I love the look of this facade! Frances is a boutique in central Phoenix, Arizona—and they're also a stockist of UPPERCASE magazine. They are proud supporters of small, independent businesses and designers. They host workshops and events and support their local creative community with an annual Crafeteria holiday sale featuring 100% handmade items.
For Jim Vanides' Show and Tell, I will present in full his submission for the "I Love Notions" open call I had for issue 20. You can see the published version in the current issue. Jim read his poem for our event.
Jim is a technologist, educator, and photographer in Silicon Valley. As an educator, his passion is working with teachers to use technology to create powerful learning experiences for students—experiences that help more students succeed. As a photographer, he enjoys still life and landscapes, but most of all, capturing memories of children caught in the act of just being themselves...
Thank you for the invitation to think about notions! Who would have guessed that your invitation to would inspire me to stop and reflect on what really matters in life—and what it is that we leave behind.
Perhaps it was no coincidence that we recently found our daughter’s first pair of baby shoes, and all 32 years came flowing back as if they were an instant. Or perhaps it was my grandfather’s pocket watch, sitting in our cabinet of family “treasures” (complete with the key to his tailor shop in New York, circa 1925) that prompted me to think about the real meaning of “treasures”.
The feeling, all combined, was the unmistakable thread of time that linked my grandfather to my daughter—more significantly, the thread of love that will outlast time itself….
So thank you for prompting my memories and my conviction that “only love is timeless…”
Warm regards from California,
Threads of Love
Time is a thread
That connects us to our past
And leads us minute by minute
To our Future
Time, wrapped in Love,
Is the greatest gift
We can receive
For all the gifts we give and receive
Only Love is timeless
Only Love will remain…
Issue 20 marks five years of UPPERCASE magazine! This is an amazing feat considering that we are a small publication with little or no advertising, fully supported by our community.
As each issue arrives, our readers share where they take the magazine, and where it takes them.
Join in as subscriber on this creative adventure. Let's see where our curiosity takes us in 2014!
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Janine and I sat down on Thursday to talk about #20. I'm privy to her insights as she designs each issue. It's so fascinating that I knew all of you would love it. You'll be able to tell that we were rather nervous but, for our first time, we think we did a great job. We hope you enjoy and share this video.
We've been busy... stockist copies have been shipped and the subscriber mailing is in progress. I took some photos [spoiler alert for those of you who prefer to wait to see the magazine when it arrives in your mailbox!] of the current issue (not all the spreads are shown below) to entice those of you who aren't subscribers to start the new year off on the right foot: get yourself a big dose of creativity with issue 20. The cover, printed with a Pantone silver, is by Jason Munn.
It's always exciting to know that a print job is underway. I remember the olden days as a freelancer when a client project was on press... when I acted as the eyes and voice for my clients at the production stage. Now when one of my jobs in on press it is always something that I've been involved with in every aspect, not just the design. It's a whole other level of commitment—and it sure makes a difference when you're footing the bill, too!
I've been working with Chris Young and The Prolific Group for many years. It is absolutely wonderful to work with people who produce such great work and whom I can trust. It's not possible for me to visit Winnipeg every time an issue is on press—I am grateful that the project is always with capable hands and keen eyes.
Thanks to Mike McGibney, the shift supervisor, for these action photos!
The interior pages will be run and everything will have to dry for a few days before it heads into bindery. Then comes mail and shipping prep, so it does take some time. We'll be ready to ship this out right after the holidays.
Get your subscriptions and renewals in as soon as you can to be on the big mailing list come the new year! Thanks!
Issue 20 marks 5 years of UPPERCASE magazine! This is an amazing feat considering that we are a small publication with little or no print advertising, fully supported by our readers and subscribers. With your support, we look forward to many more creative years ahead. Thank you.
The main theme throughout this issue is “broadcasting”. My broad interpretation of this term includes the sharing of ideas graphically and publicly through posters, social media and public art and also encompasses amateur radio, graphic novels and collecting vintage advertising posters. To round out the issue, haberdashery, hat-making and a love of sewing notions is a pretty and crafty thread of content throughout.
Credits by order of appearance
(click over to Vimeo for links within the video):
0:04 Garbage Beauty photographed by Christian Blais
0:21 Yarn-bombing by Magda Sayeg
0:28 Magda and her family photographed by Adrienne Breaux
0:32 The Creative Manifesto by Mr. Cup (Fabien Barral)
0:33 Craft Manifesto by Aardvark On Sea (Pea Crabtree and Lesley Greening Lassoff)
0:36 Kill Your TV Manifesto by Aardvark On Sea (Pea Crabtree and Lesley Greening Lassoff)
0:39 Hats by Leon Drexler (Stephen Temkin) photographed by Becca Gilgan
0:58 Austin Kleon photographed by Adrienne Breaux
1:01 Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
1:08 Hiné Mizushima
1:11 Art by Hiné Mizushima
1:12 Illustration by Macrina Busato
1:14 Photo by Donna Hopkins
1:16 Collage by Shelley Davies
1:19 Collage by Felicia Dadak
1:21 Wayward Haberdashery photographed by Jas Tang
1:24 Photo by Suzanna Scott
1:26 Illustrations by Felicia Dadak
1:30 Illustration by Laura Burroni
1:36 L'Affichiste photographed by Christian Blais
1:47 Karen Etingin, L'Affichiste
1:55 Ham Radio Card Collection by Julia Trigg
2:30 Cover Illustration by Jason Munn
Music by -Mux- (iStockPhoto)
We're so excited about #20 that we couldn't wait to share the cover!
The main theme throughout issue #20 is “broadcasting”. Our broad interpretation of this term includes the sharing of ideas graphically and publicly through posters, social media and public art and also encompasses amateur radio, graphic novels and collecting vintage advertising posters. To round out the issue, haberdashery, hat-making and a love of sewing notions is a pretty and crafty thread of content throughout. At UPPERCASE magazine, we love print on paper. For this milestone issue, the cover will be printed with a silver metallic Pantone ink.
If you don't already have one, please consider buying a subscription. We also have gift subscriptions and gift cards—perfect for this holiday season.
Thank you to our cover artist Jason Munn.
(Issue #20 will begin arriving at the doors of our subscribers and stockists in January 2014.)
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Taking inspiration from vintage television station identification graphics, I am inviting readers to create their own on-air graphic. If you had your very own network, what would the logo and branding be like? How would it express your personality and favourite content through the graphic?
Above is the station identification if UPPERCASE was a TV network devoted to the love of print (thus the cyan, magenta, yellow and black) with creative and curious programming. Also a nod to vintage aesthetics and Mad Men-era graphics and music!
The idea for this open call emerged from one of the themes I'm exploring in the winter issue (January 2014) : broadcasting. I use the term loosely: "broadcasting" in the sense of sharing ideas graphically and publicly through posters, social media and public art. We will also have some articles about amateur ham radio, graphic novels and collecting vintage posters...
Submit your graphic by November 15. The file should be 6 inches wide at 300dpi. (If you want extra credit and have animated your logo, please provide a link in the submission form.) Please upload your file here.
Click here to view some more station identification inspiration!