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52 weeks. 52 artists. One illustrated year.
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Created by the team behind OFF LIFE, Yellow is a celebration of illustration and the artists who've made it their own. We wanted to show that illustration isn't just a medium of pretty pictures; that it can be as powerful as any photograph or piece of writing.


So we rounded up 52 of the world's most exciting artists, allocated them each a week of the year and asked them to illustrate one news story that broke within their seven days. 

The result is an entire illustrated year from 52 unique perspectives. And with the year nearly up, we're collecting every piece into a beautiful hardback book that showcases what illustration can bring to the biggest issues of our time.

Supermundane for Yellow
Supermundane for Yellow

To showcase the power of illustration we needed to feature the best illustrators around. Fortunately for us, they were ready and willing to prove what their art form could do. Inside Yellow you'll find original artwork from:

Jean Jullien, Hattie Stewart, Supermundane, Malika Favre, Ian Stevenson, Stanley Chow, Grace Wilson, Pete Fowler, Martin Rowson, Matthew the Horse, Charlotte Mei, Jamie Coe, Chris Riddell, Martina Paukova, Chris SimpsonsArtist and (literally) dozens more of the most exciting artists working today.

Not bad, eh? But that's not all. Yellow is also complimented with interviews and thought pieces from outspoken artists, writers and social commentators. 

Yellow Back Cover
Yellow Back Cover

Yellow has been put together by award-winning editor Daniel Humphry (OFF LIFE, One Thing I Know), art director Steve Leard (OFF LIFE and previously Bloomsbury Publishing), production manager Sarah Hamilton (Penguin Books) and put to paper by legendary Italian print house Lego.

We value good print and no compromise will be made in the making of this book – not on paper, ink, cover or binding. We're trying to stay away from the dirty 'art book' phrase but, trust us, Yellow will look and feel proper tasty. See below specifications for the nitty gritty...

The Project Twins for Yellow
The Project Twins for Yellow
  • 260 x 190 mm 
  • Approx. 144 pages
  • Quality matte uncoated paper
  • Hardback 
  • Matte cased cover with emboss and spot UV detailing
Mark Long for Yellow
Mark Long for Yellow

Every single person who backs Yellow through Kickstarter will not only receive a copy of the book, but also have their name featured in the acknowledgements page. 

Normally publishers leave this for a soppy message to their partner or kids – but we're giving the space to you. Because, to be honest, you're more important to us.

Gavin Strange for Yellow
Gavin Strange for Yellow

In order to ensure that every artist keeps creative control over their work – and that they receive as large a cut from every sale as possible – we wanted to keep this book independent. 

Of course, that takes money. So we’re using Kickstarter as a way to pre-sale and fund Yellow's print run.

Funds will go to the reprographics and print houses, so they can start producing the book, and an equal percentage of any profit after printing will be split directly between the 52 artists.

Back Yellow to help us spread the amazing work of these artists and holler far and wide in the name of illustration!

Neasden Control Centre for Yellow
Neasden Control Centre for Yellow

The main reward for backing Yellow is that you'll be the first set of people to receive this book (early December). Given the talent and scale of illustrators in Yellow, we hope that's already enough to get your fingers racing for your wallets. But in case it isn't, and because we want to say a heartfelt thank you anyway, every backer will have their name featured in the acknowledgements section of the book.

For those who are able to help out a little more, we also have 50 first-through-the-door tickets to the Yellow launch party and exhibition in Dalston on 10 December. You'll get to come down before anyone else, meet the artists and enjoy a few free beverages while taking in the Yellow exhibition – long before the doors open to anyone else.

Beyond that we've A3, high quality giclee print of any artwork of your choosing from Yellow, put to paper by the good people at Print Space in Dalston.

Jean Jullien for Yellow
Jean Jullien for Yellow

For those who in any way care about what we might have to say, and have a spare £250, the creators of Yellow and an artist will come to your studio, office or agency to discuss the project and answer any and all questions about illustration and publishing.

For the collector, we've the Holy Grail: a copy of the book that will be shipped around the world and signed by every artist involved in Yellow. Yours at £500. Double phwoar!

Finally there is the Hired Guns option. Yellow's editor and art director will work with you for the equivalent of two days during 2016 to help develop whatever creative project you’ve got on the cards. Reasonable notice must be given and work can include anything from design and editorial to consultancy or project planning. You'll also receive copies of the book, with your name featured as a patron on the acknowledgements page, and a print for your place of work.

Jamie Coe for Yellow
Jamie Coe for Yellow

Video Credits

Camera and Editing: Aron Jones
Music: Something Elated by Broke for Free
And big thanks to Supermundane, Malika, Jean, Sofia, Charlotte and Martin for putting up with our cameras and questions!

Ian Stevenson for Yellow
Ian Stevenson for Yellow
Louise Pomeroy for Yellow
Louise Pomeroy for Yellow
Stanley Chow for Yellow
Stanley Chow for Yellow
Grace Wilson for Yellow
Grace Wilson for Yellow

Risks and challenges

We feel confident in saying that there is pretty much no risk in backing Yellow. The team making this book are experienced publishers and the print house is second to none. The project is fully costed and the book is already designed. So - if we reach our Kickstarter target, it's simply a matter of pressing send to print in November.

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    The Book

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    The Book + 'Early Doors' Launch Party Invite

    We've 50 first-through-the-door tickets to the Yellow launch party and exhibition in Dalston on 10 December. You'll get to come down before anyone else, meet the artists and take in the Yellow exhibition – long before the doors open to anyone else. You'll also receive a copy of the book at the door, with your name featured as a patron on the acknowledgements page.

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    The Book + Print

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    Your Story Illustrated

    One artist from the Yellow series will illustrate a personal story from your past. We’ll then turn it into an A3, high quality giclee print and post it to you. Includes a copy of the book with your name featured as a patron on the acknowledgements page.

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    Yellow Talk

    The creators of Yellow and a couple of artists from the series will come talk at your agency, studio or office about illustration, how the Yellow project came about and the things they’ve learnt from it. Includes three copies of the book, with your organisation featured as a patron on the acknowledgements page, plus an A3 print of your choice.

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    The Holy Grail

    One copy of Yellow will be sent around the world to be signed by every artist in the book – and that one copy will be yours. Includes your name up top on the acknowledgements page as a patron and a print of your choice.

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    Hired Guns

    Yellow's editor and art director will work with you for the equivalent of two days during 2016 to help develop whatever creative project you’ve got on the cards. Reasonable notice must be given and work can include anything from design and editorial to consultancy or project planning. You'll also receive five copies of the book, with your name featured as a patron on the acknowledgements page, and a print of your choice.

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