Meeting Minutes 10/25/2007
- Still collecting content.
- Need to meet with By Design on the mailer.
- Need to get website started.
October is official "push content forward" month:
Attending: Aaron, David
On the front burner:
Mailer soliciting advertisers
On the back burner:
Beginning of school year logistics:
Announcements need to be made at:
Post flyers around Rapson and McNeal soliciting participation from grad students.
Attending: Aaron, Angie, Scott
Content we have:
For the beginning of the school year:
Attending: Aaron, David, Scott
Attending: Aaron, David, Scott
Attending: Aaron, David, Scott, Sarah Steil
Attending: Aaron, David, Scott, Angie
Attending: Aaron, Scott, David
There were two new submissions in the there emailbox. Aaron passed around the print-outs. One submission about a graphic design exhibition about incarceration seemed like a promising one. The seems less promising. Aaron will contact both authors to find out more.
Aaron is in the process of getting a new website started.
Attending: Aaron, David, Scott, Kate
A good discussion of the Design Democracy interview/article. What's democratic about design?
David has a draft of a letter to David Orr, author of Nature's Operating Instructions.
Attending: Aaron, Katie, David, Angie, Kate
Attending: Aaron, Katie, Angie, David
In attendance: David, Scott, Kate, Katie
Advertising discussion continued from last week with Tom. Pros: journal could be free, wider circulation, larger budget, self sustaining. Cons: more magazine-like and commercial than academic, freedom of content cant be compromised. Format: ads placed together in back, firm directory similar to the Architecture Minnesota listings. Other income options: grants and sponsorship, although these require a clear strategic plan
Credit for staff members discussed. Currently a one credit class taken 3 times, ideal is a 3 credit class taken twice. The main obstacle is accreditation, so we should check how other schools deal with this and write up how it fits.
Discussion on how to increase submissions, focusing on the next issue. Once theme is determined (same as CDES theme?), we should create a poster call for firms explaining the mission statement. Also a standard letter could be mass mailed to potential writers. We also discussed the option of payment for submissions.
Attending: Scott, Aaron, Angie, Kate, Tom Fisher
Meeting with Dean Fisher:
Attending: David, Aaron, Scott, Katie, Kate, Angie
At Montana Coffee In attendance: Kate, Katie, Angie, David, Scott, Aaron, Andrea
Content: * Wolbert article: need more specific focus. private/collective? freedom/boundaries? access to services. need a case study. What does design have to do with this? (Kate) * Wielsler - surveillance and barriers. Contrast with Kristen's article about 9/11. (Andrea) * Angie will perhaps write about the architectural professional and the problems with liability/insurance, etc. * Michael Pyatok article on re-zoning? (Scott?) * Architecture theses? * Urban Exploration (Andrea) An interview? Bring questions.
We will be meeting this summer at Montana Coffee [514 N 3rd St #102, Minneapolis, map] each tuesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m., starting tuesday, May 15th.
Attending: Aaron Westre, Angie Boersma, David McWilliams, Juan Jin, Kate Gerhon
Attending: Aaron Westre, David McWilliams, Juan Jin
In attendance: Aaron Westre, Juan Jin, Angie Boersma
Attending – David, Angie, Kate
Here is a summary of the meeting this morning.
Potential student involvement. How can we identify students who would be good candidates for helping with the journal? A personal invitation of a few people might get them to be involved. Tom Fisher’s theory class and Robert Ferguson’s Enlightenment were identified as two classes where instructors might know about students. Others?
Faculty advisor. One of the major needs we have is a faculty advisor who can put in time and be a consistent contact/organization person. Robert Ferguson, Ozayr Salojee, and Lance Necar (potentially too busy) were identified as good candidates. Others?
Writing of grant proposals was discussed. Kate has done this before and will teach Angie how to do it.
The staff of T/here will create a 5 year strategic plan. This will included the journals mission, vision, financial plan for self-sufficiency and place within CDes’ academic programs. David – will write draft of vision and mission statement. Kate – will write procedures regarding operation of the journal. Angie – will write business plan. (Aaron, do you want to take a stab at formulating how the journal might fit in as a class? Or how ever we think best to incorporate it into the curriculum.)
That’s about it. I did have a thought on surveillance. If you write an article on it another potential dimension to explore is the whole issue of aerial photography and surveillance.
Attendance: Aaron Westre, Juan Jin, David McWilliams, Angie Boersma
I thought the meeting with Susan went really well on Wednesday. I just thought I would send out a summary of the things we discussed so we can have a record. Feel free to add things I missed.
We need to develop a strategic plan for the journal. This should include a vision for what the journal is trying to accomplish.
Related to the strategic plan is identifying who our target audience is.
Getting a publisher would eliminate much of the upfront cost and work associated with producing the journal ourselves. However, we will loose some control over graphic appearance and printing options. A publisher would also take care of much of our advertising and leave us free to work on content. A publisher would mean a commitment to producing a high quality journal and would probably require a faculty member to stay on top of things. With a publisher we also have a much longer lead time on completing content (need content in October to publish in spring of following semester).
We need a more present faculty advisor. The journal is lacking consistency of management and will require someone more permanently in place than a students can provide. Discussion revolved around someone who might be new to the department and might want to pick up an additional responsibility. Journal should remain student run.
Along with this might be a more organized class option. Questions would be how to fit this in with the current curriculum. There also could be participation at a couple different levels. Perhaps two classes offered simultaneously or one after the other.
The suggestion was also made to get an advisory committee. This might best be done with members of the community involved in design field rather than within the school itself. This might provide more time and resources than faculty can provide (these people might be good contacts into the design community). Before a committee is formed specific duties and purpose need to be identified.
Book or journal:
Currently our ISBN number makes our publication a book rather than a journal.
It might be good to begin tracking potential expenses.
That’s what I remember. I’m sure there’s more or different impressions of what came out of the meeting. Feel free to add.
Attendance: Aaron Westre, David McWilliams
Attendance: David McWilliams, Aaron Westre, Kate Gehron
Attendance: David McWilliams, Aaron Westre
Attendance: David McWilliams, Aaron Westre, Kate Gehron, Juan Jin
Attendance: Aaron Westre, Tom Fisher, David McWilliams, Kate Gerhon
Attendance: Kate Gehron, Juan Jin, David McWilliams, Aaron Westre
Attendance: David, Aaron
Call for Ideas:
Attendance: Aaron Westre, David McWilliams, Kate Gehron.
Getting everyone up to date on what the journal is and what we're doing. Kate is interested in the publishing and marketing side of things. Woo hoo!
Aaron will coordinate a new meeting time.
We're discussing David's latest draft for the call for submissions.
In attendance: Aaron Westre, David McWilliams, Scott Watson.
The call is in good shape. We need to send it out soon. What else do we need for the call?
We need to put up posters for the call for submissions and call for participating.
David will revise call and send out tomorrow. I will work on the fineprint and get that to David. We'll also take a crack at laying out the call and posters.
Call for Submissions - Illicit Space
Time Schedule Should Be:
Call for submissions:
We're in room 225, Rapson Hall. In attendance: Aaron Westre, David McWilliams.
I'm here with David again, this time in room 245, our studio space. Room 225 is in use today, but we have it reserved for the rest of the semester.
I'm sitting here with David alone in room 225. We're talking about topics:
Here are some things from the issue 3 "Big Edit Ho-down" that apply to our duties for issue 4: