The late nights, coffee and tireless efforts of the desktop team are finally on show — our new publication launches today! Semi-Precious: 29 graduates who will change the creative industry is ready to go, but we can’t yet breathe a sign of relief — we need your help to get it published!
It all started here: at desktop, we are constantly exposed to the work of incredible graduates through the Emerging Talent category of our annual Create Awards, through our online Folio feature, and through the memorable interns who enter our office. But we realised that everyone else might not be aware, and that the graduates might not even know each other. So we pulled together all our contacts and resources and collated a brand new publication, Semi-Precious, to feature some of the most exciting work from around the country. Within it, we explore what makes these graduates different and pose the question: how will the talent and energy of these graduates change the industry?
At 9am this morning, our funding campaign for the publication went live on Pozible. We want to talk about potential, and hypothesise the future of the industry. We want to help some of Australia’s most exciting new talent navigate the workforce, and we want to help professionals to embrace these bright young talents - but we need you.
As the graduate population continues to grow and job opportunities remain scarce, we feel that there needs to be a curated collection of notable emerging talent in the hands of the creative industry. To become an annually published platform, Semi-Precious will showcase and celebrate an entire generation of outstanding students. We’re ready to get this book in front of those who will benefit most — you, your peers, potential sponsors, professional studios and even prospective students.
Across more than 120 pages, interviews and selected work from 29 outstanding graduates who are producing exciting photography, digital work, illustration and graphic design, will be included. Alongside commentary from influential thinkers, makers and doers, a conversation is sparked about the seismic shift of the creative landscape. Coinciding with our annual Create Awards night, their work will be up in lights, and the book will be launched in front of an audience of over 500 acclaimed professionals, sponsors, industry figures and graduates.
Utilising the potential of crowdfunding, we’re starting with $5 pledges that reward your support, ranging from a printed thank-you, to limited edition Semi-Precious key tag from Various Projects, a 1hr folio review session with our editor, donations from our friends like Gemma O’Brien and Luke Brown, Create Awards Night tickets, and of course – copies of the book. More will be added as we go!
We can’t do it without you!