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  • Background
    In December 2008, I, along with a few others, had an idea for a book project that would take advantage of the many talented up-and-coming as well as established artists, that can be found daily on the design-community website QBN.com http://www.qbn.com formerly known as Newstoday, which I have been a member of since 2001.

    The main aim of the project was to inspire donations [$50 per book] to the Patrick O'Brien Foundation http://www.patrickobrienfoundation.org/ and to the strengthen the QBN community in 'coming together' for this cause. Patrick was one of the original editors, contributers and members whom was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2005 at the age of 30.

    Concept
    The book showcases a diverse selection of work from members of QBN, representing all styles of outstanding visual media, including graphic design, illustration, and photography. The book is envisioned to paint a picture of the unique community that QBN is - a community that in spite of vast differences among its members (geographical, biographical, philosophical, and disciplinary) plays an important part, both professionally and personally, in the lives of the community members.
    A community, where everything from students asking for direction on elemental graphical issues, to established designers asking for help with a logo takes place. There's a unique 'camaraderie' among the members, and at the same time it is incredibly competitive and sometimes ruthless (as the design-profession often is). We feel, that that the tie-in to Patrick (a long time QBN member) and his need for support is a very opportune time to display the importance and power of the QBN community.

    The book features the work of established designers such as, Andrew Townsend (Un.Titled), Michael C. Place (Build), Darren Firth (keepsmesane, wearitwithpride), Chuck Anderson (nopattern), Hellohikimori and many other up-and-coming designers.

    Status
    For the past couple of months we have received, artworked and laid out all submissions and have been working with DGV / Die Gestalten Verlag as the publisher. But as of recently this partnership has ended, so now we are looking for a new publisher that would be interested in this project. Please feel free to drop me a line mgiesser@gmail.com if you have interest in helping this project come to fruition.