clintonduncan 13th July 2010 @ 10.12 PM
Hi Bruce, Dan,
You know what? I completely agree with you. In fact, this was one of my biggest gripes with the 'old' infront. I saw it as a clique, pissing in each others pockets, back-patting and self promoting themselves on the shoulders of other people's work. My criticisms, attacks and put downs of the 'old' infront are well known by many and I was quite aware of the irony and hypocrisy of my first news post on infront being self promo. It bugged me. I cringe now on re-reading the "I'm one of them" line as it seems to read as 'look at me, I'm talented'.
Before posting, I ran the post past another editor, to see if they thought it was newsworthy. They answered a resounding yes. The work that There have produced recently, and in the past, is at the pointy end of the industry in Australia. And I've only been with the studio for 3 weeks now, so it's nothing to do with me. The work in the latest batch of blog posts on There is of a high calibre, and of interest/value to the community.
In the interests of open-ness and transparency, I disclosed my interest, so that you dear readers, are in possession of all the facts. If I hadn't made this disclosure, you would be none the wiser, and you'd simply evaluate the content on it's merits - which I think we can all agree is high quality and of interest.
My other contributions to the community have been a Talk piece about how designers can brand and promote themselves, and a reply in the forum to someone seeking help with news printing. My intention with being a part of this community (a place I publicly proclaimed I'm 'done' with) was to impart some of the help, advice and inspiration I received from it as a young aspiring designer.
I'd like to make a commitment to you both, and the community as a whole, that I will not disrespect you all by simply exploiting the news posting privilege as a self promotional tool. This is the first and only time I'll post anything vaguely self promotional.
Thanks for calling me on my shit. It's what I do to others all the time, so it's only right I take it on the chin when it's served up for me.