åFebruary 2013

Feb 19 John Caserta (general practice)
Feb 26 Max Ackerman (art installation)
Mar 05 Glen Cummings, MTWTF.org (exhibits/books)
Mar 12 Danielle Aubert (book)
Mar 19 Michael Carabetta, Chronicle Books to review book proposals.
Apr 02 Murray McMillan (exhibit/installation)
Apr 09 Megan Feehan (exhibit proposal)
Apr 16 Julian Boxenbaum (products/furniture)
Apr 23 Chris Specce (industrial/products)
Apr 30 Edward Boatman of The Noun Project (Kickstarter)
May 07
May 14

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Guest chefs prepare a simple menu of soup, bread, and dessert for a base price of $10 a guest. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available. Drinks may be purchased a la carte, and donations of greater than $10 are always appreciated. Musical entertainment is provided for mealtime enjoyment. Provision supports local farmers and grocers when possible and gratefully accepts food donations.

Up to four proposals seeking funding are presented on “menus” at each dinner table. Guests hear presentations from proposer-s, read the proposals, and discuss them with others at their table. Each guest scores the proposals based on a common rubric. The highest scored proposal is funded with the net proceeds from dinner, and if possible a secondary award to the second-highest scored proposal is also granted. Awards, based on attendance, are between $200 and $750.

Documentation of funded projects is presented at future Provision meal gatherings.

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What happens when the great minds of Tumblr and Chronicle Books unite? A unicorn is born! Wait, no. Awesome Tumblrs like F*ck! I’m in My Twenties and Dads Are the Original Hipsters become hilarious books.

And now, it could be your turn.

We’re looking for the next big humor book idea. This is your chance to get your idea in front of our editors.

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Cabinet publishes artist projects that treat the magazine itself as an exhibition venue. Unlike most contemporary art magazines, we would like our reader to actually encounter the artwork rather than simply learn of its existence. Photography, conceptual projects, text-based work, or work that treats the formal issues raised by the print medium (i.e; paper, printing, ink, etc.) are particularly well-suited for publication in Cabinet. We do not publish documentation of sculpture or of a performance or installation. Video stills and architecture proposals are also highly unusual for us to print. While a resume is not needed, a brief statement about the work can be included if you think it useful. Don’t forget that artist projects appear in both the unthemed and themed portions of the magazine.

Upcoming themed issues and deadlines

Issue 51 (Fall 2013, with a themed section on “Wheels”): 15 May 2013
Issue 52 (Winter 2013–2014, with a themed section on “Celebration”): 15 August 2013

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We are always open to pitches. Send your Meatpaper ideas to submissions [at] meatpaper [dot] com

– For article submissions, please send a 2-3 paragraph pitch and several writing samples.
– For art submissions, please send low-res images or a link to a web page, along with a brief letter of introduction.


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The Society of Typographic Aficionados is pleased to announce the fourth annual SOTA Catalyst Award. The award is targeted at young people who have created original work in type design, type history, or other areas related to typography. The award recognizes a person 25 years of age or younger who shows both achievement and future promise in the field of typography. The purpose of the award is to act as a catalyst in the career of a young person who does not yet have broad exposure in the profession.

The recipient will be awarded up to $1,500 USD in reimbursement for transportation and lodging expenses to attend the TypeCon2013 conference in Portland, Oregon — August 21st – 25th. They will also have their conference registration fee paid for and will be required to give a 20-minute presentation during the main conference program. Recipients should be available to attend the conference from Thursday to Sunday.


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This program provides one deserving curator the necessary time and resources to realize an innovative project, with the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning. CUE will provide institutional guidance and resources to the curator, who will produce a group exhibition with related public programming and an accompanying exhibition catalogue in July 2014. Selected applicant will receive a $1000 honorarium and an exhibition/production budget of up to $3500. CUE will contribute up to $1500 toward shipping expenses and up to $4000 for catalogue production.

More information on the CUE website

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í Syllabus

Call for Proposals (3108-01), Spring 2013
Rhode Island School of Design
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Design Center, Rm 404
Tuesdays, 8am – 1pm
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Instructor: John Caserta, jcaserta@risd.edu
Office Hours: Mondays 9:30am – 12:30pm
The Design Office, 204 Westminster St. 3rd flr


The work of a designer should not be limited to solving other people’s problems. Designers
have the conceptual and communicative skills necessary to generate their own projects.
This proactive view of design has been named
by critics as design entrepreneurship or designer as author/producer.

Whether running a proactive practice or not, the designer works as much on proposals as she does “real” projects. A proposal is both a prospectus for what the designer hopes will come, and an important way to develop the core ideas of the project itself. Where proposal ends and project begins is often blurry, made clear by deadlines and the audience for whom the work is intended. Any complex project will flop back and forth with “finished” works leading to new proposals and vice versa. Whether in response to a grant, contest or an open call, self-initiated projects are searching for their true place and form. The proposal is an important way to discover these issues.

Architects and artists are far more used to making proposals in the form of models. Designer Norman Potter defines a model as held to “discern, examine, propose, or illustrate a possibility; a ‘construct’ to occupy and realize it — one is propositional by nature; the other, exhibitive.”

This class will collect active calls and students will submit proposals to calls that fit their project interests. As a group, we will collect precedents and resources tailored to student specific projects. This will happen online as an open resource for colleagues.

Objectives and Expectations

  • to build processes and habits needed for a self-driven practice
  • to hone presentation and communication skills
  • to learn how to discover opportunities available to designers (and share)
  • to assess need for a greater system of collecting
  • to start building a body of own work
  • to test collaborative methods — giving up role of sole auteur


The following criteria are used for assessment:

  • Attendance (3rd absence fails the course)
  • Participation to website and in class
  • Motivation/Attitude
  • Craftsmanship
  • Depth of investigation
  • Risk taking
  • Teamwork and individual growth

Course Format

The class will meet as a group weekly to discuss new proposal opportunities. Students should plan to be self-directed outside and inside class, working to meet three actual proposal deadlines that fall at various times. A final “open” Kickstarter project should have a web component, emailable deck presentation and elevator pitch. Students without project ideas early on can adopt ideas from the instructor or classmates. Later in the semester, students may team up based on talents and project interest.