction to the posters and to talk about the project, with staff, students and most of all lots of people unconnected to the University. We sold out of 14 different poster designs and sold over 200 posters in five days, which was extraordinary.

Seeing all the posters together made me realise how far the project has come in a year and how much work people have put into it. It can sometimes feel quite a fragile thing to work on, but the show itself and people's response to it has made me really excited about where it's going to go next.

You can see more photos of the exhibition here.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 09th Dec 2007
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Thanks to everyone who came for making it such a special evening.


I didn't take many photos on the night as it was too dark for my phone camera, but I went back the day after to document the drawings and was met with the wonderful smell of mulled wine still in the air and a really nice mood about the place. Really cold night, NinosKika performing (amazing - thank you guys!), people drinking and talking about what they were going to pass on, watching people draw and my favourite moment: people drawing while NinosKika were playing.


You can see photos of all the evening's drawings here.

Leaf Tea House is now open for events bookings and lots of people were coming up with ideas... backgammon nights, poetry evenings, exhibitions and I'd love to do another of these themed evenings with live music and space for people to draw.

If you'd like to book Leaf please call James on: 01326 211424 or you can e-mail him at james@leafteahouse.com.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Thu 29th Nov 2007
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It's a pleasure to be putting these up around the place... 

A very big thank you to Robert Evans and for the new advice poster you can see here.

Some exhibition plans:

Participatory evening at Leaf Tea House, Friday 23rd November, 4-9pm.

Everybody has a piece of advice they wish they had known earlier. Come to Leaf and pass it on in a creative way. Art materials, mulled wine and a big sheet of paper supplied. Plus a free poster to the first 30 people through the door.

Exhibition of all 80 poster designs at Falmouth Arts Centre, 26th November - 1st December, 10am - 5pm.

Background to project, selection of poster blurbs and all the posters for sale including our first Poster/CD package, a collaboration between Matt Davies and Richard Dinnis (more details soon).

Exhibition private view at Falmouth Arts Centre, Wednesday 28th November, 6-9pm.

To be confirmed: NinosKika may be performing a short set at the private view, including a song they have written for the project.

I can't say it enough, but is such a pleasure to work on this and think of being surrounded by all the posters. Thanks to everyone involved for making this possible.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sat 17th Nov 2007

"I've been out there in rain, hails, been out there one day in a clap of thunder and lightning - great forked lightning came down through the water...''

Roma Pearce, a dear friend and swimming companion, was interviewed by ITV over the summer (you'll need to skip the first 5 minutes to get to her bit). What she doesn't mention is that she's swam with dolphins and seals at Gylly too.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Fri 09th Nov 2007
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Roger Towe, Head Librarian at Woodlane library died earlier this week from a heart attack.

It is very hard to imagine the college without him.

My first thought, after disbelief, was that I didn't say thank you enough. Without Roger's support and encouragement this project wouldn't have happened. He was always available for a moral-boosting talk, full of ideas and contacts and when you are trying to get a project started, a positive voice from inside the college means so much.

He had a vision for the college that came from a genuine enthusiasm for student's work and from seeing the library as a hub that brought people together. The exhibition space above the library and ongoing collection of student and graduate work and publications was just one part of this.

Dean Owens put it well when he said: 'He's irreplaceable as his job description could simply have read: 'being Roger.'

Thank you Roger.

Update: Anne sent this picture together with her comment below:


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Wed 31st Oct 2007
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It's a wet and windy poster eve night.

I hope there are some wonderful surprises in store.

I will write more tomorrow, but I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK to everyone starting a course at University College Falmouth and if you get a poster today, I'd love to hear what you think.

Almost all of this year's designs can be seen here.


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Sun 23rd Sep 2007
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Just got back from helping personalise the 1000 issues of POST. Each issue is hand-numbered and contains two advice to sink in slowly postcards inside an envelope stamped with the POST logo. 

Just realised I didn't take any photos of inside the mag, will remedy that tomorrow. Congratulations guys!


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Thu 07th Jun 2007
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POST is a new journal enabling students on the MA courses at University College Falmouth to see what is going on on the other MAs.

I've been really lucky to watch Dean, Jon and Steve bring this thing together. Their passion, expertise and attention to detail, has created an inspiring first issue and an ongoing concept that's going to last.

The magazine launch is this Thursday, at Woodlane Library. I hope I can convince them to 'post' on the project. There is a strong advice to sink in slowly connection so more POST news to come ...


Posted by : The advice project Posted : Wed 06th Jun 2007
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