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About this project

"Everybody has something they wish they had known earlier, but often don't have the chance to pass that advice on to where it could make a difference."

advice to sink in slowly aims to bring something new to student's first days, by enabling graduates to pass on the lessons they have learnt, in the personal form of a poster. The posters are given for free, as a welcoming gift, to first year students across the UK.

Poster design by Thomas Barwick, as it would be given to new students.
Poster design by Thomas Barwick, as it would be given to new students.

Advice is subjective. But, by passing on advice in a creative way, it is possible to make something that can last and which can give the advice a chance to sink in slowly and help out later on.

Poster design by Jane Laurie, as it would be given to new students.
Poster design by Jane Laurie, as it would be given to new students.

By reaching out and sharing something of themselves and their own experiences, graduates can bring an extra sense of community and continuity to students first days at University.

Poster design by Eleni Kalorkoti, as it would be given to new students.
Poster design by Eleni Kalorkoti, as it would be given to new students.

But, above all else, it is the attempt at the exchange that matters most. 

Poster design by Ben Javens, as it would be given to new students.
Poster design by Ben Javens, as it would be given to new students.

Since 2006, both recent graduates and established artists, designers and illustrators have designed almost 100 posters for the project. The posters can cajole, empathise, inspire, instruct, entertain and they speak in the voice of the person who made them. The full range of posters can be browsed by theme here.

OUR GOALS FOR THIS KICKSTARTER

Our Kickstarter goal of £6,000 will enable us to print, package and post 3,500 free posters to first year students across the UK this Autumn. If we reach our goal, individual students, student societies and student unions will be able to request a poster(s) through our website from late September onwards.

Our secondary goal is momentum. Momentum that will bring us closer to finding a sustainable model to realise the potential of this project: to give out more free posters to new students in the next year and the next.

WORDS FROM OUR SUPPORTERS

"Unpacking the secrets of happiness and creativity one poster at a time."

Maria Popova, Brainpickings.

"These posters supply the sort of inside advice Freshers won't get anywhere else, in a medium that is powerful but not intimidating. New students are inundated with tips, but they're likely to remember these for a lot longer than the rest."

Judy Friedberg, Universities Editor, The Guardian.

"The posters are a great way to pass on advice and offer reassurance (with just a quick glance perhaps) when you need it most. Add in some eye-catching art from a leading illustrator and you have something that students will not only want to keep, but will no doubt go back to again and again."

Mark Sinclair, Deputy Editor, Creative Review.

"The posters are stunningly unique, occasionally funny and often poignant..."

Huma Quereshi, The Independent Newspaper.

"My advice poster was the first thing I put up in my new room the day I arrived and I still look at it everyday when I wake up. It's great to know that the person who designed the poster has been through what I am going through now."

Lauren Tozer, Second Year Graphic Design Student, University College Falmouth.

THE REWARDS

Thank you so much for your support. These rewards reflect the poster designs and the community of artists that make up the project.

Receive an example of the advice to sink in slowly posters as they are sent to new students

The advice to sink in slowly posters are litho printed, to a very high standard, onto A3 recycled paper, folded twice like a letter, and posted in a strong cardboard envelope.

Receive a larger A2 version of one of these three advice to sink in slowly posters

"Chase your own tale" by Gray318, litho print on Cyclus offset, 42 cm x 59.4 cm.

"Do what you love" by Andy J Miller, litho print on Cyclus offset, 42 cm x 59.4 cm.

"Don't keep your worries to yourself" by Rebecca Cobb, litho print on Cyclus offset, 42 cm x 59.4 cm.

Receive four regular sized advice to sink in slowly posters plus a lucky dip "thank you" gift donated by some of the amazing artists involved in the project

The lucky dip surprises include:

Clockwise from the top:

  • "Azure" donated by Always With Honor, screen print edition. 22.8 cm x 22.8 cm.
  • Vinyl sticker packs donated by Ben Javens, (3 stickers in a pack).
  • "Song for the brokenhearted" donated by Nick Radford, screen print edition.
  • "Beetroot: an unreliable memoir" donated by Barnaby Richards, Graphic Novel, Hardcover.
  • "Moonwatcher" and "Glitch" zines donated by Eleni Kalorkoti.
  • Greeting cards and postcards donated by Holly Wales.
  • "Ampersand" donated by Gemma Correll, letterpress edition, 21 cm x 29.7 cm.
  • "Do not be afraid" donated by Andy J Miller, semi-gloss posters, 43 cm x 27.9 cm.
  • "Wrestlers" donated by Dave Bain, (close up of larger image) 4 colour screen print, 42 cm x 29.7 cm. 

Receive an advice to sink in slowly t-shirt, (four designs to choose from exclusive to backers of this campaign). This special reward is sponsored by howies and will be screen printed in the howies Printshop

"Do it yourself" by Luke Tonge, hand screen printed on a howies 100% Organic Cotton T-shirt. Available in Men's S, M, L & XL and Women's XS, S, M & L. See the design in more detail here.

"How to make friends in your first term" by Temujin Doran, hand screen printed on a howies 100% Organic Cotton T-shirt. Available in Men's S, M, L & XL and Women's XS, S, M & L. See the design in more detail here.

"Make your own world & live in it" by Supermundane, hand screen printed on a howies 100% Organic Cotton T-shirt. Available in Men's S, M, L & XL and Women's XS, S, M & L. See the design in more detail here.

"Make the most of it" by Nick Radford, hand screen printed on a howies 100% Organic Cotton T-shirt. Available in Men's S, M, L & XL and Women's XS, S, M & L. See the design in more detail here.

Receive a limited edition screen print by Book Designer & Author Coralie Bickford-Smith

"Rip it up & Start Again" by Coralie Bickford-Smith, 2 colour, hand printed screen print on Bread & Butter, 270 gsm paper, 50 cm x 70 cm.

Receive a limited edition screen print donated by Illustrator Ben Javens

"The Forgotten Players of Hide & Seek" by Ben Javens, 2 colour, hand printed screen print on Southbank Smooth, 310gsm paper, 50 cm x 50 cm.

Receive this original drawing donated by Illustrator Tom Gauld

"Untitled" by Tom Gauld, laserprint, ink and pencil on paper, 18 cm x 17 cm.

Receive this original painting donated by Artist Daryl Waller

"Work Together" by Daryl Waller, mixed media on board, 2001, 63 cm x 87.5 cm.

Risks and challenges

With your help, we are confident we will be able to follow through on our promise to deliver a quality range of campaign rewards to our backers and 3,500 free posters to new students.

We have an eight year record of printing, packaging and distributing free posters to new students across the UK: 8,000 in partnership with Universities and 1,497 independently through our website.

Print and paper quality is a very important part of the project, because it can help the advice to sink in slowly. Over the past six years we have built a strong relationship with a local printers who we can visit to discuss paper stocks, check the proofs on the press and maintain an excellent all round print quality. This high standard applies to all the poster rewards as well.

This will be the first time we will be using a paper folding machine. We have chosen to use the machines at the same local printers to give us time to trial different papers stocks to achieve the crispest, cleanest fold without cracking the ink, etc.

This will also be the first time we will use a fulfillment centre to handle the student poster requests. The fulfillment centre we have chosen is local and guarantees a turn over of one week from request to delivery, which will help us to avoid any backlog.

Getting the word out to students involves a bit of luck. But we have an excellent record of press and online coverage, an original, universal idea and some beautiful, personal artwork. Once the poster requests start coming in, we hope demand will increase exponentially as word spreads amongst students.

The advice to sink in slowly t-shirts will be hand printed on demand by howies and sent direct from their Cardigan Printshop. howies have an incredible 20 year record of producing beautiful screen printed designs onto their organic cotton tees and I'm so proud to have their support for this campaign.

We will be posting the other Kickstarter rewards ourselves. All the rewards except the poster subscriptions are printed and are ready to be sent. We have added a delivery estimate of October 2015 for most items, but we hope we will be able to deliver by late September 2015. The rewards will be sent from the UK which will add up to 2 weeks to international orders.

Finally, whether the advice is relevant or not, it is the sincere and generous attempt that matters most of all.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.55

    Purely Philanthropic Pledge:

    Your £1 will enable us to print, package and post at least one poster to a first year student in the UK.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    The first year student experience:

    Receive an example of one of the advice to sink in slowly posters as they are sent to new students.

    The A3 posters are folded twice, like a letter and posted in a strong cardboard envelope. Postage is included.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    Receive a larger A2 version of one of the following three advice posters:

    "Chase your own tale" by Gray318
    "Do what you love" by Andy J Miller
    "Don't keep your worries to yourself" by Rebecca Cobb

    You will be sent a survey at the end of the campaign to let us know your choice of poster.

    The posters are litho printed onto recycled stock and posted in a protective cardboard tube. Postage is an extra £3 to UK and £6 to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    Purely Philanthropic Pledge:

    Your £15 will enable us to print, package and post at least fifteen posters to first year students across the UK.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

    Plus the option to have your signature or a short handwritten goodwill message printed on the reverse of each poster given to new students.

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    Special reward sponsored by howies clothing.

    Choose from one of four screen printed t-shirts exclusive to this campaign:

    "Make your own world & live in it" by Supermundane
    "Do it yourself" by Luke Tonge
    "Make the most of it" by Nick Radford
    "How to make friends in your first term" by Temujin Doran

    You will be sent a survey at the end of the campaign to let us know your choice of design and preferred size.

    The t-shirts will be screen printed by hand in Cardigan, Wales onto howies organic cotton t-shirts. Full choice of Men's & Women's sizes available. Postage is an extra £4 within the UK, £6.50 within the EU and £10 to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $46

    A special reward created for early backers of the campaign.

    Receive four A3 sized posters plus a lucky dip surprise, donated by one of the many amazing artists involved in the project.

    The lucky dip includes: zines; badges; sticker sets; letterpress prints; greetings cards; digital prints; screen prints and signed books.

    Your posters and gift(s) will be posted, flat, in a strong A3 cardboard envelope. Postage is included to the UK, but £6 extra to the EU and £8 extra to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

    Plus the option to have your signature or a short handwritten goodwill message printed on the reverse of each poster given to new students.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $54

    A subscription to receive an A3 advice poster in the post, once a month, for six months. A wonderful gift for a friend or family member.

    The posters are folded twice, like a letter and posted in a strong cardboard envelope. The poster selection will be a surprise. Includes postage within the UK, but £6 extra to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

    Plus the option to have your signature or a short handwritten goodwill message printed on the reverse of each poster given to new students.

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    A limited edition 2 colour screen print "Rip it up & start again" by Coralie Bickford-Smith, based on her 2009 design.

    Hand printed onto 270 gsm, acid free, bread & butter paper and signed, dated and numbered by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

    The dimensions of the print are 50 cm x 70 cm. This is a standard frame size so you shouldn't need to pay for a bespoke frame.

    The screen prints will be sent rolled into a extremely wide and strong cardboard tube. Postage is an extra £6 to the UK, £8 to the EU and £10 to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    Purely Philanthropic Pledge:

    Your £50 will enable us to print, package and post at least 50 posters to first year students across the UK.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

    Plus the option to have your signature or a short handwritten goodwill message printed on the reverse of each poster given to new students.

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    Limited edition two colour screen print "The Forgotten Players of Hide and Seek" donated by Ben Javens.

    Hand printed on Southbank Smooth 310gsm Paper, 50 cm x 50 cm. The prints are embossed, hand signed and numbered and will be posted in an extremely wide and strong cardboard tube. Postage is an extra £6 within the UK, £8 within the EU and £10 to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    A subscription to receive an A3 advice poster in the post, once a month, for twelve months. A wonderful gift for a friend or family member.

    The posters are folded twice, like a letter and posted in a strong cardboard envelope. The poster selection will be a surprise. Includes postage to a UK address, but £12 extra to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    An original drawing, donated by Tom Gauld.

    Laserprint, ink and pencil on paper, 18 cm x 17 cm.

    Postage is included within the UK, £8 within the EU and £10 to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

    Plus the option to have your signature or a short handwritten goodwill message printed on the reverse of each poster given to new students.

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    A framed, original painting "Work Together", 2001, donated by Daryl Waller.

    Mixed media on board, 63 cm x 87.5 cm.

    Postage is an extra £12 within the UK and £20 to the rest of the world.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

    Plus the option to have your signature or a short handwritten goodwill message printed on the reverse of each poster given to new students.

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    For super fans of the project:

    Receive a copy of every poster we have in stock:

    * all twelve A3 poster designs
    * all three A2 poster designs
    * a "Rip it up & start again" screen print by Coralie Bickford-Smith
    * plus all four t-shirt designs (in your choice of Men's & Women's sizes)
    * and a promise to post you a copy of every new poster we will print in the next five years, fresh from the printers.

    Postage is included within the UK.

    Plus a "thank you" on a special page on our website.

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    Get endearing goodwill and cause-related marketing value by sponsoring the postage of 500 posters to new students.

    Your name and logo will be included on the poster request form (plus a link to your website) and printed onto 500 of the hard back envelopes as "postage paid for by YOUR COMPANY".

    You may also include an introduction to your company on a double sided postcard, which can be sent inside each of the 500 envelopes.

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    Get endearing goodwill and cause-related marketing value by sponsoring the postage of 1000 posters to new students.

    Your name and logo will be included on the poster request form (plus a link to your website) and printed onto 1000 of the hard back envelopes as "postage paid for by YOUR COMPANY".

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