RECOGNIZE is a design anthology that will feature essays and commentary from Indigenous people and people of color — the next generation of emerging design voices.
Please refer to our guidelines for full details.
Who We Are
RECOGNIZE is a project from designer Maurice Cherry, 2018 recipient of the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary from AIGA. The first volume of this anthology, “Space”, was funded through a grant from the Design Forward Fund from InVision.
What We're Seeking
We are seeking original essays about design, design culture, or the design profession. Essays can come in any format — a narrative, a critique, a manifesto, an argument, etc., and they can be expository, descriptive, or whatever you like.
For the second volume of RECOGNIZE, all essays will share one word as a theme: “fresh”. It's up to the author to determine how they will incorporate “fresh” into their submission. The word can have many interpretations, so be creative and have fun with it!
Essays should be no more than 3,000 words; please do not exceed the word count if you want your submission to be considered.
We especially encourage submissions from LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse writers, writers with disabilities, and religious, ethnic, and cultural minorities.
Your submission must be an essay. Please do not submit videos, images, poems or any other media for your submission that is not an essay.
Your submission must be original and not published anywhere else. That means your personal website or blog, Medium, a series of tweets, an Instagram caption...whatever.
Submissions must be in MS Word format (.doc, .docx), rich text format (.rtf) or plain text format (.txt). Google Docs links or PDFs will not be accepted for submission.
Please do not make multiple submissions with revisions — if we accept your submission, you will be connected with an editor to help edit and polish it for publication. The finished anthology will be published here near the end of 2020.
Submissions for Volume 2 of RECOGNIZE open on March 1, 2020.
The final deadline to submit is April 30, 2020.
Every contributor with an accepted submission will be paid a flat amount of 600 USD for their essay, including digital publishing rights. Payment will be issued after the final work, author bio, and any notes have been edited and approved.
How to Submit
Submissions for Volume 2 of RECOGNIZE will open on March 1, 2020. The opening announcement, along with other news regarding RECOGNIZE, will be posted on Twitter from @mauricecherry.
Iif you have any submission-related questions, please send them to email@example.com, and we’ll answer them as soon as we can.
Please do not send your actual submissions via email; they will not be accepted.
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