Julian Glander is on the lookout for a collaborator to create a new set of emojis

20 August 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 the latest instalment of Call for Collaboration, the joyful, sometimes silly but ridiculously talented Julian Glander has asked us to help him find a new creative penpal.

An animator and illustrator with a long reel of films to his name, as well as the creator of brilliant game Art Skool , Julian is on the lookout for a brand new collaborator to join his working process for a few weeks. Working largely in 3D animation, Julian’s brief is to create a set of new emoji icons illustrating lesser known emotions. The animator will work on the concept of these emojis with you, before turning them into 3D illustrated objects, finally creating a set of stickers as the final outcome.

Working so directly with other artists is quite a rarity for Julian, who says that as he does more and more projects, "I’m growing out of my lone-wolf mindset and finding that things turn out for the better when there are other people involved. A lot of times, if I don’t have someone else to bounce ideas around with I just don’t finish anything.”

As a result, one thing Julian particularly loves is that “initial back-and-forth in collaboration,” a creative feeling where pretty much anything is possible. “When you have two people with different viewpoints and life experiences and you end up finding a common ground to work in, it’s so magical.”

But when it comes down to what he’s looking for in a possible collaborator to have those conversations with, Julian is searching, quite simply, for “someone with cool ideas!” Therefore the discipline in which a collaborator works is also wide open with possibility, especially considering that Julian is “always drawn to and fascinated by artists whose brains work differently from mine,” he points out, noting “drawings, poems, photography, ceramics and tattoos” are all welcome!

Ahead of the project on Dropbox Paper, it’s the actual craft of “turning someone else’s 2D work into 3D” that Julian is looking forward to most, though. “I usually work off of my own super simple sketches or just start directly in a 3D modelling programme, so this one is definitely throwing my process for a loop,” he says. “Actually, I’m kinda scared. But it’s a good scared!”


Julian Glander


Julian Glander

How to enter

Choose examples of your existing work which demonstrates what Julian 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 Julian will pick one person from the submissions to take part in the collaboration on 29 August.

The collaboration to create the project will take place from 29 August – 24 September. 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 12 pm GMT 20 August 2019 to 6 pm GMT 28 August 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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