Call For Collaboration: your chance to work with Actual Source on a series of graphic stamps

16 April 2019

Call for Collaboration is an It’s Nice That x Dropbox Paper project connecting creatives from across the world to collaborate on fun, fully commissioned creative projects. Each month we’ll spotlight the projects on It’s Nice that and show how Dropbox Paper helps these great ideas come to life.

​​In our second instalment of Call for Collaboration, Utah-based designers and publishers Actual Source are on the lookout for a graphic designer or illustrator to help it co-create a series of graphic stamps.

Founded by JP Haynie and Davis Ngarupe, Actual Source considers collaboration as a key part of its output. To put together its publication, Shoplifters , the designers work with a long list of creative gems, including Raf Rennie, Hassan Rahim, and Stefan Marx – to name only a few. “We always learn a lot from our collaborators,” Actual Source tells us. “We are very curious and want to learn as much as we can, collaborating facilitates that. As Fraser Muggeridge says ‘Knowledge is design’.”

For their project with a brand new collaborator, the pair has chosen the theme a “collaboration of two cities”, looking for a graphic design or illustration-orientated creative to discuss the similarities and differences of the two places each lives and works. Considering the fact that JP and Davis will not know their new collaborator personally they thought it would be good to choose a subject that would be familiar to all of them. “Also, the final outcome would represent each of us in some way," they explain.

Once Actual Source and its soon-to-be-decided collaborator discuss the visual references of their respective home cities, JP and Davis want to interpret the conversations into graphic stamps. Considering it a fascinating graphic format that could show multiple, isolated representations of each city, they also like how graphic stamps often show imperfections – not something often seen in the meticulous world of design.

​​JP and Davis say they’re open to working with someone with almost any style or background. Their main hope is to find someone whose work is “in contrast to ours". So, whether your expertise is in typography or hands-on illustration, they suggest submitting the work which best shows your passion and approach.

How to enter

Choose examples of your existing work which demonstrates what Actual Source is looking for to make this project come to life.

Upload your work on Instagram with #CallForCollaboration and @itsnicethat and tell us why you’d love to take part.

It’s Nice That and Actual Source will pick one person from the submissions to take part in the collaboration on 2 May.

The collaboration to create the project will take place from 2 May – 21 May. You must be able to take part during these dates.

Important Information

This collaboration is fully commissioned, a fee will be agreed between It’s Nice That and the selected collaborator before the project begins.

We’re not asking people to create original work to enter, instead, we want you to showcase your existing work, ideas and talents.

Terms and Conditions

Entries to the Call For Collaboration project will be open from 12pm GMT 16 April 2019 to 6pm GMT 1 May 2019.

All entrants must enter examples of their work through the #CallForCollaboration on Instagram in order to be shortlisted for the project.

All creative work must legally belong to the individual uploading entry through copyright law.

It’s Nice That reserves the right to choose any individual to take part in #CallForCollaboration project.

The project is a paid commission. A fee will be decided between by It’s Nice That and the individual/individuals to be agreed upon in a contract separate from the terms and conditions listed here.

On being selected for the project, the chosen individual/individuals must be willing to sign a contract to deliver the work and assets affiliated with the campaign. Separate terms and conditions will be presented in this contract.

It’s Nice That and Dropbox are not liable to any costs or expenses affiliated with individuals submitting work to the #CallForCollaboration project. By entering this project, you release It’s Nice That, Dropbox, and Instagram from any claims or losses relating to the #CallForCollaboration project.

This project is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. It’s Nice That is the sole sponsor of this project.

It’s Nice That and Dropbox hold no rights to publish entries made on #CallForCollaboration on any of its digital or print channels.

The individual/individuals who are chosen for the project may not exchange the commission fee for any alternative cash or prize.

By entering your work to #CallForCollaboration on Instagram, you submit that you have fully understood and agreed with the terms and conditions listed above.

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Lucy Bourton

Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.

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