An extreme print experience, the mission of HRDCVR is to change the soul of journalism. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 22, 2014.
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reporting. essays. surprises. | elegant, boss design, photography and illustration. | edited. fact-checked. | wise, and beautiful. | journalism created by teams reflecting the new demographic normal—The New Everyone.
THE $500 LIMITED EDITION HRDCVR LIMITED TO 1000 (OR LESS) PRESSINGS
this collectible version is numbered and signed (with or with a personal note) by Danyel Smith and Elliott Wilson
•a book perfect-bound with glued spine and rigid clothbound covers
•approximately 244 pages
•finished size: 212 x 297mm at least three varieties of paper including Curious Skin Extra White stock and French Pop-Tones Sweet Tooth glossy double-sided dustcover
THE $98 PREMIUM FLEXI HRDCVR
this version includes on extra story not included in the limited edition
•a book perfect-bound with flexible paper card cover
•approximately 220 pages
•finished size 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches one variety of page paper in the tradition of Radiant White Matte
what the logo looked like when we were just thinking about it, planning, sketching:
some of the team is below:
Who exactly are the people in the video?
Danyel's professional story is here.
Elliott's is here.
Danyel's first book is below:
Elliott co-wrote the below book, his second.
also, between them Danyel and Elliot have been top editors at
and also, the New York Times, Time Inc., The Source, GQ, RESPECT., ESPN the Magazine, and more.
look to the right of the screen, press "full bio" to see the rest.
Now, back to the plan for HRDCVR:
We’re about culture and politics with emphasis on music, film/video/tv, technology, sports and elections. Too much, yes. We’re narrowing. Right now the theme of HRDCVR: Issue 1nce is “The Fight.” That may well change. This is a process and we want you to be a part of it.
The idea is to be about specificity, and the individuals within and moving and personifying the cultural, political and demographic trends. We love data. Data is dynamic. We are massively intrigued by the humans that make up the bar graphs. They—you—are our passion, and our priority. We also want to pay professionals. For some it will be way less than their rate, for some, it may be the first time they've been paid for creative work. But we don't want people to work for free. And also: there is an editing process. It's very real—on the art and on the word sides. Collaboration is key. We are serious about working with nontraditional journalists. We are serious about professionals writing outside of what has been their (self-, or otherwise imposed) areas of expertise. Most of the HRDCVRs will be given away, for free.
Content will reflect the new societies —be they at Tinder or in Albuquerque, in Jackson, Mississippi, or lurking in the fitspo tag.
HRDCVR is about sixth men. Kamala Khan. Cricket in the US. We’re talking about running stories in other languages and publishing the translations, maybe at the tumblr. We’re thinking about YG. Doc Rivers. Boyle Heights punk. David Lee. Dom Kennedy. Hieu Minh Nguyen. Sodium Thiopental. Nene Leakes. Macklemore. Cornrow bike helmets. Pine Ridge. Jumeirah Beach. The tiny house movement. Jenny Liou. Wendy Davis. Fan Bingbing. Sasha and Malia. J.R. Selski. NBA Latin Night. Nery Gabriel Lemus. Chee-hoo! Visitation rooms in prisons. Girls on scooters in Marrakech.
We're still sorting it. But we want it all within the same HRDCVR, existing on papers of the highest quality, with illustration and photography from artists traditional and non-traditional. We believe one can adore DJ Snake and Cloud Nothings and Gerardo Ortiz and NIcki Minaj and still want to get deep into how things are moving at the protests in Venezuela, want to know who the humans are behind the net neutrality battles, want to prep for the 2016 elections. Danyel and Elliott believe, as they always have, that the only way to cover the New Everyone is with teams that reflect it.
Why print? Because print has not yet, journalistically, been pushed to its extreme.
HRDCVR is that push. A new aesthetic will be born on HRDCVR paper. We’re thinking about dry-transfer and dye-transfer. Art hand-colored, and handwritten. Bespoke typefaces Garamond-y and Le Monde and Bauhaus and bow wow wow. We're thinking about metaphoric lettering. Memento mori. Emblems. Iconography. Poster styles. Stencil. Massive bylines. Text as image. Sticker paper. Monumentality. Entire stories built in pull-quote. Wide-width satin ribbon bookmark. Matte paper and glossy paper, at the same damn time.
HRDCVR will be tangible to the extreme—but not precious. So:Tear it. Share it. Save it. We want you to help us raise it. Mess with it. Try it sideways.
HRDCVR designs and produces content from the revolutionary stance of everyone being equally interesting.
We reject the niche, and we reject the mainstream. HRDCVR is about the multistream. We take for granted a boundless number of kinds of people and kinds of relationships and kinds of cultures and kinds of souls.
We will be in production over the summer. With an issue date of November 28.
We want to have more effect than we intend. The mission of HRDCVR is to provide an extreme print experience. The mission of HRDCVR is to change the soul of journalism.
WHO (so far!) IS HRDCVR: Issue 1nce?
Alexa Schirtzinger, 2013-14 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, former editor-in-chief of the Santa Fe Reporter
Ella Camellia, filmmaker
Katie Patterson of L O L A Creative
Risks and challenges
We're an evolving group that has been responsible, in various capacities, for creating and running and contributing to sites and magazines and newspapers—not to mention running photography/creative studio, speaking about 'zines around the world, protecting your civil rights, creating amazing music videos and short films, writing books and articles, being on the floor at BAPE, writing inspirational blogs, curating/editing verticals at huge cultural sites, launching a tech start-up, producing and co-producing television shows and web series, and so much more.
All that being said—stuff happens. The challenges we anticipate include collaboration practices (as we are all over the U.S.), finding a printer we love and adore (ha!), figuring out whether we're going to accept advertising support, and if so, how that would look. The fun challenge will be working in a finite medium, and so having to choose, to make what are rapidly becoming old-fashioned decisions—in a modern way. We just want this thing to exist brilliantly.
We'll be looking for advice and inspiration from the HRDCVR community every step of the way—so please, speak up! And be assured that whatever comes our way, we will prevail, there will be an actual HRDCVR—and it will be amazing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Look at the reward right below the one you wanted, or the one right above. There are a bunch of great ones. Also, if you are feeling like you must have the one you originally wanted, hit the contact me button, and we can let you know when/if we are adding new prizes. And you can suggest new ones. We appreciate all pledges!
We want there to be, yes! At some point. But it's very important to us for there to be hold-able, real, touchable, tear-able, texture-y HRDCVRs. We want people to feel the weight.
Yes, we have been married since 2005. We don't really keep this tumblr up, but there are some wedding photos, here: http://danyelliott.tumblr.com/
The changing demographics in the United States, and the world. Here are some links:
"Already, half of U.S. children younger than 1 are Hispanic, black, Asian, Native American or of mixed races."
"people could ignore the country’s demographic change. But the election of President Obama was a clear sign that things were different."
"The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future. They are also America’s most racially diverse generation."
"20 years ago, 22 percent of Americans said they had at least one person in their life who was gay. Now? 65 percent of Americans do."
We may update this with newer links all time because there's so much.
Quoting a recent talk Danyel gave: at HRDCVR, "We embrace the politics and cultures of the actual and projected United States populations...We take for granted a boundless number of kinds of people and kinds of relationships and kinds of cultures and kinds of souls."
also, just because, check out Danyel's tumblr, TheSmithian
We love it!
Produced by Danyel and Elliott, it was directed by Ella Camellia, who is from California. She is an amazing young filmmaker, just out of the UCLA School of Theater Film and Design. More about Ella is here: https://vimeo.com/ellacamellia
Ella was referred to us by #teamHRDCVR member Andre Blair.
We will post more stuff from Ella, and from other creatives, very soon.
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[the TRUE-BLUE] thank you so much for supporting HRDCVR! we feel your energy, and you are there with us as we build a real and tangible thing for the New Everyone. You have our gratitude. And you are helping to change the soul of journalism.Estimated delivery:
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[the VIP] at some point over the summer, a shout-out from @ELLIOTTWILSON and @DANAMO at Twitter + a follow from @XHRDCVRX + the aboveEstimated delivery:
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[the TAGGER] a (SFW, credited, Meaningful Glance) reblog from TheSmithian (it has 116K+ followers) and a follow + one reblog from hrdcvrlife.tumblr.com + all of the aboveEstimated delivery:
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[THE LUCKY CHARM] a classic blue block #HRDCVR sticker. + all of the above.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[the RINGLEADER] a limited edition vinyl die-cut HRDlist sticker + all of the aboveEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[the STAR] Thank You credit in the actual HRDCVR + all of the above EXCEPT the RINGLEADER.Estimated delivery:
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[the NONPROFIT] Danyel will consult on/edit up to 1000 words of copy for your registered nonprofit organization + all of the above EXCEPT the RINGLEADER.Estimated delivery:
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[the ARCHIVIST] one piece of the the early HRDCVR brainstorm/design thinking prep materials + all of the above EXCEPT the RINGLEADER and the NONPROFIT.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[the BIBLIOSOPH] signed copy of one book written by or contributed to by Danyel or Elliott (More Like Wrestling, Bliss, ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists, ego trip’s Big Book of Racism) + all of the above EXCEPT the RINGLEADER and the NONPROFIT and the ARCHIVISTEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[you're on the HRDlist] contributor will receive a premium softcover edition of the HRDCVR + classic blue block HRDCVR sticker, twitter shout-outs from @danamo & @elliottwilson, a follow from @xHRDCVRx and @elliottwilson (189K+followers), a SFW reblog from #theSmithian tumblr (117K+ followers), a follow from hrdcvrlife.tumblr.com, a limited edition vinyl die-cut HRDlist sticker, Thank You credit in the actual HRDCVR. Contributor does not receive the NONPROFIT, or the ARCHIVIST, or the BIBLIOSOPH. Also note, for two dollars more, the contributor—you—are in the party (you provide transportation). This is going to be beautiful. Get in.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[the COOL KID] invite to the official HRDCVR launch party (you provide your own travel) + everything above EXCEPT the BIBLIOSOPH and the RINGLEADER and the NONPROFIT and the ARCHIVISTEstimated delivery:
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[the COLLECTOR] a classic edition of VIBE or VIBE Vixen signed by Danyel, or XXL signed by Elliott (we'll tell you what we have, and you can pick) + all of the above EXCEPT the BIBLIOSOPH and the RINGLEADER and the NONPROFIT and the ARCHIVISTEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[the MYSTERIOSO] a curated grab bag box of magazines memorabilia based in work done by either or both Danyel and Elliott + all of the above EXCEPT the BIBLIOSOPH and the RINGLEADER and the NONPROFIT and the ARCHIVISTEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[the AUDIOPHILE] 20-song Spotify or Beats playlist, plus audio intro. In 100, words, you state the situation—homecoming weekend proposal, beach BBQ graduation party, Halloween/All Saints Day, Boxing Day, moving to a new city/going away party, Chaand Raat, St. Patrick's Day, Juneteenth, Mendhi party, lunar New Year, Le quatorze juillet, quinceañera, bachelor/bachelorette blowout, bat/bar mitzvah, Canada Day, delivery room, parade float soundtrack, International Women's Day gathering, historical list for your city/state, Labor Day, Spring Festival, Madaraka Day, Veterans Day, etc.). And then we curate the playlist + you receive all of the above EXCEPT the BIBLIOSOPH and the RINGLEADER and the NONPROFIT and the ARCHIVIST and the MYSTERIOSO, and the COLLECTOR.Estimated delivery:
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[#TEAMHRDCVR] a special, signed, numbered issue of the actual HRDCVR. + all of the above EXCEPT the AUDIOPHILE, the MYSTERIOSO, the RINGLEADER, the BIBLIOSOPH, the ARCHIVIST, and THE COLLECTOR.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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[the PROFESSIONAL] A 30-minute skype consultation about your music/marketing strategy/writing/editing with Danyel Smith or Elliott Wilson + all of the above EXCEPT the RINGLEADER, the AUDIOPHILE, the MYSTERIOSO, the BIBLIOSOPH, the ARCHIVIST, and THE COLLECTOR.Estimated delivery:
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[the ACE] shadow Elliott Wilson for an hour during a CRWN taping + meet the artist + all of the above EXCEPT the AUDIOPHILE, the MYSTERIOSO, the BIBLIOSOPH, the ARCHIVIST, the PROFESSIONAL, the RINGLEADER, and THE COLLECTOR. You provide travel.Estimated delivery:
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[THE NETWORKER] A NYC panel discussion hosted and curated by teamHRDCVR (would included participation by Danyel and Elliott and at least one other teamHRDCVR member plus not less than two guests) + all of the above EXCEPT the AUDIOPHILE, the MYSTERIOSO, the BIBLIOSOPH, the ARCHIVIST, the PROFESSIONAL, the RINGLEADER, and THE COLLECTOR.Estimated delivery:
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[the JETSETTER] Donor will host with Danyel and Elliott and team#HRDCVR a small and amazing Cocktail party at an amazing restaurant in NYC. Invitees will include colleagues from the field of journalism, as well as designers, artists, writers and curators featured in the issue. Guests will receive special limited edition HRDCVR swag. Cocktail party press will be managed by teamHRDCVR and featured on the social feeds of HRDCVR, @elliottwilson, @danamo and more. + all of the above. Please contact #teamHRDVR for more details before pledging. It will be awesome.Estimated delivery:
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