Opportunity at Something Else Newspaper – Deadline 18th Oct

We are looking for a designer (or design group) to develop the visual identity for a new, weekly national newspaper. It’s called Something else – a newspaper for an alternative view – with weekly coverage of climate change, UK politics, work, life, rights, cultures, protest, peace & conflict, revolution, family, education, positive changes, music, food, the future.

This autumn we will be crowdfunding to cover the first 3 months of print and distribution costs and launching in the new year with a circulation of 5,000 copies – aiming to increase this to at least 50,000, covering a minimum of 10 UK cities, within the first year. The newspaper must reach out to those who don’t have access to a regular alternative media source. It aims to provide a balance away from the heavily corporate-dominated world of UK national media. For this to happen effectively we believe it must visually reference and take inspiration from traditional newspaper design whilst also reflecting the progressive, optimistic, and innovative goals and politics of the project. The Something else team is looking for a designer (or design group) who can work within this space.

The designer(s) will work with the editorial group to develop a visual identity that includes the newspaper masthead and logo. Following on from that they will design the newspaper template. After the launch we’d expect the workload to be about half-a-day a week. This project would suit a group of designers who can share the work – there will be a weekly print deadline.

Unfortunately, the position is not paid – for the time being all contributors are working unpaid. The newspaper aims to be self-financing after 3 months and any income raised after print and distribution costs will go to staff. It should be noted that the newspaper is strictly not-for-profit and will contain no commercial advertising.

Being involved in this project requires commitment – stemming from a desire for political change. We are looking to work with people who want to grow with the project. Having an interest in the media, and a desire to challenge existing political structures is essential to this project.

Thanks so much for thinking about this and we look forward to hearing from you. Please respond by sending us your portfolio and an expression of interest in writing – no more than 200 words. If you’d rather speak on the phone please email us your portfolio and your telephone number.

The deadline for responses is midnight October 18th 2017 editors@else.place