Just a note to thank you for the lovely emails that have pouring in re: Mankind Mag. I wanted to give an update for those of you who have been asking the what/when/hows of it all. I think the easiest format to do this is with a mini Q/A of the top five questions you’ve all been asking:
Will Mankind Mag be replacing Inspiration, the eZine?
Yes. Although I wouldn’t call it ‘replacing’, b/c it’s more editorial in nature than the eZines were. I hate to see Inspiration go, but the format just wasn’t working for me and I found each issue less inspiring [for lack of a better word] for me to compile. I’m a firm believer that if something isn’t working for you, then make it work for you. This is my attempt to make it work for me, and hope I’m making it work for you, as well.
But I liked Inspiration!?
Then you’re in luck, because I’m in the mist of compiling a ‘Best of Inspiration’ commemorative limited edition of 250 hard-covered book with never-before-seen-photographs. You’ll love it, really. More on that later [realistically, MUCH later].
What can I expect from Mankind Mag?
A little bit of everything. A LOT of art/artist perspective, a bit of music, media, culture, design and inspiration. Pretty much everything you like about DesignForMankind.com [or so I hope], but to the ninth degree. And much, much more awesome.
When/where will it be released?
June 30th, right here, available for FREE download. I’ll upload it to Issuu as well, for those of you that love the flip feature [I do, too!].
Will there be sponsored advertisements in the publication?
Yes. In fact, good segue. Inspiration [Issue 5] hit 10,000 downloads last week. So if you’re looking for a bit of online presence for your shop, blog or business, email me for ad rates. I think it will be a great opportunity, and you can participate for as low as $75 [a special rate for the debut only]. Deadline is Friday, June 20th, so HURRY!
What will the sponsorship money go toward?
I like to be as open as possible with this issue. Right now, my goal is to get enough sponsors for the debut issue of Mankind Mag to actually print the publication. But, because I want to keep costs low and offer the magazine at a decent rate, I’m going to need to put in my own money toward the printing. If I can get enough sponsors to contribute, we can print full speed ahead. If not, maybe the next issue, or the one after that. I hope, I hope, I hope!
OK, so I think that pretty much sums up most of your questions. I am TOTALLY available if you have more, so feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I never sleep [truly!], so email away!
Love to you all, and thank you MILLIONS for your support. You are so dear to me.