After a year of planning, PUBLIC Journal, a quarterly print and digital publication, has begun to take 2014 by storm. PUBLIC Journal provides an unprecedented platform for the expanding social impact design movement; where the world of architecture and design intersects the voices of activism. This publication exposes the determination to provide good design for those that need it most, but most often do not get it.
The story of PUBLIC Journal is one that showcases the entrepreneurial spirit that many architects exude when the economy gets tough. As the principal architect of a small design-build firm in San Luis Obispo, my partners and I have always maintained an ethos to help nonprofits and NGOs whenever possible. We maintained this principle along with an active humanitarian-based internship program, but we realized that the economy demanded diversification in order to maintain a living in California. So with a staff of talented graphic designers and writers among our fold, it was easy to accept when a publisher asked our company to put together a publication based on the movement we were so passionate about.
PUBLIC Journal began with four writers and two graphic designers. Having already been a writer for another news publication, I began to source stories as potential features for the first issue. The contributing writers, all of whom are active writers for other publications such as impactdesignhub.org, designaffects.com, and Metropolis Magazine, quickly began to take ownership in their role. Content was never something our team was short on. As we put together the first issue the only stumbling block became gathering advertising and corporate sponsors interested in partnering with a startup publication.
The evolution of the impact design movement has grown tremendously over the past two decades, and now, more than ever, I am excited to see organizations like the AIA promoting and teaching the emerging professionals to give back. At the 2014 AIA Convention, a convention themed “Design with Purpose”, almost 20 of the sessions and courses that were offered were geared towards public interest, community, and impact design. Of the emerging professionals getting involved in the AIA out of college a growing number of them are more interested in offices with projects in the humanitarian realm than ever before. Firms are beginning to understand this attraction, and more over they understand that the growing client base is the billions of people not being served.
Since its inception, PUBLIC Journal has gathered the support and the stories from many of the top professionals in this inspirational movement. Readers get insight into the social, political, and cultural issues that surround this burgeoning movement. PUBLIC Journal tells stories of like-minded individuals attempting to make a difference, and celebrates their challenges and successes, one project at a time.
This type of voice is too important to the community, and thus our team at PUBLIC Journal has decided to allow free digital subscriptions to all AIA members. PUBLIC Journal invites AIA members to come and get a glimpse into this new publication by completing their online survey and downloading the free app. Instructions for how to access the digital subscription through the app will accommodate every completed survey. The survey can be found here: Survey.
For those AIA members that still love the smell and feel of print magazines the journal is also available on the PUBLIC Journal website through subscription. You can learn more about PUBLIC Journal and catch a preview of articles and stories at: www.thisispublicjournal.com. Please also visit our Indiegogo campaign and help PUBLIC Journal continue to grow during our infancy. There are great perks including tickets to our launch party in San Francisco at the Autodesk Gallery on November 5th of this year! So please donate now!